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April 16, 2014

Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the healthcare system.

PALO ALTO, Calif. and ROCHESTER, Minn. — Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the healthcare system. 

Through a mobile device, Better provides tailored Mayo Clinic health information to the clinic's nurses, and a Better Personal Health Assistant who helps simplify and manage people's care.

April 16, 2014

The National Retail Federation on Wednesday told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from cybercriminals and hackers.

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation on Wednesday told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from cybercriminals and hackers.

NRF VP for retail technologies, Tom Litchford, testified before a field hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, where he outlined specific steps that the nation’s retailers are pursuing and implementing to identify, prevent and combat cyberattacks.

April 16, 2014

Polaner All Fruit, a brand from B&G Foods, announced that it is now Non-GMO Project Verified.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Polaner All Fruit, a brand from B&G Foods, announced that it is now Non-GMO Project Verified. To recognize its new verification, the company is reviving the "Don't Dare Call it Jelly!" campaign, complete with an interactive digital initiative which encourages consumers to vote for their favorite commercial.

April 16, 2014

Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

The study found severely obese people who also were vitamin D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.

April 16, 2014

Wakefern Food, a retailer-owned cooperative, is celebrating on Thursday the opening of its newest warehouse facility in Elizabeth, N.J., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food, a retailer-owned cooperative, is celebrating on Thursday the opening of its newest warehouse facility in Elizabeth, N.J., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

April 15, 2014

99 Cents Only Stores on Tuesday announced its financial results for the shortened fiscal year 2014 that began on March 31, 2013 and ended January 31, 2014, consisting of 44 weeks.

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores on Tuesday announced its financial results for the shortened fiscal year 2014 that began on March 31, 2013 and ended Jan. 31, 2014, consisting of 44 weeks. 

For the 10 month fiscal 2014 the Company's net sales totaled $1.5 billion. Same-store sales increased 3.7%, calculated on a comparable 43-week period of the prior year. Net loss was $12.5 million in fiscal 2014 and net loss as a percentage of net sales was (0.8)% in fiscal 2014. 

April 15, 2014

Actavis on Tuesday announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mylan and Famy Care to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Mylan's generic version of Generess FE (norethindrone, ethinyl estradiol and ferrous fumarate chewable tablets).

DUBLIN — Actavis on Tuesday announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mylan and Famy Care to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Mylan's generic version of Generess FE (norethindrone, ethinyl estradiol and ferrous fumarate chewable tablets).

Under the terms of the agreement, Actavis will grant Mylan a license to market its generic version of Generess FE under its pending abbreviated new drug application beginning on April 1, 2015.

April 15, 2014

Bartell Drugs, a Seattle-based, family-owned pharmacy retailer, has named Brent Beebe as SVP merchandising.

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs, a Seattle-based, family-owned pharmacy retailer, has named Brent Beebe as SVP merchandising.

Beebe will develop and lead all aspects of merchandising and category management, while assuming the lead in merchandising innovation for Bartell Drugs’ 63 locations  

He most recently served as VP, GMM for Jo-Ann Stores and previously held executive and buyer positions with Fred Meyer and Meier & Frank.

April 15, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — CCA Industries, whose portfolio includes Nutra Nail, Bikini Zone, Plus+White toothpaste and Scar zone scar treatment, posted a loss for the first quarter.

For the quarter ended Feb. 28, total revenues were  $7.75 million and it posted a net loss of $1.24 million. This compares with revenues of $11.80 million and the net loss $1.02 million in the year-ago period. Basic and fully diluted losses per share for the quarter were 18 cents compared a loss of 14 cents for the same quarter last year.

April 15, 2014

Unilever’s Caress brand has named Adriana Castro, designer, style trendsetter and founder of El Diario de la Moda, as its new Caress Fabulistas to help celebrate the launch of the new Caress Fresh Body Wash collection.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Caress brand has named Adriana Castro, designer, style trendsetter and founder of El Diario de la Moda, as its new Caress Fabulistas to help celebrate the launch of the new Caress Fresh Body Wash collection.

April 15, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets. 

The proposed OTC use is "temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: Nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, itching of the nose.” The applicant proposes to label the product for OTC use in adults 18 years and older. 

April 15, 2014

Procter & Gamble’s Gillette brand is enhancing its collaboration with McLaren Mercedes to bring to life a marketing campaign focused on Precision Engineering.

LONDON — Procter & Gamble’s Gillette brand is enhancing its collaboration with McLaren Mercedes to bring to life a marketing campaign focused on Precision Engineering.

April 15, 2014

Greenstone, a generic pharmaceutical subsidiary of Pfizer, announced the introduction of amlodipine besylate/atorvastatin calcium tablets to its roster of products.

PEAPACK, N.J. — Greenstone, a generic pharmaceutical subsidiary of Pfizer, announced the introduction of amlodipine besylate/atorvastatin calcium tablets to its roster of products. The drug is the authorized generic versions of Caduet.

