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November 21, 2010

Vaseline Intensive Rescue, a Unilever brand, is on a mission to rescue dry skin this...

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Vaseline Intensive Rescue, a Unilever brand, is on a mission to rescue dry skin this winter by sending out the Dry Skin Patrol team.

The team is comprised of real women who know what it's like to have dry skin and is charged with putting their skin and lotion to the test at some of the country's harshest winter activities for skin. Serving as the team's leader is Wendie Malick, an actress and star of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland."

 

November 21, 2010

A cholesterol-lowering drug made by Merck appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes...

DENVER A cholesterol-lowering drug made by Merck appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cardiac death in patients with chronic kidney disease, according to results of a new study.

 

Merck said results of a 9,000-patient clinical study showed that Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) reduced the risks by 16.1% compared with placebo. Results of the study were presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology.

 

 

November 21, 2010

An intensive cancer patient management program by Walgreens’ specialty pharmacy professionals could save health plan...

DEERFIELD, Ill. An intensive cancer patient management program by Walgreens’ specialty pharmacy professionals could save health plan payers $2,000 to $4,000 per patient each month, the company announced.

November 18, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for preventing skeletal injuries in patients...

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for preventing skeletal injuries in patients whose cancer has spread to the bone.

 

The FDA announced Friday the approval of Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based biotech company Amgen’s Xgeva (denosumab) for bone metastases.

 

 

November 18, 2010

One of the Big Three in pharmaceutical wholesaling is about to get a lot bigger....

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — One of the Big Three in pharmaceutical wholesaling is about to get a lot bigger.

(THE NEWS: Cardinal Health to acquire pharmaceutical distributor Kinray. For the full story, click here)

November 18, 2010

The customer care team of CVS Caremark's pharmacy benefit management business earned a silver medal...

WOONSOCKET, R.I. The customer care team of CVS Caremark's pharmacy benefit management business earned a silver medal for its customer service by Contact Center World, CVS announced Friday.

November 18, 2010

A diabetes community network is offering tips to diabetics that are traveling this holiday season....

WESTPORT, Conn. — A diabetes community network is offering tips to diabetics that are traveling this holiday season.

 

DLife emphasized that since diabetes doesn't take a holiday, managing the condition shouldn't either. On its website, DLife.com, the company is offering such tips to diabetics as:

November 18, 2010

A new analysis indicated that retailers should expect a modest increase in sales despite wavering...

SAN FRANCISCO — A new analysis indicated that retailers should expect a modest increase in sales despite wavering consumer confidence.

The report, developed by global management consulting firm Kurt Salmon Associates, projected 2.1% to 2.6% growth in personal consumption expenditures for fourth quarter 2010. The analysis also showed spending on durable and nondurable goods will continue to outpace spending on services this holiday season.

November 18, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday reported that Vigor-25, a product inappropriately marketed as...

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday reported that Vigor-25, a product inappropriately marketed as a natural dietary supplement to enhance male sexual performance, should not be purchased or used because it contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in the prescription drug Viagra.

 

November 18, 2010

Regional supermarket chain Fresh & Easy has kicked off its in-store food drive for the...

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Regional supermarket chain Fresh & Easy has kicked off its in-store food drive for the holiday season.

The food drive, which will benefit food banks in the California, Nevada and Arizona markets, asked customers to donate canned and boxed goods at any store location through Christmas Eve. Between donations from customers and Fresh & Easy stores, more than $1 million in food will be given to local food banks and charities to help fight hunger this holiday season, the retailer said.

November 18, 2010

GNC on Thursday announced the launch of its GNC Longevity Factors, GNC's first and only...

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Thursday announced the launch of its GNC Longevity Factors, GNC's first and only complete line of nutritional supplements marketed for aging well. The line features supplements that support health and bioavailability enhancement technology to improve the absorption of a key antioxidant important for healthy cell aging.

 

November 18, 2010

No matter how you slice it, the flexible spending account changes that are part of...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — No matter how you slice it, the flexible spending account changes that are part of the overall Affordable Care Act aren’t doing a whole lot by way of saving healthcare dollars, at least not for patients. Indeed, about the only benefactors are those folks who have to make dollars and cents out of what might become the first casualty of the Obamacare healthcare package — those who have to explain how the administration plans to pay for this package, you know, by not raising taxes.

November 18, 2010

Health experts have addressed the benefits of drinking wine to boost overall health, and it...

CHICAGO — Health experts have addressed the benefits of drinking wine to boost overall health, and it seems that most consumers are taking notice.

November 18, 2010

The fact that CVS Caremark's MinuteClinic was highlighted as an innovator of healthcare delivery by...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The fact that CVS Caremark's MinuteClinic was highlighted as an innovator of healthcare delivery by the World Economic Forum's Innovation Health Care Delivery Project is important on several fronts. Not only does the recognition further illustrate the important role that convenient care clinics are playing in U.S. health care, but perhaps even more importantly, this forum also was a global stage for the clinic operator.

