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November 16, 2010

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has recommended expanded approval of a vaccine for...

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has recommended expanded approval of a vaccine for genital warts.

Merck announced Wednesday that the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended approval of Gardasil (human papillomavirus quadrivalent [types 6, 11, 16 and 18] vaccine, recombinant) for males and females ages 9 to 26 years to prevent anal cancer and anal intraepithelial neoplasia, both diseases that result from infection by the human papillomavirus.

November 16, 2010

A class of alcoholic beverages that rapidly became popular among young people over the last...

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A class of alcoholic beverages that rapidly became popular among young people over the last few years is headed for the drain.

 

The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to four manufacturers of beverages that combine high amounts of alcohol and caffeine, effectively issuing a federal ban on the beverages.

 

 

November 16, 2010

A decision by a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee could pave the way for...

ROCKVILLE, Md. A decision by a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee could pave the way for the first new drug to treat lupus in decades.

 

The FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee voted 13-2 Tuesday to recommend approval for Benlysta (belimumab), a drug for systemic lupus erythematosus made by British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline and U.S.-based Human Genome Sciences, the two companies announced. Lupus is an inflammatory disorder that affects internal organs, joints and skin and, in its severest forms, can be fatal.

 

November 16, 2010

Shortly after announcing a partnership with Walgreens, Genesis Today said it would bring its superfruit...

AUSTIN, Texas — Shortly after announcing a partnership with Walgreens, Genesis Today said it would bring its superfruit juices line to Walmart.

Beginning this month, the company will be extending its exclusive line of superfruit juice offerings with four new products that include first-to-market superfruit teas, omega-enriched orange juice and a lower-calorie acai juice.

November 16, 2010

A provider of self-service kiosk solutions has inked a definitive agreement to acquire an operator...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A provider of self-service kiosk solutions has inked a definitive agreement to acquire an operator of unattended DVD rental kiosks.

November 16, 2010

Hair accessories brand Goody has announced the launch of its new Statements collection, available as...

ATLANTA — Hair accessories brand Goody has announced the launch of its new Statements collection, available as of October at Target locations.

The new Statements collection is designed to give women boutique-inspired hair accessories for less. Products in the collection include mini tortoise claw clips, oval tortoise snap clips, tortoise buckle headbands and tortoise ring barrettes.

The suggested retail prices range from $3.99 to $6.99.

November 16, 2010

Inko's line of ready-to-drink white teas has expanded to include two new flavors....

NEW YORK Inko's line of ready-to-drink white teas has expanded to include two new flavors.

November 16, 2010

A group representing the nation's independent pharmacies praised a local drug store's participation in a...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A group representing the nation's independent pharmacies praised a local drug store's participation in a drug take-back program.

November 16, 2010

In the first half of 2010, consumers continued to shift to less-expensive private-label products in...

DALLAS — In the first half of 2010, consumers continued to shift to less-expensive private-label products in all categories, including the personal care and baby care segments, according to a recent survey by Epsilon Targeting, a provider of consumer information for targeted marketing solutions.

November 16, 2010

Patients taking an investigational treatment for cardiovascular disease showed big improvements in cholesterol levels, according...

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Patients taking an investigational treatment for cardiovascular disease showed big improvements in cholesterol levels, according to late-stage clinical trial results released Wednesday.

 

November 16, 2010

Procter & Gamble and Walmart are continuing their Family Movie Night initiative with a third...

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble and Walmart are continuing their Family Movie Night initiative with a third made-for-TV family film.

The companies said that "A Walk in My Shoes," starring Nancy Travis, Philip Winchester and Yara Martinez, will premiere on Dec. 3 on NBC. The film builds on the success of the first two films in the Family Movie Night initiative, "Secrets of the Mountain" and "The Jensen Project."

November 16, 2010

The maker of Joose flavored malt beverages has filed a lawsuit against one of the...

SAN DIEGO — The maker of Joose flavored malt beverages has filed a lawsuit against one of the nation's most popular brewing companies, citing infringement and unfair competition.

November 16, 2010

With the holiday season fast approaching, Walgreens is aggressively positioning itself as a holiday shopping...

DEERFIELD, Ill. With the holiday season fast approaching, Walgreens is aggressively positioning itself as a holiday shopping destination via its website and a holiday shopping guide it is mailing directly to consumers.

November 16, 2010

Playtex Products on Tuesday launched the Wet Ones Healthy Hands Zone website, an educational resource...

