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February 13, 2012

AmerisourceBergen on Monday announced that Michael DiCandilo, the company's EVP and CFO, has left the company to pursue other interests, effective immediately.

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Monday announced that Michael DiCandilo, the company's EVP and CFO, has left the company to pursue other interests, effective immediately.

February 13, 2012

Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Alkermes announced that their Type 2 diabetes treatment now is available by prescription in U.S. pharmacies.

SAN DIEGO — Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Alkermes announced that their Type 2 diabetes treatment now is available by prescription in U.S. pharmacies.

Bydureon (exenatide extended-release for injectable suspension) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 27 as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes.

February 13, 2012

The flu season is in full swing as California reported widespread influenza activity, according to data reported by state and territorial epidemiologists and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — The flu season is in full swing as California reported widespread influenza activity, according to data reported by state and territorial epidemiologists and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

February 13, 2012

Cesar is adding two new flavors of dog food to its portfolio.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Cesar is adding two new flavors of dog food to its portfolio.

The company has introduced new Cesar original pate smoked BBQ chicken flavor meal and Cesar Sunrise scrambled egg and sausage flavor breakfast. The new flavors were developed in response to an unique opportunity that offered consumers the ability to design a delicious dish to satisfy even the most particular palettes, Cesar said.

February 13, 2012

Columbia Labs has transferred a new drug application for a topical drug designed to prevent premature birth in pregnant women to Watson Pharmaceuticals.

LIVINGSTON, N.J. and PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Columbia Labs has transferred a new drug application for a topical drug designed to prevent premature birth in pregnant women to Watson Pharmaceuticals.

Columbia Labs said Watson now has full rights and regulatory responsibility for all activities and sponsor obligations relating to the application for progesterone vaginal gel 8%. Late last month, the drug received a thumbs-down from an FDA panel that declined to recommend approval for it.

The FDA is expected to take action on the NDA by Feb. 26.

February 13, 2012

Febreze has partnered with Macaroni Kid and Operation Gratitude to send 60,000 Febreze Set & Refresh products to U.S. Military Service members this Valentine's Day.

CINCINNATI — Febreze has partnered with Macaroni Kid and Operation Gratitude to send 60,000 Febreze Set & Refresh products to U.S. Military Service members this Valentine's Day.

Febreze’s partnership with Macaroni Kid and Operation Gratitude is an extension of Febreze’s Breathe Happy campaign, which highlights how Febreze products can transform the air so anyone can "breathe happy."

February 13, 2012

More than 25,000 Texans, consisting of H-E-B customers and employees, broke out into an impromptu four-minute dance break in support of American Heart Month across H-E-B on Saturday, the grocer announced.

SAN ANTONIO — More than 25,000 Texans, consisting of H-E-B customers and employees, broke out into an impromptu four-minute dance break in support of American Heart Month across H-E-B on Saturday, the grocer announced.

February 13, 2012

Kraft Foods is bringing a new snack to the refrigerated dairy aisle.

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Kraft Foods is bringing a new snack to the refrigerated dairy aisle.

New Kraft MilkBite milk and granola bars combine milk with whole grain granola and other ingredients, such as fruit or roasted nuts, while providing the same calcium as an 8-oz. glass of milk, the company said. The bars are available in five flavors, including chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin and mixed berry, for a suggested retail price of $3.49.

February 13, 2012
Multibillion-dollar pharmacy benefit management companies are advertising aggressively to try to convince Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to approve a merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solution.

Multibillion-dollar pharmacy benefit management companies are advertising aggressively to try to convince Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to approve a merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions (“PCMA launches advertising campaign,” Drug Store News, Jan. 17).

February 13, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Merck drug designed to reduce elevated intraocular pressure in patients with certain eye conditions, the company announced.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Merck drug designed to reduce elevated intraocular pressure in patients with certain eye conditions, the company announced.

Zioptan (tafluprost ophthalmic solution), a preservative-free prostaglandin analog ophthalmic solution, is designed to reduce IOP in those with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, which respectively are the most common form of glaucoma and increases in pressure inside the eye.

February 13, 2012

The Obama administration will not make any additional changes to its rule that will mandate health insurance plans to provide free contraception to women, despite reports of a compromise with those that were against the requirement.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will not make any additional changes to its rule that will mandate health insurance plans to provide free contraception to women, despite reports of a compromise with those that were against the requirement.

February 13, 2012

Supervalu on Monday announced that its new Essential Everyday private-label brand — to include more than 2,400 products by early 2013 — now is available in select independent retail locations.

LAS VEGAS — Supervalu on Monday announced that its new Essential Everyday private-label brand — to include more than 2,400 products by early 2013 — now is available in select independent retail locations.

“Early results have shown that Essential Everyday is performing very well at our 1,100 Supervalu-owned stores, and we believe that our independent retailers will see a positive customer response as well," stated Leon Bergmann, president of Supervalu's independent business.

February 13, 2012

Valeant Pharmaceuticals is set to acquire a privately owned ophthalmic biotechnology company, the drug maker said Monday.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Valeant Pharmaceuticals is set to acquire a privately owned ophthalmic biotechnology company, the drug maker said Monday.

