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December 6, 2012

Johnson & Johnson is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug to treat active psoriatic arthritis, the company said Thursday.

HORSHAM, Pa. — Johnson & Johnson is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug to treat active psoriatic arthritis, the company said Thursday.

J&J subsidiary Janssen Biotech submitted an application to the FDA for Stelara (ustekinumab) for adult patients with the disease, which affects more than 2 million people in the United States, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Another subsidiary is seeking approval for Stelara for the same usage in Europe.

November 15, 2012

Kimberly-Clark has announced the appointment of former Kraft Foods executive Michael Hsu as president of North America consumer products, succeeding Robert Abernathy, who announced his intent to retire after more than 30 years with the company.

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark has announced the appointment of former Kraft Foods executive Michael Hsu as president of North America consumer products, succeeding Robert Abernathy, who announced his intent to retire after more than 30 years with the company. 

Abernathy will remain with K-C through 2013 to oversee the European strategic changes announced last month in K-C's earnings call. Abernathy and Hsu will report to chairman and CEO Thomas Falk.

September 25, 2012

How do you transform a drug store into something else? Something new. Something no one has ever seen before. And what would it look like? 


How do you transform a drug store into something else? Something new. Something no one has ever seen before. And what would it look like? 


To truly reinvent something, you have to be willing to let go of everything you’ve ever known or thought you knew about it; you need to erase all of the preconceptions and abandon the archetypes of what you think it is, what people told you it should be. You need to find the white space. 


September 25, 2012

As the largest single purchaser of prescription drugs in the world, with a global pharmaceutical wholesale operation to match, in-house manufacturing capabilities in over-the-counter health and wellness and generic drugs, Walgreens-Alliance Boots will have a whole lot more influence on the pharmacy side of its business.


Much has been written already about Walgreens’ epic, two-step acquisition of Alliance Boots that in the end could be valued at $16 billion. As the largest single purchaser of prescription drugs in the world, with a global pharmaceutical wholesale operation to match, in-house manufacturing capabilities in over-the-counter health and wellness and generic drugs, Walgreens-Alliance Boots will have a whole lot more influence on the pharmacy side of its business.


August 29, 2012

Global consumers' intent to buy food and beverages online has jumped 44% in two years, and more than one-quarter (26%) said they planned to purchase food and beverage products by way of a device with Internet access — such as a computer, mobile phone or tablet — in the next three to six months, according to Nielsen.

NEW YORK — Global consumers' intent to buy food and beverages online has jumped 44% in two years, and more than one-quarter (26%) said they planned to purchase food and beverage products by way of a device with Internet access — such as a computer, mobile phone or tablet — in the next three to six months, according to Nielsen.

August 13, 2012

Pfizer will be the next consumer healthcare company to reach the market with a switched proton-pump inhibitor.

NEW YORK — Pfizer will be the next consumer healthcare company to reach the market with a switched proton-pump inhibitor. Pfizer on Monday afternoon announced that it has entered into an agreement with AstraZeneca for the over-the-counter rights to Nexium.

July 30, 2012

Coca-Cola has streamlined its operating structure and the senior leaders for those businesses, the company said.

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola has streamlined its operating structure and the senior leaders for those businesses, the company said.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Coca-Cola will organize around three major operating businesses: Coca-Cola International — which will consist of the company's Europe, Pacific and Eurasia and Africa operations; Coca-Cola Americas — which will consist of the company's North America and Latin America operations; and the Bottling Investments Group, which oversees the Coca-Cola-owned bottling operations outside of North America.

July 24, 2012

The professional skin care products market realized a 5.3% gain in 2011, according to a new report from Kline.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The professional skin care products market realized a 5.3% gain in 2011, according to a new report from Kline.

In the latest "Professional Skin Care Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities" report,  Kline found that sales for the European market came close to pre-recession peak levels, rising 4%, while China and South Korea posted growth of 9.3% and 9.5%, respectively, within the professional sector.

July 3, 2012

Rexam, a global consumer packaging company, is looking to shed its personal care business for $709 million in cash.

LONDON — Rexam, a global consumer packaging company, is looking to shed its personal care business for $709 million in cash.

May 4, 2012

Although its Oreo cookie brand turned 100 years old this year, Kraft Foods said the brand's global presence is greater than ever.

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Although its Oreo cookie brand turned 100 years old this year, Kraft Foods said the brand's global presence is greater than ever.

Oreo grew double digits in North America during first quarter 2012 and nearly 40% in Europe and developing markets, the company said. Sales of Oreo also grew nearly 25% in 2011, Kraft Foods said.

March 12, 2012

The 2011 growth of the natural personal care segment waned slightly but still consistently outperformed the overall beauty market, according to recent findings from consulting and research firm Kline & Co.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The 2011 growth of the natural personal care segment waned slightly but still consistently outperformed the overall beauty market, according to recent findings from consulting and research firm Kline & Co.

March 6, 2012

SodaStream has launched a new line of flavors sweetened with an all-natural plant-based sweetener.

AIRPORT CITY, Israel — SodaStream has launched a new line of flavors sweetened with an all-natural plant-based sweetener.

SodaStream said its stevia-laden flavors initially will launch in Europe, with U.S. sales expected to begin this summer. The initial flavors, with less than five calories per serving, include pink grapefruit, peach-pear, orange, lemon-lime, cranberry-apple and others.

February 29, 2012

Driving innovation in the year ahead is beauty that’s “plugged in” and encompasses electricity and energy, according to Mintel Beauty and Personal Care, which also predicted that packaging will reflect the increase in interactivity between virtual and real worlds, making greater use of sound, video and QR codes. Enter Kinetique.

