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February 9, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration reached a major milestone on the path to a regulatory regime for follow-on biologics on Thursday with the release of draft guidance on biosimilar product development.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration reached a major milestone on the path to a regulatory regime for follow-on biologics on Thursday with the release of draft guidance on biosimilar product development.

February 9, 2012

The generic drug industry's main lobby is hoping Congress will act on a proposed user fee program for generic drugs that it helped negotiate with the Food and Drug Administration.

WASHINGTON — The generic drug industry's main lobby is hoping Congress will act on a proposed user fee program for generic drugs that it helped negotiate with the Food and Drug Administration.

February 9, 2012

MusclePharm on Thursday announced its MMA Elite supplements powered by MusclePharm now are available in select Walmart stores.

DENVER — MusclePharm on Thursday announced its MMA Elite supplements powered by MusclePharm now are available in select Walmart stores. With the new partnership between MMA Elite — a mixed-martials arts brand licensed by Ultimate Brand Management — and MusclePharm, the new supplement line will be released in the Las Vegas area first and will then spread nationwide.

The first two products to be featured are Perform Elite, a pre-workout product, and Recover Elite, a post-workout supplement, at a suggested retail price of $19.97 each.

February 9, 2012

The National Association for Female Executives on Wednesday released its list of the "Top 50 Companies for Executive Women."

NEW YORK — The National Association for Female Executives on Wednesday released its list of the "Top 50 Companies for Executive Women."

General Mills, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble were all listed in the top 10 on that list. Other notable supplier and retail companies included Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cardinal Health, Colgate-Palmolive, Eli Lilly, Kraft Foods, Merck and Walmart.

February 9, 2012

A retail pharmacy chain's efforts to immunize customers have won recognition from an organization of the country's pharmacists.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — A retail pharmacy chain's efforts to immunize customers have won recognition from an organization of the country's pharmacists.

Rite Aid won the American Pharmacists Association's Immunization Champion Award in the national corporation and institution category, the chain said Thursday.

February 9, 2012

Vodka and malt beverage brand Smirnoff today announced the expansion of their Premium Flavored Malt Beverage line with two new products: Smirnoff Signature Screwdriver and Smirnoff Ice Tropical Fruit.

Vodka and malt beverage brand Smirnoff today announced the expansion of their Premium Flavored Malt Beverage line with two new products: Smirnoff Signature Screwdriver and Smirnoff Ice Tropical Fruit.

The Smirnoff Signature Screwdriver beverage (5.8% alcohol by volume) recreates the flavor of the popular vodka and orange juice cocktail, joining the other three flavors in the line: Blueberry & Lemonade, Cranberry & Lime and Classic Lemonade. 

February 9, 2012

Social media strategist Robin Leedy & Associates, a public relations and social media marketing agency, on Wednesday announced the signing of six clients featuring several brands in the health and beauty space.

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Social media strategist Robin Leedy & Associates, a public relations and social media marketing agency, on Wednesday announced the signing of six clients featuring several brands in the health and beauty space, including FeverAll acetaminophen suppositories by Actavis; Replens by Lil’ Drug Store; SpermCheck Fertility; The Natural Dentist by Revive Personal Products; Redex’s Udderly Smooth; and Boiron USA brands Oscillococcinum, Arnicare and Camilia.

February 9, 2012

Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Thursday a boost in fourth-quarter sales thanks to moderate sales growth in pharmacy and strong results at the front end.

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Thursday a boost in fourth-quarter sales thanks to moderate sales growth in pharmacy and strong results at the front end.

Sales for the quarter, ended Dec. 31, 2011, totaled C$2.6 billion, up 4.3% compared with the year-ago period. Prescription sales rose 2.8% to C$1.8 billion. On a same-store basis, prescription sales rose 2.3%.

February 9, 2012

Tom's of Maine, a maker of natural personal care products, is directing its Dental Health for All program to help families in states with the highest percentage of their population living under the poverty level and is inviting nonprofit clinics serving those four states and Washington, D.C., to apply for a portion of $100,000 in funding.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Tom's of Maine, a maker of natural personal care products, is directing its Dental Health for All program to help families in states with the highest percentage of their population living under the poverty level and is inviting nonprofit clinics serving those four states and Washington, D.C., to apply for a portion of $100,000 in funding.

February 9, 2012

Walgreens in January has been utilizing a new mobile advertising tool to push out messages targeting consumers who just "checked in" at one of its locations, according to a report published in Ad Age Wednesday.

NEW YORK — Walgreens in January has been utilizing a new mobile advertising tool to push out messages targeting consumers who just "checked in" at one of its locations, according to a report published in Ad Age Wednesday.

According to the report, Walgreens sent out 5,000 messages in January via Twitter stating: "Check out Halls' new cough drops in the cold aisle."

February 8, 2012

Abbott has introduced a new BPA-free baby bottle, which includes several innovative features that are designed to improve the bottle-feeding experience.

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott has introduced a new BPA-free baby bottle, which includes several innovative features that are designed to improve the bottle-feeding experience.

The Similac SimplySmart bottle is designed for easy reading, cleaning and filling and includes the following features: an EasyMix mixing device designed to reduce bubbles and clumps; a Similac On-The-Go powder cap that can enough formula for an 8-oz. bottle; an Intellivent venting system to minimize a baby's air intake; a SmartClose that prevents leaks and a naturally shaped nipple.

