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April 17, 2014

Akorn on Thursday announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal for $640 million in cash.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Akorn on Thursday announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal for $640 million in cash. The combination of Akorn and Hi-Tech will transform the company into a larger, more diversified generic player, the company stated. This combination also brings critical mass and scale to Akorn’s business and strengthens the company’s position with retail and institutional customers.

February 24, 2014

Omron Healthcare on Monday launched the Alvita Ultimate Pedometer, which replaces its HJ-112 model.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron Healthcare on Monday launched the Alvita Ultimate Pedometer, which replaces its HJ-112 model. The new pedometer uses Tri-Axis technology to count steps accurately almost anywhere the device is positioned, including the hip, pocket or a purse. It has four activity modes for both regular and aerobic activities, and stores up to seven days of information on the display.

February 13, 2014

Pharmacy automation provider Kirby Lester on Thursday went live with its new online store.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Pharmacy automation provider Kirby Lester on Thursday went live with its new online store

Kirby Lester maintains one of the largest markets of automatic tablet/capsule counter sales in the United States. 

January 29, 2014

Omron Healthcare on Tuesday announced the release of its new Pain Relief Pro electroTHERAPY unit.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron Healthcare on Tuesday announced the release of its new Pain Relief Pro electroTHERAPY unit. Its versatility delivers more settings and more power for more relief with 10 power levels and eight pre-set modes.

January 9, 2014

Bio-Oil, which hails from South Africa, has become a cult skin care product, thanks in large part to one special ingredient — PurCellin oil.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Bio-Oil, which hails from South Africa, has become a cult skin care product, thanks in large part to one special ingredient — PurCellin oil. The breakthrough ingredient changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy. And, with a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base, Bio-Oil helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

January 9, 2014

Pacific World, the maker of SensatioNail gel polish, is bringing together the best of polish and the best of gel to create the new Fuse Gelnamel.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Pacific World, the maker of SensatioNail gel polish, is bringing together the best of polish and the best of gel to create the new Fuse Gelnamel.

The all-in-one formula delivers one coat coverage and anti-chip technology. And with the use of the LED lamp, it cures in just 30 seconds.

Beginning in January, Fuse Starter Kits and individual Gelnamel colors will be available for $29.99 and $9.99, respectively.

December 3, 2013

Innovative BioDefense, manufacturer of the Zylast line of broad-spectrum, persistent antimicrobial products, on Tuesday announced an exclusive relationship with Australian-based Picketts Health to provide a modification of their proprietary lotion and antiseptic sanitizer for use in Picketts Health’s patented Orbel hand sanitizer applicator.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Innovative BioDefense, manufacturer of the Zylast line of broad-spectrum, persistent antimicrobial products, on Tuesday announced an exclusive relationship with Australian-based Picketts Health to provide a modification of their proprietary lotion and antiseptic sanitizer for use in Picketts Health’s patented Orbel hand sanitizer applicator.  

November 26, 2013

Generic drug maker Hospira will have its investor conference next week, the company said Tuesday.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Generic drug maker Hospira will have its investor conference next week, the company said Tuesday.

The drug maker, based in the Chicago area, will have the investor day at its headquarters on Dec. 5. Hospira specializes in manufacturing injectable generic drugs, including biosimilars for the European market.

The event will include slide presentations, and the company will stream it via audio webcast at its investors website, hospirainvestor.com.

 

November 12, 2013

Hospira had sales of $1 billion in third quarter 2013, the generic drug maker said.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Hospira had sales of $1 billion in third quarter 2013, the generic drug maker said.

Hospira, which specializes in making generic injectable drugs, as well as biosimilars for the European market, said the sales figures for the quarter were a 1.4% increase over the $994 million in sales reported in third quarter 2012. Profits for the quarter were $84.5 billion, compared with $78.4 billion during the same period last year.

November 5, 2013

A recently released clinical trial has found that patients taking a biotech drug for arthritis and those taking a biosimilar version had similar responses to both treatments.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A recently released clinical trial has found that patients taking a biotech drug for arthritis and those taking a biosimilar version had similar responses to both treatments.

October 22, 2013

A top executive of generic drug maker Hospira spoke in favor of giving biosimilar drugs the same generic names as the branded biologics they're based on.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A top executive of generic drug maker Hospira spoke in favor of giving biosimilar drugs the same generic names as the branded biologics they're based on.

September 13, 2013

Omron on Friday announced it is partnering with Earndit to offer users of its Omron Activity Monitor and Weight Loss Tracker rewards for being active.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron on Friday announced it is partnering with Earndit to offer users of its Omron Activity Monitor and Weight Loss Tracker rewards for being active. 

Users link their Omron Fitness account to Earndit, and track their activity to earn points that can be redeemed for prizes or charity donations. 

The company is also hosting a Twitter party to help promote the offer Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. EST by using the hashtag #fitwithOmron.

August 27, 2013

Akorn announced its proposed acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal for $640 million in cash.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Akorn on Monday morning announced its proposed acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal for $640 million in cash.

August 19, 2013

Natural hair care line NATU has announced that its entire line will be available in selected Whole Foods Market retail stores throughout the New England region — Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, as of early September.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Natural hair care line NATU has announced that its entire line will be available in selected Whole Foods Market retail stores throughout the New England region — Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, as of early September.

