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April 1, 2014

Louisville, Ky., was named the No. 1 spring allergy capital, up from No. 5 last year, on Monday by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

LANDOVER, Md. — Louisville, Ky., was named the No. 1 spring allergy capital, up from No. 5 last year, on Monday by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 

Louisville earned top allergy honors because of its higher-than-average pollen counts, high use of allergy medicines by local patients and too few allergy specialists in the metro area, AAFA stated. 

The southern and southeastern United States will be particularly bad for allergy sufferers. All 10 of the top 10 allergy cities are in these two regions: 

April 1, 2014

In a move to increase traffic and grow sales, Family Dollar said it added 400 products to its food offerings and reduced prices on 1,000 other items.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a move to increase traffic and grow sales, Family Dollar said it added 400 products to its food offerings and reduced prices on 1,000 other items.

As part of the rollout, the operator of more than 8,100 stores enlisted the aid of television personality, author and chef Pat Neely. Plans call for Neely to participate in several special events including a recipe contest in which the challenge is to prepare a meal for four for under $15. The contest winner will receive a cooking experience with Neely at his home in Memphis.

April 1, 2014

Kroger on Tuesday announced that SVP Robert "Pete" Williams plans to retire in May after 37 years with the company.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced that SVP Robert "Pete" Williams plans to retire in May after 37 years with the company.  

April 1, 2014

Innovative Products has announced the launch of Gotcha Covered, a line of children’s daily use hair care products for head lice prevention.

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — Innovative Products has announced the launch of Gotcha Covered, a line of children’s daily use hair care products for head lice prevention.

Gotcha Covered offers a shampoo, conditioner, styling gel and leave-in detangler, as well as a surface spray, that parents can use on their children’s scalp and items they frequently touch and share before they ever get head lice.

April 1, 2014

Prasco Labs on Tuesday announced that it has signed a marketing and distribution agreement with Eli Lilly and Co. to market the authorized generic version of Evista (raloxifene hydrochloride tablets), 60 mg strength, in the United States.

CINCINNATI — Prasco Labs on Tuesday announced that it has signed a marketing and distribution agreement with Eli Lilly and Co. to market the authorized generic version of Evista (raloxifene hydrochloride tablets), 60 mg strength, in the United States.

April 1, 2014

Ralph Lauren Fragrances is expanding its portfolio with the new Midnight Romance for women.

NEW YORK —- Ralph Lauren Fragrances is expanding its portfolio with the new Midnight Romance for women.

Available in select retailers beginning April, Midnight Romance is designed to capture Ralph Lauren's understanding of feminine sensitivity and beauty. Each bottle design detail exhibits the sensual mystique of the fragrance. The transparent bottle with its soft pink juice is sealed with a shiny metallic black cap with silver outline.

April 1, 2014

Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has acquired Boston-based Health Dialog Services Corp., a provider of health coaching, shared decision making and healthcare analytics from Bupa, a London-based international healthcare services group.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has acquired Boston-based Health Dialog Services Corp., a provider of health coaching, shared decision making and healthcare analytics from Bupa, a London-based international healthcare services group. Through the acquisition, Health Dialog will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. 

April 1, 2014

Sanofi on Monday named Anne Beal to the newly created position of chief patient officer.

PARIS — Sanofi on Monday named Anne Beal to the newly created position of chief patient officer. 

April 1, 2014

Shiseido Co. — a Japanese cosmetics manufacturer whose brands include Global Shiseido, bareMinerals and Nars — has chosen to have its American Depositary Receipts trade on OTCQX, the OTC Markets Group has announced.

NEW YORK — Shiseido Co. — a Japanese cosmetics manufacturer whose brands include Global Shiseido, bareMinerals and Nars — has chosen to have its American Depositary Receipts trade on OTCQX, the OTC Markets Group has announced.

Shiseido begins trading on April 1 on OTCQX International Premier, a segment of the OTCQX marketplace reserved for non-U.S. companies that are listed on a qualified international exchange and provide their home country disclosure to U.S. investors.  

April 1, 2014

Prince Lionheart announced that SnoozeShade, one of the newest additions to its line of products, is the recipient of the 2014 Cribsie "New Arrival" Award.

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Prince Lionheart announced that SnoozeShade, one of the newest additions to its line of products, is the recipient of the 2014 Cribsie "New Arrival" Award. The Cribsie Awards recognize the best products, services and websites for babies.

The SnoozeShade provides babies and young children with a restful environment when they're away from home or during the bright summer months. SnoozeShade, available for strollers and car seats, allow babies to rest while blocking out sun rays, inclement weather and pests.

 

April 1, 2014

A derivative of vitamin A, known as retinoic acid, found abundantly in sweet potato and carrots, helps turn pre-cancer cells back to normal healthy breast cells, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Oncology.

PHILADELPHIA — A derivative of vitamin A, known as retinoic acid, found abundantly in sweet potato and carrots, helps turn pre-cancer cells back to normal healthy breast cells, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Oncology. The research could help explain why some clinical studies have been unable to see a benefit of vitamin A on cancer: the vitamin doesn’t appear to change the course of full-blown cancer, only pre-cancerous cells, and only works at a very narrow dose.

April 1, 2014

New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density.

April 1, 2014

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more clinicians to screen patients for tobacco use and advise smokers on how to quit.

