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February 23, 2012

Joslin Diabetes Center and American Well will collaborate on a telehealth initiative that seeks to improve and expand diabetes patients' access to high-quality care.

BOSTON — Joslin Diabetes Center and American Well will collaborate on a telehealth initiative that seeks to improve and expand diabetes patients' access to high-quality care.

The telehealth services will be powered by American Well's Online Care technology and will "[apply] a transformative healthcare innovation in support of our mission of improving the lives of people struggling with this disease," Joslin Diabetes Center president and CEO John Brooks said.

February 23, 2012

Kellogg's announced the rollout of nearly two dozen products in the United States, including new additions to its cereals, snacks and frozen foods portfolios.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg's announced the rollout of nearly two dozen products in the United States, including new additions to its cereals, snacks and frozen foods portfolios.

For the cereal category, Kellogg's has introduced the following items:

  • Krave cereal, which features a multigrain shell with a chocolate inside. Available in chocolate and double chocolate, the cereal already has distribution in Europe;

  • Crunchy Nut Caramel Nut cereal, the newest addition to the Crunchy Nut brand;

February 23, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a division of Mylan for a generic drug for treating HIV and AIDS in children in developing countries.

PITTSBURGH — The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a division of Mylan for a generic drug for treating HIV and AIDS in children in developing countries.

Mylan said Thursday that the FDA had tentatively approved Mylan Labs' abacavir sulfate and lamivudine tablets in the 60 mg/30 mg strength. The drug is a generic version of Viiv Healthcare's Epzicom and was approved under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The drug will only be available for purchase in certain developing countries outside the United States.

February 23, 2012

The president of one of the world's largest generic drug manufacturers will serve as chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, the organization said Thursday.

WASHINGTON — The president of one of the world's largest generic drug manufacturers will serve as chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, the organization said Thursday.

February 23, 2012

In an effort to promote the 14th Annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Dinner, the association announced on Thursday the launch of a new website that promotes the event as “one night for health’s dawn.”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an effort to promote the 14th Annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Dinner, the association announced on Thursday the launch of a new website that promotes the event as “one night for health’s dawn.”

The 14th Annual NACDS Foundation Dinner will be held Nov. 27 in New York City. In 2011, the event raised $1.77 million for scholarships, research and charitable activities from 114 benefactors.

February 23, 2012

In its early days, social media meant "connecting with people." That’s still what it’s mostly about. But obviously, we’ve come a long way from those now prehistoric list-servs where we simply posted messages back-and-forth with people of similar interests and pursuits. It’s still about connecting. But now organizations use it for targeted marketing purposes, where once social media was considered the protected domain of the individual. Consumers seem to accept that it has become just another means by which brands are going to try to earn their loyalty.

In its early days, social media meant "connecting with people." That’s still what it’s mostly about. But obviously, we’ve come a long way from those now prehistoric list-servs where we simply posted messages back-and-forth with people of similar interests and pursuits. It’s still about connecting. But now organizations use it for targeted marketing purposes, where once social media was considered the protected domain of the individual. Consumers seem to accept that it has become just another means by which brands are going to try to earn their loyalty.

February 23, 2012

Target overcame modest fourth-quarter sales growth to report profits that exceeded its earnings guidance and also provided a better-than-expected outlook for 2012.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target overcame modest fourth-quarter sales growth to report profits that exceeded its earnings guidance and also provided a better-than-expected outlook for 2012.

February 23, 2012

"Integrated retail" was the dominant theme as executives discussed Kmart operator Sears Holdings' plans to restore confidence in the company after a fourth quarter 2011 that even the company's chief executive called "unacceptable" during an earnings call Thursday.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — "Integrated retail" was the dominant theme as executives discussed Kmart operator Sears Holdings' plans to restore confidence in the company after a fourth quarter 2011 that even the company's chief executive called "unacceptable" during an earnings call Thursday.

February 23, 2012

Physicians in 35% of cases involving more than 250,000 newly diagnosed diabetes patients did not follow the American Diabetes Association/European Association for the Study of Diabetes consensus guidelines for recommended treatment, according to a new CVS Caremark study.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Physicians in 35% of cases involving more than 250,000 newly diagnosed diabetes patients did not follow the American Diabetes Association/European Association for the Study of Diabetes consensus guidelines for recommended treatment, according to a new CVS Caremark study.

February 23, 2012

Procter & Gamble this week launched Tide Pods, a three-chamber liquid unit dose detergent.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble this week launched Tide Pods, a three-chamber liquid unit dose detergent.

Drawing inspiration from innovation in such areas as industrial design and technology, Tide Pods were designed to bring laundry in line with other innovations that have enhanced consumers’ daily lives, P&G said.

February 23, 2012

Winn-Dixie on Thursday announced it is expanding Fuelperks! to include hundreds of bonus items each week. Each bonus Fuelperks! item purchased is worth 5 cents to 50 cents off every gallon of gas, and purchasing multiple bonus Fuelperks! items can speed up gas savings, Winn-Dixie stated.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie on Thursday announced it is expanding Fuelperks! to include hundreds of bonus items each week. Each bonus Fuelperks! item purchased is worth 5 cents to 50 cents off every gallon of gas, and purchasing multiple bonus Fuelperks! items can speed up gas savings, Winn-Dixie stated.

February 22, 2012

The latest edition of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise is making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on April 17 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The latest edition of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise is making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on April 17 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" will be available in a limited-edition three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which includes more than two hours of special features. The film also will be available as a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and as a single-disc DVD.

February 22, 2012

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Searchlight are bringing one of the most talked about films of 2011 to retail.