Valeant said it will acquire Eyetech upfront payment and potential future milestones. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close this week. Additional details were not disclosed.

February 13, 2012

A subsidiary of Watson Pharmaceuticals is seeking approval for its version of an oral contraceptive from the Food and Drug Administration.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — A subsidiary of Watson Pharmaceuticals is seeking approval for its version of an oral contraceptive from the Food and Drug Administration.

Watson Labs has filed an abbreviated new drug application with the FDA and is seeing to market drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol and levomefolate calcium tablets in the 3-mg/0.02-mg/0.451-mg strength and levomefolate calcium tablets in the 0.451-mg strength, a generic version of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals' Beyaz.

February 13, 2012

Chances are, you didn’t enroll in pharmacy school to count out pills behind a counter. As part of the next generation of clinically driven PharmDs, you’re probably looking for a lot more.

Chances are, you didn’t enroll in pharmacy school to count out pills behind a counter. As part of the next generation of clinically driven PharmDs, you’re probably looking for a lot more.

February 13, 2012

Weis Markets on Monday reported an increase in 2011 sales of 5% to $2.8 billion.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday reported an increase in 2011 sales of 5% to $2.8 billion.

Weis said its comparable sales for the calendar year also were up, increasing 4.2% for 2011, compared with the year-ago period.

February 13, 2012

Weis Markets on Monday announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase three Pennsylvania-based Genuardi's stores from Safeway.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase three Pennsylvania-based Genuardi's stores from Safeway.

"We're extremely pleased to be adding these stores to our store base," Weis Markets president and CEO David Hepfinger said.  "We look forward to serving these communities as the lead local merchant as we have in 33 counties throughout central, eastern and Northeastern Pennsylvania. We will also be reaching out to the associates of these stores to discuss employment with our company."

February 10, 2012

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index continued on a downward trend in January, and consumer spending will face additional economic headwinds in 2012, according to Deloitte.

NEW YORK — The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index continued on a downward trend in January, and consumer spending will face additional economic headwinds in 2012, according to Deloitte. The index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending.

February 10, 2012

A household cleaner, a shampoo for kids and a cheese snack product earned top honors in a consumer-voted awards program published by Better Homes and Gardens.

NEW YORK — A household cleaner, a shampoo for kids and a cheese snack product earned top honors in a consumer-voted awards program published by Better Homes and Gardens.

February 10, 2012

An expert panel at the Food and Drug Administration has given a thumbs-down to a drug made by Astex Pharmaceuticals and Eisai for which the two had sought approval as a treatment for leukemia.

DUBLIN, Calif. — An expert panel at the Food and Drug Administration has given a thumbs-down to a drug made by Astex Pharmaceuticals and Eisai for which the two had sought approval as a treatment for leukemia.

The FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 10-3 with one abstention not to support the risk-benefit profile of Dacogen (decitabine) in certain elderly patients with acute myeloid leukemia. The FDA is not bound by advisory committee votes when deciding whether or not to approve a drug, but usually follows them.

February 10, 2012

Altierre, a provider of ultra low-power wireless solutions for retailers, has announced that retail industry veteran and former Longs Drug Stores CEO Steve Roath has joined the company’s board of directors.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Altierre, a provider of ultra low-power wireless solutions for retailers, has announced that retail industry veteran and former Longs Drug Stores CEO Steve Roath has joined the company’s board of directors.

February 10, 2012

Fresh & Easy is continuing to expand its reach by opening five stores in California's capital.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy is continuing to expand its reach by opening five stores in California's capital.

The supermarket retailer made its foray into Northern California last year and now has more than 180 stores.

"We are absolutely thrilled to open our first stores in Sacramento," Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason said. "No one works harder to bring customers the freshest, best-tasting, and most affordable food than Fresh & Easy."

February 10, 2012

Sam's Club has made a major commitment to health and wellness, and is hosting screening events every month of the year. January was New Year, New You. This month it's heart health. Next month it's allergy screenings. In June it's men's health, which includes some pretty expensive PSA tests. Why? Sam's wants its members to know it's serious about health and wellness, and knows that these events are a good way to convert members into patients.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT —Sam's Club has made a major commitment to health and wellness, and is hosting screening events every month of the year. January was New Year, New You. This month it's heart health. Next month it's allergy screenings. In June it's men's health, which includes some pretty expensive PSA tests. Why? Sam's wants its members to know it's serious about health and wellness, and knows that these events are a good way to convert members into patients.

February 10, 2012

Many younger girls would like to wear more makeup than their parents allow, and manufacturers are ready to help them out, according to new research from Mintel, a provider of consumer, product and media intelligence.

CHICAGO — Many younger girls would like to wear more makeup than their parents allow, and manufacturers are ready to help them out, according to new research from Mintel, a provider of consumer, product and media intelligence.

February 10, 2012

With the clock ticking on the Express Scripts-Medco deal and amped up messaging coming out of the PBM lobby, NACDS vows to roll up its sleeves and make a fist.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — With the clock ticking on the Express Scripts-Medco deal and amped up messaging coming out of the PBM lobby, NACDS vows to roll up its sleeves and make a fist.

(THE NEWS: NACDS lays down gauntlet against PBM lobby at Regional Chain Conference. For the full story, click here)