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February 8, 2012

A new at-home test that analyzes a male's sperm count has entered the market.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A new at-home test that analyzes a male's sperm count has entered the market.

February 8, 2012

Stater Bros. reported its first-quarter sales for fiscal year 2012 on Tuesday.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. reported its first-quarter sales for fiscal year 2012 on Tuesday.

First-quarter sales rose 6.86% to $960.7 million, compared with the year-ago period, while same-store sales also increased 6.86% to $61.7 million. The company also reported net income for the 13-week first quarter ended Dec. 25 totaled $9 million, compared with net income of $2.8 million during the 13-week first quarter ended Dec. 26, 2010.

February 8, 2012

Takeda Pharmaceutical has launched a drug for treating high blood pressure in adults, the company said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Takeda Pharmaceutical has launched a drug for treating high blood pressure in adults, the company said.

Takeda announced the availability of Edarbyclor (azilsartan medoxomil and chlorthalidone), a once-daily tablet for the condition, also known as hypertension.

February 8, 2012

Specialty pharmacy provider The Apothecary Shops has inked a deal with Pfizer to distribute a new drug for treating kidney cancer.

PHOENIX — Specialty pharmacy provider The Apothecary Shops has inked a deal with Pfizer to distribute a new drug for treating kidney cancer.

The specialty provider announced Wednesday that Pfizer had granted it distribution rights for Inlyta (axitinib), which the Food and Drug Administration approved on Jan. 27 for advanced renal cell carcinoma in patients who have failed one systemic therapy.

February 8, 2012

A Crossmark EVP is taking on a new role at the company.

PLANO, Texas — A Crossmark EVP is taking on a new role at the company.

Todd Mitchell, who has worked at Crossmark for more than 12 years, now will serve as president of the company's U.S. sales agency. Ben Fischer, who served as COO and president of Crossmark's U.S. sales agency now will solely focus on his COO duties, the company said.

Crossmark's U.S. operations are divided into a marketing services division and a sales agency division.

February 8, 2012

Verilux is gearing up to launch new lighting products this spring.

WAITSFIELD, Vt. — Verilux is gearing up to launch new lighting products this spring.

February 8, 2012

One drug store chain is aiming love's arrow at its Facebook users via a Valentine's Day campaign.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — One drug store chain is aiming love's arrow at its Facebook users via a Valentine's Day campaign.

Walgreens said its "Play Cupid" campaign, developed by Digitas, incentivizes social sharing with Valentine's Day-themed mobile and printable offers and coupons that are redeemable in stores. As part of the coupon incentive, the app allows Facebook users to match up their friends and place their pictures in a custom scene.

February 8, 2012

Walmart isn’t about to let the grass grow under its feet in Canada.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Walmart isn’t about to let the grass grow under its feet in Canada. The discounter plans to spend about $753 million this fiscal year to expand its store presence in Canada, before rival Target begins its push in the country.

February 8, 2012

Subsidiaries of Watson Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson have settled a lawsuit filed by the latter when Watson attempted to market a generic version of one of its contraceptive drugs.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Subsidiaries of Watson Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson have settled a lawsuit filed by the latter when Watson attempted to market a generic version of one of its contraceptive drugs.

February 8, 2012

Winn-Dixie is putting an emphasis on heart health by highlighting its pharmacy offerings.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie is putting an emphasis on heart health by highlighting its pharmacy offerings.

The company said guests can receive free cholesterol screenings at Winn-Dixie pharmacies and is partnering with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to offer a free treating high cholesterol guide, which is available in English and Spanish, in honor of American Heart Month.

February 8, 2012

Zak Designs has introduced new mealtime products ideal for college students.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Zak Designs has introduced new mealtime products ideal for college students.

The new Back to College line, includes durable dinner plate, individual bowl and 24-oz. tumbler, along with a 14-oz. double-wall travel tumbler and 25-oz. Tritan water bottle.

Each of the items are available in Muppets characters or Hello Kitty, Zek Designs said.

February 7, 2012

The Chain Drug Marketing Association last month recognized several members at the association's 86th Annual Trade Expo in Kissimmee, Fla.

NOVI, Mich. — The Chain Drug Marketing Association last month recognized several members at the association's 86th Annual Trade Expo in Kissimmee, Fla.

CDMA awarded Powhatan Pharmacy Member of the Year; Today’s Optical was awarded Associate Member of the Year; Guardian Drug Company was named Store Brand Supplier of the Year; and Rochester Drug Company was named Store Brand Member of the Year.

February 7, 2012

Representatives of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, kicked off a "Day of Giving" on Tuesday by surprising several nonprofits with the grant funding they had requested.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Representatives of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, kicked off a "Day of Giving" on Tuesday by surprising several nonprofits with the grant funding they had requested.

The visits, hosted by several of the company's executives, were timed to coincide with the announcement that $4.3 million has been awarded in grants to 98 nonprofit organizations across the country in 2011, which includes multiyear grants from previous years.

February 7, 2012

Ruiz Foods has added a new snack bag line to its El Monterey brand.

DINUBA, Calif. — Ruiz Foods has added a new snack bag line to its El Monterey brand.