SHELTON, Conn. Playtex Products on Tuesday launched the Wet Ones Healthy Hands Zone website, an educational resource developed by Bill Nye, science educator and author of "Bill Nye the Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs."

The website will house video demonstrations of and instructions for science experiments that teach children about germs and keeping hands clean, as well as information about preventing the spread of germs.

November 15, 2010

American Greetings is bringing laughs on the go with its latest line....

CLEVELAND American Greetings is bringing laughs on the go with its latest line.

Pocket Talkers offer a whole new take on funny sound cards. The cards feature detachable talking characters that are sure to entertain, American Greetings said. Each "talker" is mounted to the front of the greeting card and is ready to serve up a series of funny audio clips at the push of a button.

 

Pocket Talkers are available for purchase wherever American Greetings products are sold.

 

November 15, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday formally established the new Center for...

BALTIMORE — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday formally established the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

 

Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Innovation Center is charged with finding new ways of delivering health care and paying healthcare providers in an effort to save money for Medicare and Medicaid while improving the quality of care. CMS also announced the launch of new demonstration projects that will support efforts to better coordinate care and improve health outcomes for patients.

November 15, 2010

There is a direct correlation between the amount of a patient's out-of-pocket co-pay and prescription...

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — There is a direct correlation between the amount of a patient's out-of-pocket co-pay and prescription abandonment, according to the findings of a CVS Caremark-sponsored study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study also found that e-prescriptions are more likely to be abandoned at retail compared with handwritten prescriptions.

November 15, 2010

A natural pet food brand has been named the official dog food of an upcoming...

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — A natural pet food brand has been named the official dog food of an upcoming sled dog race.

Eagle Pack said it would sponsor the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which runs from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. As the official dog food sponsor, Eagle Pack will supply food along the trail, and will dedicate funds to the health and care of the Iditarod dogs.

November 15, 2010

Biopharmaceutical company Oragenics has expanded retail distribution of its oral care probiotic EvoraPlus through an...

TAMPA, Fla. — Biopharmaceutical company Oragenics has expanded retail distribution of its oral care probiotic EvoraPlus through an agreement with Winn-Dixie Stores. EvoraPlus will be sold in select Winn-Dixie locations, beginning in January 2011.

 

November 15, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control...

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other healthcare professionals, government, academic, international and industry partners to support Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, Nov. 15 to 21, as part of a joint effort to encourage the appropriate use of antibiotics.

 

November 15, 2010

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has upheld a patent held by...

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has upheld a patent held by Indianapolis-based drug maker Eli Lilly covering a chemotherapy drug, Lilly said Monday.

 

The case concerns a patent covering Alimta (pemetrexed) that expires in July 2016 and generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ challenge to it.

 

 

November 15, 2010

Hero Nutritionals has developed a multivitmain dark chocolate product, which will add to the company's...

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Hero Nutritionals has developed a multivitmain dark chocolate product, which will add to the company's functional chocolate line.

 

The company on Nov. 5 announced that the Healthy Indulgence product line will launch with four varieties to help achieve daily wellness, bone health, weight loss and stress relief.

 

 

All Healthy Indulgence chocolate vitamins come with 28 individually wrapped pieces, each only 39 calories, and carry a suggested retail price of $28.99.

November 15, 2010

Generic injectable drug maker Hospira has launched a version of a chemotherapy drug, the company...

LAKE FOREST, Ill. Generic injectable drug maker Hospira has launched a version of a chemotherapy drug, the company said Monday.

 

Hospira announced the launch of gemcitabine hydrochloride in 2-g vials, a generic version of Eli Lilly’s Gemzar.

 

 

Gemzar had sales of nearly $750 million in 2009, according to Hospira.

 

November 15, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic treatment made by Impax for seasonal...

HAYWARD, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic treatment made by Impax for seasonal allergies, Impax said Tuesday.

 

The drug maker announced the approval of its generic version of Sanofi-Aventis’ Allegra-D (fexofenadine hydrochloride and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride) tablets in the 60-mg/120-mg strength.

 

 

November 15, 2010

A leading charitable funder of and advocate for Type 1 diabetes research and a drug...

NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO — A leading charitable funder of and advocate for Type 1 diabetes research and a drug maker have entered into a research collaboration agreement to provide financial support for a clinical proof-of-concept study to investigate the effects of an analog of the human hormone leptin in patients with Type 1 diabetes.