NEW YORK — Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more clinicians to screen patients for tobacco use and advise smokers on how to quit. Using mobile phones loaded with tobacco screening guidelines prompted nurses to ask patients about their smoking habits in 84% of clinic visits and to offer cessation counseling to 99% of smokers who expressed a willingness to kick the habit, according to a study from Columbia University School of Nursing published in Oncology Nursing Forum.

April 1, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced the introduction and availability of Raloxifene hydrochloride tablets, USP.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced the introduction and availability of Raloxifene hydrochloride tablets, USP. This product is AB rated and bioequivalent to Evista tablets.  

Raloxifene hydrochloride tablets, USP are indicated for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. 

Teva was first to file, making the product eligible for 180 days of marketing exclusivity.

April 1, 2014

ThinSlim Foods, a specialty baker, is unveiling a new category of healthy baked goods, snacks and desserts. Consumers will be able to enjoy the products, which range from brownies to cheese pizza, with a guilt-free mentality, the company said.

RINGOES, N.J. — ThinSlim Foods, a specialty baker, is unveiling a new category of healthy baked goods, snacks and desserts. Consumers will be able to enjoy the products, which range from brownies to cheese pizza, with a guilt-free mentality, the company said.

April 1, 2014

Procter & Gamble is introducing new Tide Oxi Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. The cleaner will hit shelves just in time for spring cleaning and will give consumers the ability to clean both in and out of the laundry room, the company said.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble is introducing new Tide Oxi Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. The cleaner will hit shelves just in time for the annual spring cleaning tradition and will give consumers the ability to clean both in and out of the laundry room, the company said.

Tide Oxi can be used to clean everything from carpet and upholstery to bathtubs and patio furniture. Consumers also can use it as an additive to laundry detergent as an added stain fighter.   

March 31, 2014

All laundry detergent, a brand from Sun Products Corp., announced the extension of the All mighty pacs line with the introduction of new All mighty pacs OXI.

WILTON, Conn. — All laundry detergent, a brand from Sun Products, announced the extension of All mighty pacs with the introduction of All mighty pacs OXI. The pre-measured doses aim to simplify laundry by treating tough dirt stains in a single-dose pac, the company said.

March 31, 2014

Just days after the Food and Drug Administration approved Otezla, a new oral therapy to treat active psoriatic arthritis in adult patients, Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Friday announced that it is prepared to begin distributing the drug.

PHOENIX — Just days after the Food and Drug Administration approved Otezla, a new oral therapy to treat active psoriatic arthritis in adult patients, Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Friday announced that it is prepared to begin distributing the drug. 

At this time, Avella is one of a select number of pharmacies that are contracted by Celgene, the drug manufacturer, to dispense the product at launch.

March 31, 2014

C-Line Products, a developer and manufacturer of storage, protection and organization products for office products and education markets, announced two new resources for the classroom.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — C-Line Products, a developer and manufacturer of storage, protection and organization products for office products and education markets, announced two new resources for the classroom.

March 31, 2014

Consumer Reports has ranked Wegmans No. 1 in its list of supermarkets across the country with a score of 88, according to a report in USA Today published Thursday.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Consumer Reports has ranked Wegmans No. 1 in its list of supermarkets across the country with a score of 88, according to a report in USA Today published Thursday. Publix ranked No. 3 with a score of 85. Costco, Hy-Vee, Harris Teeter and H-E-B also made the top 10 list. 

Wegmans, along with Trader Joe's, was rated best among employee courtesy and checkout speed. 

March 31, 2014

Cristophe Professional, a hair care line developed by celebrity stylist Cristophe, is now available at Ulta Beauty.

LOS ANGELES — Cristophe Professional, a hair care line developed by celebrity stylist Cristophe, is now available at Ulta Beauty.

March 31, 2014

CVS Caremark has announced that it will be the National Premier Sponsor of Easter Seals Walk With Me in 2014 — its ninth straight year.

CHICAGO — CVS Caremark has announced that it will be the National Premier Sponsor of Easter Seals Walk With Me in 2014 — its ninth straight year.

Demonstrating its continued commitment to children with disabilities and their families through the All Kids Can Program, CVS Caremark and thousands of its colleagues nationwide have raised nearly $10 million through Walk With Me to support local Easter Seals services throughout the years.

March 31, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 years to 17 years.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 years to 17 years. This is the first FDA approval of a drug for migraine prevention in this age group. 

The medication is taken on a daily basis to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.

Topamax was first approved by the FDA in 1996 to prevent seizures. It was approved for migraine prevention in adults in 2004.

March 31, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced. 

“Switching medicines, whenever appropriate, from prescription to non-prescription status improves access, empowers consumers to care for their own health and is an important strategy for Pfizer,” stated Paul Sturman, president, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The FDA approval of Nexium 24HR is a significant milestone in executing against our plan.”

March 31, 2014

Greenstone announced the introduction of Piroxicam capsules to its generic pharmaceutical product line. The drug is offered in dosage strengths of 10 mg and 20 mg, and is the generic equivalent to Feldene.

PEAPACK, N.J. — Greenstone announced the introduction of Piroxicam capsules to its generic pharmaceutical product line. The drug is offered in dosage strengths of 10 mg and 20 mg, and is the generic equivalent to Feldene.

Piroxicam is intended for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This new, authorized generic adds to Greenstone’s growing line of products, and is backed by the distribution and customer service support of Pfizer Inc., the company said.