November 18, 2010

One of the nation's largest brewing companies has appointed a new member to serve on...

DENVER — One of the nation's largest brewing companies has appointed a new member to serve on its board of directors.

Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro, joined Molson Coors' board, effective immediately. Goldner is the ninth independent director following a search to replace Pam Patsley, who stepped down as a director in December 2009. The Molson Coors board of directors is comprised of 14 directors.

 

November 18, 2010

Pfizer got promising results from a late-stage clinical trial of a cancer treatment, the drug...

NEW YORK — Pfizer got promising results from a late-stage clinical trial of a cancer treatment, the drug maker said Friday.

 

Pfizer announced results of the phase-3 “AXIS 1032” trial of the kidney cancer drug axitinib, saying that it “significantly” extended the lives of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma compared with Nexavar (sorafenib), made by Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

 

 

November 18, 2010

Prosperity Organic Foods has kicked off an online campaign for its buttery spread....

HAILEY, Idaho — Prosperity Organic Foods has kicked off an online campaign for its buttery spread.

Melt boasts itself as a "healthy substitute" for butter, delivering the creamy goodness of butter but with 20% fewer calories and no trans fat, the company said. The campaign is looking to boost the use of all natural Melt buttery spread as an ingredient in cooking and baking.

Melt can be found at supermarkets nationwide, including Fred Meyer, King Soopers and City Markets.

November 18, 2010

Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. government are suing two generic drug makers to stop...

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. government are suing two generic drug makers to stop them from launching a generic drug for HIV, according to published reports.

 

Bloomberg reported Thursday that Tibotec, a subsidiary of J&J, and the government were separately suing Mylan and Lupin over a generic version of the drug Prezista (darunavir ethanolate), alleging patent infringement.

 

 

November 18, 2010

The Jean Coutu Group may be only biding its time before making another go at...

CALGARY, Alberta — The Jean Coutu Group may be only biding its time before making another go at a pharmacy operation in the United States, the Calgary Herald reported Friday, citing Jean Coutu Group chairman Jean Coutu’s recently released autobiography, written in French.

 

According to the report, Coutu suggested that jettisoning the Eckerd headquarters led to the early demise of the Brooks-Eckerd deal because there “weren't enough key personnel to make the merger work.”

 

 

November 18, 2010

Adding pharmacists to a primary care team could help diabetics better manage associated risks, according...

NEW YORK — Adding pharmacists to a primary care team could help diabetics better manage associated risks, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Alberta.

Among 153 hypertensive Type 2 diabetes patients studied, 82 who had advice from a pharmacist were more likely to reach blood pressure treatment targets recommended by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

November 18, 2010

A new urban fashion accessory has hit the market....

NEW YORK — A new urban fashion accessory has hit the market.

Hatch Ventures recently introduced Subs, designed for consumers who wear baggy pants well below the waistline. Like traditional suspenders, Subs are designed to keep pants from falling down by cinching around the waist and are worn underneath a shirt. The wearer can control how long they want their pants to "sag," and prevent pants from falling any lower.

Subs carry a suggested retail price of $34.95 and currently are available on Hatch Ventures' website, HatchVentures.com.

November 17, 2010

Arctic Ease on Thursday announced the launch of its Arctic Ease cryotherapy pads and wraps....

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. Arctic Ease on Thursday announced the launch of its Arctic Ease cryotherapy pads and wraps. The cold therapy products can be used at room temperature, conform to the body and adhere directly to the skin, the company said.

"The wraps and pads conform to the affected area, allow a full range of motion and provide a cooling therapy that is simple, convenient and incredibly effective," stated Carol Forden, president and CEO of Arctic Ease.

 

November 17, 2010

A Type 2 diabetes drug marketed by Eli Lilly and Amylin Pharmaceuticals may lower the...

CHICAGO — A Type 2 diabetes drug marketed by Eli Lilly and Amylin Pharmaceuticals may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease compared with other diabetes treatments, the two companies said Wednesday.

 

According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s scientific sessions in Chicago, use of Byetta (exenatide) was associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease than insulin and several other drug classes.

 

 

November 17, 2010

Cardinal Health is looking to expand the pharmaceutical segment of its business by acquiring a...

DUBLIN, Ohio Cardinal Health is looking to expand the pharmaceutical segment of its business by acquiring a pharmaceutical distributor serving the New York metropolitan area.

The company said its acquisition of Kinray for $1.3 billion in an all-cash transaction would significantly expand its ability to serve retail independent pharmacies in the northeastern United States. Kinray currently serves more than 2,000 retail independent pharmacy customers as a distributor of both branded and generic pharmaceuticals.

November 17, 2010

A coalition of six associations, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the National Association...

WASHINGTON — A coalition of six associations, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, on Thursday called on Congress to repeal the requirement that prevents consumers from using their flexible spending accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines without a prescription as of Jan. 1.