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April 30, 2012

Mylan will be barred from marketing a generic version of a Merck cardiovascular drug until the drug's patent expires, under a court ruling announced Friday.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Mylan will be barred from marketing a generic version of a Merck cardiovascular drug until the drug's patent expires, under a court ruling announced Friday.

Merck said the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled against Mylan in two patent infringement suits related to the drugs Zetia (ezetimibe) and Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin). Specifically, the court ruled that a patent covering the drug, RE 42,461, is valid and enforceable and enjoined Mylan from launching until the patents expiration in April 2017.

April 30, 2012

Mylan plans to start selling a generic version of a drug for sleep disorders starting in June 2016, under a deal with Teva announced Monday.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan plans to start selling a generic version of a drug for sleep disorders starting in June 2016, under a deal with Teva announced Monday.

Mylan said it had settled with Teva over the former's generic version of Nuvigil (armodafinil) tablets, a drug used to treat sleepiness related to sleep apnea, narcolepsy and shift work disorder.

April 30, 2012

PepsiCo is underscoring its global positioning by launching a new worldwide campaign.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo is underscoring its global positioning by launching a new worldwide campaign.

Designed to invite and inspire Pepsi fans around the world to live life to the fullest, "Live For Now," the company said, reflects the insight that Pepsi fans all around the world desire to capture the excitement of "now." The multiyear campaign — which will include a breadth of global, pop culture platforms — will first launch in the United States and roll out globally throughout 2012.

April 30, 2012

An online plea for help from a mother dying of breast cancer prompted the manufacturer of an experimental drug to release it early, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — An online plea for help from a mother dying of breast cancer prompted the manufacturer of an experimental drug to release it early, according to published reports.

In an article posted on its website, CNN told the story of 46-year-old Darlene Gant, a woman with stage-four breast cancer, as she wrote letters to be given to her 11-year-old son on his upcoming birthday, and at future events, such as his high school and college graduations and marriage.

April 30, 2012

Consumers’ confidence in their personal finances is returning to levels seen in first quarter 2011, according to SymphonyIRI Group’s latest MarketPulse survey, released Friday. But while confidence remains high, the same consumers remain frugal.

CHICAGO — Consumers’ confidence in their personal finances is returning to levels seen in first quarter 2011, according to SymphonyIRI Group’s latest MarketPulse survey, released Friday. But while confidence remains high, the same consumers remain frugal.

April 30, 2012

Kimberly-Clark has expanded its U by Kotex portfolio to include two new products.

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark has expanded its U by Kotex portfolio to include two new products.

April 30, 2012

Walmart announced that its Acres for America program is conserving an additional 300 acres of land to protect and restore wildlife habitats in the heart of several U.S. cities.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that its Acres for America program is conserving an additional 300 acres of land to protect and restore wildlife habitats in the heart of several U.S. cities.

April 27, 2012

Albertsons LLC is sharpening its focus on social media and digital marketing with the creation of a new social and digital marketing team that will be led by technology and social marketing expert Karl Meinhardt.

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons LLC is sharpening its focus on social media and digital marketing with the creation of a new social and digital marketing team that will be led by technology and social marketing expert Karl Meinhardt.

April 27, 2012

If you have a glass-half-full perspective, then the court's ruling to deny the proposed preliminary injunction to the Express Scripts-Medco marriage means none of this is over.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — If you have a glass-half-full perspective, then the court's ruling to deny the proposed preliminary injunction to the Express Scripts-Medco marriage means none of this is over. The case still stands. However, the court has deferred the decision on the plaintiffs' motion seeking a permanent injunction until after the court decides on ESI's motion to dismiss the case altogether. That may mean a decision on that motion could come sooner than later, considering the plaintiffs requested an expedited discovery schedule with the first motion.

April 27, 2012

Hair supplement brand Viviscal has teamed up with celebrity stylist Oscar Blandi and Jill Zarin, entrepreneur and reality star from “Real Housewives of NYC,” to further drive awareness about hair loss and thinning hair in women as it relates to women’s life changes.

CHICAGO — Hair supplement brand Viviscal has teamed up with celebrity stylist Oscar Blandi and Jill Zarin, entrepreneur and reality star from “Real Housewives of NYC,” to further drive awareness about hair loss and thinning hair in women as it relates to women’s life changes.

Blandi and Viviscal, in conjunction with salon and beauty publication Behind the Chair, recently hosted an evening of hair elegance and education. The highlight of the event included a hair fashion show put on by Blandi and Zarin.

April 27, 2012

Procter & Gamble’s Pantene has named Zooey Deschanel, whose signature blunt bangs and quirky vintage wardrobe have inspired style makeovers across the country, as a celebrity ambassador.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Pantene has named Zooey Deschanel, whose signature blunt bangs and quirky vintage wardrobe have inspired style makeovers across the country, as a celebrity ambassador.

The Golden Globe and Grammy nominated performer will appear in the brand’s newest campaign supporting the Pantene Beautiful Lengths collection beginning in August. Deschanel will appear in all elements of the brand’s holistic marketing campaign, including TV and print advertising, in-store displays, iMedia and public relations outreach.

April 27, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by GlaxoSmithKline for certain cancer patients.

PHILADELPHIA — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by GlaxoSmithKline for certain cancer patients.

April 27, 2012

A drug made by Novartis has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to treat benign kidney tumors related to tuberous sclerosis complex.

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — A drug made by Novartis has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to treat benign kidney tumors related to tuberous sclerosis complex.