According to the manufacturer, what makes its formulas unique is that they are made with natural, plant-based ingredients that match up with the structural ingredients found in healthy hair.

August 6, 2013

Hospira posted sales of $1 billion during second quarter 2013, a 0.7% decrease compared with second quarter 2012, the generic drug maker said.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Hospira posted sales of $1 billion during second quarter 2013, a 0.7% decrease compared with second quarter 2012, the generic drug maker said.

Hospira, which specializes in making generic injectables, also posted $318.7 million gross profit, a 12.4% increase over second quarter 2012's $283.5 million.

May 17, 2013

Hospira has reappointed its chief scientific officer after he briefly left the country earlier this year, the generic drug maker said.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Hospira has reappointed its chief scientific officer after he briefly left the country earlier this year, the generic drug maker said.

Sumant Ramachandra has been reappointed to the position, effective Friday, and will be in charge of the company's research and development, regulatory and medical affairs.

April 18, 2013

Generic drug maker Hospira has appointed Matt Stober as its SVP operations, the company said.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Generic drug maker Hospira has appointed Matt Stober as its SVP operations, the company said.

Stober, who began working for Hospira in 2011 as corporate VP U.S. pharmacy operations, will have expanded leadership over all the company's drug manufacturing, as well as manufacturing science and technology, engineering, competitive strategy, health and safety, supply chain and procurement. Stober succeeds John Elliot, who has led operations since April 2012 and will provide continuity of support until he retires at the end of the year.

March 8, 2013

Omron recently charged analgesic aisles with a new pain relief option.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron recently charged analgesic aisles with a new pain relief option. Omron's Electro-Therapy Pain Relief unit is the only approved transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit on the market and should be an adjunctive sale for chronic pain sufferers. The product could add a spark to nonmedicinal, external pain relief. Sales of heat and ice packs were relatively flat in 2012, with sales approaching $235 million.

March 5, 2013

Hospira has appointed one of the founding members of its legal leadership team to corporate VP, general counsel and secretary, the company said.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Hospira has appointed one of the founding members of its legal leadership team to corporate VP, general counsel and secretary, the company said.

Hospira said the appointment of Royce Bedward would take effect immediately. Bedward will report to SVP and general counsel Brian Smith.

November 13, 2012

The University of Illinois College of Pharmacy has named Kirby Lester president and CEO Garry Zage its 2012 Alumnus of the Year, the pharmacy automation manufacturer said Tuesday.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The University of Illinois College of Pharmacy has named Kirby Lester president and CEO Garry Zage its 2012 Alumnus of the Year, the pharmacy automation manufacturer said Tuesday.

Zage, who graduated from the college in 1977, purchased Kirby Lester in 2005. He has worked in pharmacy for more than 35 years and focused on pharmacy automation for more than 15 years, the company said, adding that the award recognizes graduates who are innovators, exhibit leadership and have contributed significantly to the pharmacy profession.

October 24, 2012

Pacific World’s at-home gel polish brand SensatioNail is gearing up for the holiday season with the launch of a limited edition 2012 holiday collection, SensatioNail Glitter Gel Polish Duos.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Pacific World’s at-home gel polish brand SensatioNail is gearing up for the holiday season with the launch of a limited-edition 2012 holiday collection, SensatioNail Glitter Gel Polish Duos.

October 12, 2012

Pharmacy automation manufacturer Kirby Lester has launched a version of one of its tablet counters with streamlined verification software.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Pharmacy automation manufacturer Kirby Lester has launched a version of one of its tablet counters with streamlined verification software.

The company announced the launch of KL1Plus, which it said combines the KL1 tablet counter with the updated software. The device will be introduced at the National Community Pharmacists Association and Department of Defense Joint Forces Pharmacy Services annual convention in San Diego this month.

October 9, 2012

There’s a new option for chronic pain sufferers that ought to spark some growth across external analgesics, including heat and ice packs: Omron’s recently approved ElectroTherapy Pain Relief unit.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — There’s a new option for chronic pain sufferers that ought to spark some growth across external analgesics, including heat and ice packs: Omron’s recently approved ElectroTherapy Pain Relief unit. There are as many as 60 million chronic pain sufferers, according to the American Chronic Pain Association. And of those in search of pain relief solutions, 80% seek more than one type, according to research conducted on behalf of Thermionics. So Omron’s $69.99 transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit should be an adjunctive sale.

October 8, 2012

Pacific World's at-home gel polish brand SensatioNail has announced the launch of SensatioNail French manicure gel polish in clear and sheer pink, and French manicure tips.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Pacific World's at-home gel polish brand SensatioNail has announced the launch of SensatioNail French manicure gel polish in clear and sheer pink, and French manicure tips.

September 18, 2012

Omron Healthcare on Tuesday introduced a new electrotherapy solution for muscle and joint pain relief called the Omron ElectroTherapy Pain Relief unit.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron Healthcare on Tuesday introduced a new electrotherapy solution for muscle and joint pain relief called the Omron ElectroTherapy Pain Relief unit.

“There are as many as 100 million people in the U.S. with acute or chronic pain,” Omron senior product manager Maureen Perou said. “What’s different about this product is that it demystifies and simplifies a time-tested therapy. It’s like having a physical therapist by your side whenever you need it.”