The El Monterey portfolio, which features such Mexican food favorites as quesadillas, taquitos and more, now includes mini tacos, which are available in chicken and cheddar cheese, and beef and cheddar cheese varieties.

February 7, 2012

For the second season in a row, Essie Cosmetics will unleash its creative and colorful vision on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for fall 2012.

NEW YORK — For the second season in a row, Essie Cosmetics will unleash its creative and colorful vision on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for fall 2012.

In collaboration with some of today’s most esteemed designers, the essie team will create custom backstage nail looks. Adding to the backstage excitement will be Essie Weingarten, the founder and creative director behind the brand, who will be on hand, with an exclusive team of manicurists, to offer insider tips and inspiration throughout the week.

February 7, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Shire for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said Tuesday.

PHILADELPHIA — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Shire for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said Tuesday.

Shire announced the FDA approval of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) capsules as a maintenance treatment for adults with ADHD. The drug already was approved for use in children and was approved for treating ADHD in adults in 2008.

The company said the approval was based on a clinical trial that showed more ADHD patients controlling their symptoms with Vyvanse than with placebo.

February 7, 2012

Nestle USA said its prepared foods division is relocated the Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets frozen sandwich and snacks business team from Englewood, Colo., to the company's headquarters in Solon, Ohio.

SOLON, Ohio — Nestle USA said its prepared foods division is relocated the Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets frozen sandwich and snacks business team from Englewood, Colo., to the company's headquarters in Solon, Ohio.

In Solon, the Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets business, which was acquired from Chef America in 2002, will such food brands as Stouffer's, Lead Cuisine frozen meals; Buitoni refrigerated pastas and sauces; Nestle Toll House baking ingredients and refrigerated cookie dough; Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin and the Nestle Carnation milks.

February 7, 2012

Hot Tamales is spicing up its cinnamon candies with a new product.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Hot Tamales is spicing up its cinnamon candies with a new product.

Hot Tamales 3 Alarm variety delivers three levels of intense cinnamon heat, the company said. Touting seven calories per serving and zero grams of fat, the new candies are kosher and glutne free.

February 7, 2012

A drug under development by Merck "significantly" reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death in patients, according to clinical trial results announced Tuesday.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — A drug under development by Merck "significantly" reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death in patients, according to clinical trial results announced Tuesday.

February 7, 2012

Cardinal Health was granted a temporary restraining order Friday against the Drug Enforcement Administration's suspension order of its Lakeland, Fla., distribution center.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health was granted a temporary restraining order Friday against the Drug Enforcement Administration's suspension order of its Lakeland, Fla., distribution center.

A preliminary injunction hearing is currently scheduled for Feb. 13.

February 7, 2012

Kicking off the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Conference this week, NACDS chairman Robert Loeffler of H-E-B aimed to fuel the flames of excitement surrounding the 2013 debut of the NACDS Total Store Expo, while emphasizing 2012’s slate of NACDS events that are packed with educational programming and business opportunities.

NAPLES, Fla. — Kicking off the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Conference this week, NACDS chairman Robert Loeffler of H-E-B aimed to fuel the flames of excitement surrounding the 2013 debut of the NACDS Total Store Expo, while emphasizing 2012’s slate of NACDS events that are packed with educational programming and business opportunities.

February 7, 2012

U.S. consumers are more optimistic about their finances despite cutting back to save money, according to Nielsen's fourth-quarter global consumer confidence findings.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — U.S. consumers are more optimistic about their finances despite cutting back to save money, according to Nielsen's fourth-quarter global consumer confidence findings.

February 7, 2012

The National Retail Federation is taking its "Retail Means Jobs" campaign one step further with the launch of a video contest.

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation is taking its "Retail Means Jobs" campaign one step further with the launch of a video contest.

The "This is Retail" video contest looks to highlight the important role retail plays in the U.S. economy by offering a variety of career choices and employment opportunities, NRF said. Retail employees or business owners can submit a two-minute video sharing their retail story; winners of the contest will be awarded $50,000.

February 7, 2012

Pacific Natural Foods' ready-to-eat soups line has expanded to include four organic bisques.

TUALATIN, Ore. — Pacific Natural Foods' ready-to-eat soups line has expanded to include four organic bisques.

Pacific said its portfolio now features organic hearty tomato bisque, organic roasted red pepper and tomato bisque, organic cashew carrot ginger bisque and organic butternut squash bisque. The company said each gluten- and soy-free bisque features chunks of vegetables. The cashew carrot ginger bisque also is dairy free.

The new line carries a suggested retail price range of $3.29 to $3.49 for 17.6-oz. container.

February 7, 2012

New product sales and the acquisition of Paddock Labs prompted second-quarter net sales to jump 17% to $838 million for Perrigo for fiscal year 2012, the drug maker said.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — New product sales and the acquisition of Paddock Labs prompted second-quarter net sales to jump 17% to $838 million for Perrigo for fiscal year 2012, the drug maker said.

For the company's consumer healthcare products segment, net sales rose 10% to $471 million, compared with the year-ago period, thanks to new product sales of $26 million and the diabetes care category, along with an increase in sales of existing products of $20 million.