The FDA approved Afinitor (everolimus) tablets for treating the tumors, known as renal angiomyolipomas, in adults with TSC who don't require surgery. The drug already was approved to treat brain tumors known as subependymal giant cell astrocytoma, or SEGA, in patients with TSC.

April 27, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating erectile dysfunction, the agency said Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating erectile dysfunction, the agency said Friday.

The FDA announced the approval of Vivus' Stendra (avanafil).

"This approval expands the available treatment options to men experiencing erectile dysfunction and enables patients, in consultation with their doctor, to choose the most appropriate treatment for their needs," FDA Office of Drug Evaluation III deputy director Victoria Kusiak said.

April 27, 2012

Groupon on Friday named Kal Raman to the role of SVP Americas.

CHICAGO — Groupon on Friday named Kal Raman to the role of SVP Americas.

Raman will oversee the company’s operations across 10 countries in North, Latin and South Americas and will be based in Groupon’s corporate headquarters in Chicago.

April 27, 2012

GoGo Squeez has introduced new packaging for its on-the-go, squeezable, resealable, 100% fruit applesauce.

NEW YORK — GoGo Squeez has introduced new packaging for its on-the-go, squeezable, resealable, 100% fruit applesauce.

The packaging design, which once was brown to reflect its 100% natural heritage, now celebrates the brand's commitment to inspiring play through vibrant colors and more active fruit characters, the company said. In conjunction with the packaging overhaul, the company also has introduced AppleMango applesauce, which will join six other flavor offerings.

April 27, 2012

Meijer is launching a program that it said was designed to ensure that its seafood suppliers follow sustainability guidelines, the company said.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer is launching a program that it said was designed to ensure that its seafood suppliers follow sustainability guidelines, the company said.

The mass merchandise retail chain announced that it would require suppliers to follow guidelines for farmed and wild-caught seafood; most of the seafood the chain sells comes from farms, as is the case with most of the industry, the company said.

April 27, 2012

Two companies have settled with Teva over the latter's efforts to launch a generic version of an emergency treatment for allergic reactions.

NEW YORK — Two companies have settled with Teva over the latter's efforts to launch a generic version of an emergency treatment for allergic reactions.

Under the agreement, involving Mylan and Pfizer's Meridian Medical Technologies subsidiary, Teva will be allowed to launch a generic version of EpiPen (epinephrine) auto-injector in June 2015, assuming it wins approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Mylan Specialty markets the EpiPen, which Meridian manufactures.

April 27, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has expressed its support for enactment of the Pharmacy Audit Integrity Program, a law that will establish standards in the pharmacy audit process conducted by pharmacy benefit management companies in the state of Minnesota.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has expressed its support for enactment of the Pharmacy Audit Integrity Program (HF 1236/SF 973) by Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. The law will establish standards in the pharmacy audit process conducted by pharmacy benefit management companies in the state of Minnesota.

NACDS sent a letter of support to Dayton prior to enactment, emphasizing the importance of this legislation in ensuring transparency in the PBM audit process.
 

April 27, 2012

Nestle Waters North America has introduced a sustainably sourced natural spring water.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Nestle Waters North America has introduced a sustainably sourced natural spring water. has introduced a sustainably sourced natural spring water.

The company said Resource 100% natural spring water, which contains naturally occurring electrolytes for taste, has been launched in the Southern California market. The water is packaged in a recyclable bottle made with 50% recycled plastic, the company said.

April 27, 2012

The National Retail Federation on Thursday urged the Federal Trade Commission to move cautiously in establishing regulations for mobile payments and said any rules that are adopted should parallel those for the underlying form of payment and not be specific to the technology.

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation on Thursday urged the Federal Trade Commission to move cautiously in establishing regulations for mobile payments and said any rules that are adopted should parallel those for the underlying form of payment and not be specific to the technology.

April 27, 2012

Procter & Gamble on Friday announced a decrease in third-quarter profit, as sales rose 2%.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble on Friday announced a decrease in third-quarter profit, as sales rose 2%.

Net sales during the quarter rose 2% to $20.2 billion. Organic sales rose 3%.

Net earnings totaled $2.41 billion, or 82 cents per diluted share, compared with $2.87 billion, or 96 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period.

In the company’s beauty segment, net sales rose 1% to $4.8 billion on unit volume growth of 1%. Organic sales grew 2%. Net earnings rose 3% to $523 million.

April 27, 2012

Prestige Brands on Thursday reiterated its rebuke of a buyout offer from Mexican healthcare supplier Genomma Lab Internacional following Genomma's release of a proposal presentation.

IRVINGTON, N.Y. — Prestige Brands on Thursday reiterated its rebuke of a buyout offer from Mexican healthcare supplier Genomma Lab Internacional following Genomma's release of a proposal presentation.

April 27, 2012

Tennis pro Serena Williams will serve as spokeswoman around the launch of Sleep Sheets, a natural sleep aid designed to support a natural sleep cycle, parent company PureBrands announced Friday.

NEW YORK — Tennis pro Serena Williams will serve as spokeswoman around the launch of Sleep Sheets, a natural sleep aid designed to support a natural sleep cycle, parent company PureBrands announced Friday.

April 27, 2012

Since the development of the first smallpox vaccine in 1796, vaccines have saved countless lives around the world and helped to make such deadly scourges as smallpox and polio things of the past.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Since the development of the first smallpox vaccine in 1796, vaccines have saved countless lives around the world and helped to make such deadly scourges as smallpox and polio things of the past.

(THE NEWS: PhRMA report lists almost 300 vaccines under development. For the full story, click here.)