CHICAGO — Driving innovation in the year ahead is beauty that’s “plugged in” and encompasses electricity and energy, according to Mintel Beauty and Personal Care, which also predicted that packaging will reflect the increase in interactivity between virtual and real worlds, making greater use of sound, video and QR codes. Enter Kinetique.

January 23, 2012

As part of a move to integrate its beauty care products business, Kao has named John Nosek president of Kao USA, the newly restructured beauty care company that merges Kao's prestige, mass and salon businesses in the United States.

CINCINNATI — As part of a move to integrate its beauty care products business, Kao has named John Nosek president of Kao USA, the newly restructured beauty care company that merges Kao's prestige, mass and salon businesses in the United States.

Beginning this month, Kao's beauty care subsidiaries in North America and Europe will run as unified organizations in the major countries in which they operate. In his capacity as president of Kao USA, Nosek will oversee the consumer products business, professional salon business and Molton Brown USA.

January 18, 2012

Patent expirations of key blockbuster drugs and efforts by payers to contain costs are likely to bring strong growth to the global generic drug market in the next few years as market-earned revenues grow by more than $100 billion, according to an analysis by research firm Frost & Sullivan.

LONDON — Patent expirations of key blockbuster drugs and efforts by payers to contain costs are likely to bring strong growth to the global generic drug market in the next few years as market-earned revenues grow by more than $100 billion, according to an analysis by research firm Frost & Sullivan.

The report, titled "Generic Pharmaceuticals Market — A Global Analysis" and focusing on the United States and Europe, also found that healthcare expenditure and sales revenues are poised to shift to India, China, Brazil, Turkey and South Korea.

January 17, 2012

A product exclusively designed for breast-fed babies has made its U.S. debut.

MCHENRY, Ill. — A product exclusively designed for breast-fed babies has made its U.S. debut.

January 11, 2012

PZ Cussons, a consumer products group in Europe, Asia and Africa, is expanding its beauty division with the acquisition of the Fudge hair care brand from Australia-based Sabre Group.

LONDON — PZ Cussons, a consumer products group in Europe, Asia and Africa, is expanding its beauty division with the acquisition of the Fudge hair care brand from Australia-based Sabre Group.

The brand and associated inventory are being acquired by PZ Cussons for 25.5 million pounds ($39.5 million). The transaction is expected to close by the end of January, following the satisfaction of certain regulatory obligations.

January 4, 2012

A large European study released Tuesday found that daily aspirin use is linked to an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that can damage the central vision that is essential for reading and driving.

SAN FRANCISCO — A large European study released Tuesday found that daily aspirin use is linked to an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that can damage the central vision that is essential for reading and driving. The study was published in the January issue of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

January 3, 2012

Kraft is reentering the breakfast market with belVita Breakfast biscuits. National rollout of belVita — which Kraft has sold in Europe for the last decade and started selling in the United Kingdom last year — will begin this February to 90,000 U.S. retail locations.


GLENVIEW, Ill. — Kraft is reentering the breakfast market with belVita Breakfast biscuits. National rollout of belVita — which Kraft has sold in Europe for the last decade and started selling in the United Kingdom last year — will begin this February to 90,000 U.S. retail locations.


November 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has appointed a new chief of staff for commissioner Margaret Hamburg, according to a letter sent to agency employees Monday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has appointed a new chief of staff for commissioner Margaret Hamburg, according to a letter sent to agency employees Monday.

In the letter, Hamburg announced the appointment of Lisa Barclay. Barclay, currently a partner at the Washington law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, will replace Molly Muldoon, who was previously chief of staff and more recently the agency's acting COO.

November 3, 2011

Beauty supply retailer Sally Beauty Holdings has bolstered its presence in Europe by acquiring Kappersservice Floral B.V. and two related companies, Hair Zone B.V. and Exphair B.V. (the “Floral Group”).

DENTON, Texas — Beauty supply retailer Sally Beauty Holdings has bolstered its presence in Europe by acquiring Kappersservice Floral B.V. and two related companies, Hair Zone B.V. and Exphair B.V. (the “Floral Group”).

October 21, 2011

This year’s jump in measles in the United States and Canada was costly and occurred among unvaccinated children and adults, suggested several studies being presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America here Thursday.

BOSTON — This year’s jump in measles in the United States and Canada was costly and occurred among unvaccinated children and adults, suggested several studies being presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America here Thursday.

October 19, 2011

Takeda Pharmaceuticals has started a late-stage clinical trial program for a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes, the drug maker said.

OSAKA, Japan — Takeda Pharmaceuticals has started a late-stage clinical trial program for a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes, the drug maker said.

October 11, 2011

At the beginning of the year, a major global controversy was settled when it turned out that a study published in The Lancet in 1998 linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism in children turned out to be a whopper of a fraud.


At the beginning of the year, a major global controversy was settled when it turned out that a study published in The Lancet in 1998 linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism in children turned out to be a whopper of a fraud.


But despite the exposure of the study’s author — and outbreaks of preventable diseases among children in the United States and Europe, thanks to parents who opted to have their kids vaccinated — it appears that sowing fear of childhood vaccines still appears to have some currency.


September 30, 2011

Drug maker Takeda has completed its acquisition of another drug maker.

OSAKA, Japan — Drug maker Takeda has completed its acquisition of another drug maker.

Takeda said that the deal, valued at $13 billion, is in line with the company's 2011-2013 mid-range plan, and that Nycomed's significant business infrastructure in Europe and high-growth emerging markets will enhance Takeda's regulatory development expertise and commercialization capability.