LOS ANGELES — 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Searchlight are bringing one of the most talked about films of 2011 to retail.

"Shame," directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, will arrive on Blu-ray combo pack. The combo pack features a high definition Blu-ray that includes special features — including a behind-the-scenes look at McQueen’s groundbreaking vision with exclusive extras and featurettes — a DVD version of the film and digital copy.

February 22, 2012

There is a significant opportunity in facial skin care for men, according to a recent study by market research firm NPD Group. The challenge, however, is getting him engaged.

There is a significant opportunity in facial skin care for men, according to a recent study by market research firm NPD Group. The challenge, however, is getting him engaged.

February 22, 2012

American Associated Pharmacies announced that it has partnered with RxAlly, an alliance that includes more than 20,000 pharmacies nationwide that seeks to improve health and reduce costs for pharmacy patients.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — American Associated Pharmacies announced that it has partnered with RxAlly, an alliance that includes more than 20,000 pharmacies nationwide that seeks to improve health and reduce costs for pharmacy patients.

"We are actively investing our time, resources and talents in the development of RxAlly," AAP CEO Jon Copeland said. "This is a collaborative effort to better serve our members’ patients and improve the delivery of health care, the likes of which the United States has not seen to date."

February 22, 2012

Dr. Duve Babies & Kids, a product line that aims to provide healthy skin care solutions for little ones, is entering the U.S. market through a partnership with Nutritional Products International.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Dr. Duve Babies & Kids, a product line that aims to provide healthy skin care solutions for little ones, is entering the U.S. market through a partnership with Nutritional Products International.

The line, which is part of the Dr. Duve Skin Care brand, offers parents a way to treat and prevent some of the most common skin problems faced by children and babies, including neurodermatitis. It has been developed by German dermatologist Stefan Duve, who has a wide range of expertise in dealing with the skin problems of children.

February 22, 2012

Sales of hot and cold breakfast cereals have been flat. “Consumers are faced with many breakfast options each day,” said David Browne, senior analyst at Mintel International Group.

Sales of hot and cold breakfast cereals have been flat. “Consumers are faced with many breakfast options each day,” said David Browne, senior analyst at Mintel International Group. “While most do eat breakfast, it may mean a cereal/snack bar, yogurt, eggs, toast/bagels, baked goods or fast food restaurant options.” The popularity of egg-based breakfast sandwiches, particularly those available at fast food outlets, has surged. Consumers increasingly are buying breakfast outside the home.

February 22, 2012

Recent research conducted by Procter & Gamble’s Gillette reveals that facial hair styling is a common practice undertaken by nearly 40% of men in North America and that this process is critical in defining their look.

Recent research conducted by Procter & Gamble’s Gillette reveals that facial hair styling is a common practice undertaken by nearly 40% of men in North America and that this process is critical in defining their look. Most of these men purchase a myriad of products, including scissors, trimmers and razors, to tackle what they consider to be a complicated and frustrating grooming process. Enter the new Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler.

February 22, 2012

Health Mart, a network of more than 2,900 independently owned pharmacies, on Wednesday announced the introduction of Health Mart-branded vitamins and nutritional supplements, the latest addition to its line of private-label, over-the-counter healthcare products.

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart, a network of more than 2,900 independently owned pharmacies, on Wednesday announced the introduction of Health Mart-branded vitamins and nutritional supplements, the latest addition to its line of private-label, over-the-counter healthcare products.

February 22, 2012

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday named Alex Gorsky CEO of the company, effective April 26, the date of the company’s annual meeting of shareholders.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday named Alex Gorsky CEO of the company, effective April 26, the date of the company’s annual meeting of shareholders. Gorsky also has been nominated for election to the board of directors at the meeting.

February 22, 2012

Kinerase, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, has announced its second annual "Change Your Skin, Change Your Life" campaign, for which it will partner with four charities throughout the year to make financial contributions.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Kinerase, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, has announced its second annual "Change Your Skin, Change Your Life" campaign, for which it will partner with four charities throughout the year to make financial contributions.

February 22, 2012

Marley Coffee has launched a social media campaign through which the brand will give away 25,000 free samples of Marley Coffee "One Love" organic ground coffee.

LOS ANGELES — Marley Coffee has launched a social media campaign through which the brand will give away 25,000 free samples of Marley Coffee "One Love" organic ground coffee.

February 22, 2012

Mode beauty brand, which was developed by second-generation cosmetics purveyors Cristina Samuels and Jennifer Isaac, has created the new Natural Skin High Performance Hydrating foundation.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Mode beauty brand, which was developed by second-generation cosmetics purveyors Cristina Samuels and Jennifer Isaac, has created the new Natural Skin High Performance Hydrating foundation.

February 22, 2012

RxAlly on Wednesday announced the launch of the first-of-its-kind alliance of more than 20,000 pharmacies nationwide, united to help patients achieve better health through personalized pharmacist care while reducing costs.

LEESBURG, Va. — RxAlly on Wednesday announced the launch of the first-of-its-kind alliance of more than 20,000 pharmacies nationwide, united to help patients achieve better health through personalized pharmacist care while reducing costs.

February 22, 2012

Novartis plans to pay up to $440 million for rights to a drug for treating hepatitis C made by Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Enanta said.

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Novartis plans to pay up to $440 million for rights to a drug for treating hepatitis C made by Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Enanta said.

Enanta said it had made a licensing agreement with the Swiss drug maker for the worldwide development, manufacturing and commercialization of the drug EDP-239, which works by inhibiting NS5A, a protein that is key to the virus' replication.