February 8, 2012

Specialty pharmacy company Amber Pharmacy has implemented a prior authorization system provided by Armada Health Care, Amber said.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Specialty pharmacy company Amber Pharmacy has implemented a prior authorization system provided by Armada Health Care, Amber said.

Amber announced that it had incorporated Armada's Web-based ApproveRx system into its daily pharmacy operations, saying that it would help simplify the prior authorization process for prescribers and pharmacies. Prior authorizations have traditionally required extra staffing time and resources to locate the correct form from thousands of different insurance forms varying by drug, payer and plan.

February 8, 2012

Seneca Foods has bolstered its Aunt Nellie's brand by launching a new pickled beets item.

MARION, N.Y. — Seneca Foods has bolstered its Aunt Nellie's brand by launching a new pickled beets item.

Seneca Foods VP Bruce Wolcott said Aunt Nellie's new baby whole pickled beets "merges the continued popularity of beets with the small bites trend."

Aunt Nellie's baby whole pickled beets now are available at stores nationwide.

February 8, 2012

An antiplatelet medication created by Boehringer Ingelheim is not affected when co-administered with a proton-pump inhibitor, according to results of a drug interaction study.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — An antiplatelet medication created by Boehringer Ingelheim is not affected when co-administered with a proton-pump inhibitor, according to results of a drug interaction study.

February 8, 2012

The amount of trans fats found in blood levels of U.S. white adults has significantly dropped over a nine-year period, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — The amount of trans fats found in blood levels of U.S. white adults has significantly dropped over a nine-year period, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

February 8, 2012

CVS Caremark recorded strong financial results for the fourth quarter and full year, and made solid progress across the enterprise during 2011, which set the stage for future growth.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark recorded strong financial results for the fourth quarter and full year, and made solid progress across the enterprise during 2011, which set the stage for future growth. However, it was the potential benefit that CVS Caremark is seeing from Walgreens’ battle with Express Scripts that was top of mind for many and was a key question that president and CEO Larry Merlo hit head on at the top of Wednesday morning’s conference call.

February 8, 2012

CVS/pharmacy announced on Wednesday the launch of Project Health (Proyecto Salud in Spanish), a wellness program delivering more than $21 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Wednesday the launch of Project Health (Proyecto Salud in Spanish), a wellness program delivering more than $21 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities.

February 8, 2012

While the financial burden that families face due to prescription drugs has declined, costs nevertheless remain a challenge for many of them, according to a new study by nonprofit research organization Rand Corp.

NEW YORK — While the financial burden that families face due to prescription drugs has declined, costs nevertheless remain a challenge for many of them, according to a new study by nonprofit research organization Rand Corp.

February 8, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a head lice treatment made by Sanofi, the drug maker said.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a head lice treatment made by Sanofi, the drug maker said.

Sanofi announced the approval of Sklice (ivermectin) lotion in the 0.5% strength for patients ages 6 months and older. According to Sanofi, head lice infest an estimated 6 to 12 million children ages 3 to 11 years and costs as much as $1 billion in lost school days and lost work for parents.

February 8, 2012

For the first time ever, Gillette Venus and Olay are coming together to deliver a new standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor.

CINCINNATI — For the first time ever, Gillette Venus and Olay are coming together to deliver a new standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor.

February 8, 2012

Regional chain Kinney Drugs has promoted several executives in an effort to realign its merchandising department, the company said Wednesday.

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — Regional chain Kinney Drugs has promoted several executives in an effort to realign its merchandising department, the company said Wednesday.

Kinney, which operates stores in northern New York and Vermont, said the promotions would allow it to enhance relations with vendors and product planning and deliver improved product assortments.

February 8, 2012

Time is money for busy professionals and weekend warriors who frequent Lowe’s stores and can’t afford to put a project on hold because of an upset stomach, minor cut or allergy outbreak.

February 8, 2012

Automated retail kiosks operator Redbox has agreed to purchase assets from NCR's entertainment line of business, including DVD kiosks, certain retailer contracts and DVD inventory.

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — Automated retail kiosks operator Redbox has agreed to purchase assets from NCR's entertainment line of business, including DVD kiosks, certain retailer contracts and DVD inventory.

NCR, which will be paid up to $100 million for the assets by the Coinstar subsidiary, said the business move is part of an effort to focus on other targeted industries.

In line with the assets purchase, Coinstar said it will also will enter into a strategic supplier arrangement where it will purchase product and services from NCR.

February 8, 2012

While many men report using some sort of grooming product, there still is a significant opportunity in facial skin care for men, according to a new study by market research firm NPD Group.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.  — While many men report using some sort of grooming product, there still is a significant opportunity in facial skin care for men, according to a new study by market research firm NPD Group.

February 8, 2012

Many Valentine's Day shoppers are sticking to a budget this year with 68% of consumers spending less than $100 on gifts, according to a new PriceGrabber survey.

LOS ANGELES — Many Valentine's Day shoppers are sticking to a budget this year with 68% of consumers spending less than $100 on gifts, according to a new PriceGrabber survey.