April 15, 2014

Total spending on U.S. medicines increased 1% on a real per capita basis in 2013, while the use of healthcare services overall rose for the first time in three years, according to a new report issued today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Total spending on U.S. medicines increased 1% on a real per capita basis in 2013, while the use of healthcare services overall rose for the first time in three years, according to a new report issued today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

April 15, 2014

To kick-off the ninth annual Women of Worth program, L'Oréal Paris will convene thousands of women — including Maria Shriver, Arianna Huffington, Mika Brzezinski and L'Oreal Paris ambassadors Lea Michele, Eva Longoria and Liya Kebede — for the first-ever Women of Worth Twitter Forum on Wednesday.

NEW YORK — To kick-off the ninth annual Women of Worth program, L'Oréal Paris will convene thousands of women — including Maria Shriver, Arianna Huffington, Mika Brzezinski and L'Oreal Paris ambassadors Lea Michele, Eva Longoria and Liya Kebede — for the first-ever Women of Worth Twitter Forum on Wednesday. This day-long discussion will focus on the power of self-worth and its ability to propel women forward.

April 15, 2014

Merck announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Grastek (Timothy grass pollen allergen extract) tablet for sublingual use.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Grastek (Timothy grass pollen allergen extract) tablet for sublingual use. The drug is an allergen extract used for the treatment of grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis. It is approved for use in persons ages 5 years through 65 years of age.

April 15, 2014

MidWest Gloves & Gear has introduced a new licensed line of birdfeeders for kids, which feature Mickey Mouse and Princess motifs from Disney and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora themes from Nickelodeon.

ST. LOUIS — MidWest Gloves & Gear has introduced a new licensed line of birdfeeders for kids, which feature Mickey Mouse and Princess motifs from Disney and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora themes from Nickelodeon.

The MidWest Birdfeeders feature durable, weather-resistant plastic construction; a clear seed chamber; bird perches on all sides; and a 1.5-lb birdseed capacity. Decorative stickers are included for customizing.

April 15, 2014

Mylan announced that it has launched eszopiclone tablets in 1 mg, 2 mg and 3 mg form.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan announced that it has launched eszopiclone tablets in 1 mg, 2 mg and 3 mg form. The drug — which is used for the treatment of insomnia — is the generic version of Lunesta from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.

Mylan received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug application. Eszopiclone tablets had sales in the U.S. of approximately $851.8 million for the 12 months ending Dec 31, 2013, according to IMS Health.

 

April 15, 2014

Prosonix, a speciality pharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of inhaled respiratory medicines by Design, on Tuesday announced that it has entered into a global licensing agreement with Mylan for its leading inhaled respiratory products, PSX1001 and PSX1050.

OXFORD, England  — Prosonix, a speciality pharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of inhaled respiratory medicines by Design, on Tuesday announced that it has entered into a global licensing agreement with Mylan for its leading inhaled respiratory products, PSX1001 and PSX1050.

April 15, 2014

Prestige Brands on Tuesday announced the signing of a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Hydralyte in Australia and New Zealand from the Hydration Pharmaceuticals Trust of Victoria, Australia.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Prestige Brands on Tuesday announced the signing of a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Hydralyte in Australia and New Zealand from the Hydration Pharmaceuticals Trust of Victoria, Australia. The acquisition is expected to close, subject to customary closing conditions, during the company's first quarter of fiscal 2015, which began on April 1, 2014.

April 15, 2014

Quest Products on Friday announced the addition of a gel formulated for emergency burn relief, Alocane Emergency Burn Gel, to its current line of products.

GURNEE, Ill. — Quest Products on Friday announced the addition of a gel formulated for emergency burn relief, Alocane Emergency Burn Gel, to its current line of products. Previously a top-selling product on retail shelves in the 80's and 90's, it was taken off the market due to financial difficulties facing the parent company, First Pharmaceutical.

April 15, 2014

Safeway on Monday completed the distribution to its stockholders of 37.8 million shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk Networks Holdings owned by Safeway.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday completed the distribution to its stockholders of 37.8 million shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk Networks Holdings owned by Safeway. After the completion of the distribution, Safeway no longer owns any shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk.

April 15, 2014

L’Oréal Paris has released first-quarter sales results, which were hampered, in part, by sluggish trends in North America’s mass-market channel during the first few months of the year.

PARIS — L’Oréal Paris has released first-quarter sales results, which were hampered, in part, by sluggish trends in North America’s mass-market channel during the first few months of the year.

Total group sales for the quarter were €5.64 billion, down 2.2% compared with the year-ago period. On a like-for-like basis, sales rose 3.5%.

April 15, 2014

Supervalu's Save-A-Lot on Monday announced plans for a new 140,000-sq.-ft. food distribution center in Aurora, Colo., in June 2014.

ST. LOUIS- — Supervalu's Save-A-Lot on Monday announced plans for a new 140,000-sq.-ft. food distribution center in Aurora, Colo., in June 2014. 

Save-A-Lot currently services its stores in this market out of the company’s distribution center located in Dallas. 

April 15, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced that it approved Tanzeum (albiglutide) subcutaneous injection, which is used to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced that it has approved Tanzeum (albiglutide) subcutaneous injection, which is used to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 24 million people and accounts for more than 90% of diabetes cases diagnosed in the United States.