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February 2, 2012

Safeway and Kraft Foods on Thursday announced that their Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive yielded nearly 362,000 bags of groceries for food banks and other hunger-relief centers throughout the United States.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway and Kraft Foods on Thursday announced that their Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive yielded nearly 362,000 bags of groceries for food banks and other hunger-relief centers throughout the United States.

In addition to helping provide products for the food drive, Kraft Foods donated $420,000 to local food banks in Safeway's U.S. operating divisions.

February 2, 2012

Fred's on Thursday said January sales rose 3% to $132.4 million, compared with the year-ago period.

MEMPHIS — Fred's on Thursday said January sales rose 3% to $132.4 million, compared with the year-ago period.

Comparable-store sales for the retailer, however, declined 0.8%, compared with an increase of 2.1% in the same period last year.

February 2, 2012

Medicare Part D plans that had incorporated Walgreens into their network gained market share last year, while those without Walgreens collectively lost market share, according to a Walgreens statement issued Wednesday.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Medicare Part D plans that had incorporated Walgreens into their network gained market share last year, while those without Walgreens collectively lost market share, according to a Walgreens statement issued Wednesday.

February 2, 2012

Suave for Men has teamed up with pro football star Clay Matthews to launch the Suave Hair Like Clay promotion, giving fans the chance to hang with the linebacker this offseason.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Suave for Men has teamed up with pro football star Clay Matthews to launch the Suave Hair Like Clay promotion, giving fans the chance to hang with the linebacker this offseason.

This year marks the second year of the Suave for Men partnership with Matthews.

February 2, 2012

Target appears to have salvaged its fourth-quarter sales results with a 4.3% same-store sales increase in January to offset a disappointing 1.6% increase in December and a 1.8% increase in November.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target appears to have salvaged its fourth-quarter sales results with a 4.3% same-store sales increase in January to offset a disappointing 1.6% increase in December and a 1.8% increase in November.

February 2, 2012

Tom's of Maine, a maker of natural personal care products, has introduced its new Naturally Dry antiperspirant line, which is positioned as the first antiperspirant stick made entirely with sustainably sourced ingredients derived from plant and mineral sources, and without artificial fragrances, preservatives and silicones.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Tom's of Maine, a maker of natural personal care products, has introduced its new Naturally Dry antiperspirant line, which is positioned as the first antiperspirant stick made entirely with sustainably sourced ingredients derived from plant and mineral sources, and without artificial fragrances, preservatives and silicones.

February 2, 2012

Hasbro has brought its Twister game into the 21st century with help from pop icon Britney Spears.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Hasbro has brought its Twister game into the 21st century with help from pop icon Britney Spears.

February 2, 2012

Walgreens on Thursday inserted another piece into its comprehensive healthcare offering, just in time for the PBM selling season, with the acquisition of BioScrip's community specialty pharmacies.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday inserted another piece into its comprehensive healthcare offering, just in time for the PBM selling season, with the acquisition of BioScrip's community specialty pharmacies.

Walgreens and BioScrip announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Walgreens will acquire certain assets of BioScrip's community specialty pharmacies and centralized specialty and mail-service pharmacy businesses for a total deal value of approximately $225 million.

February 2, 2012

Tula Foods has introduced Better Whey of Life, a new line of Greek yogurt made with whey protein from grass-fed cows.

EVANSTON, Ill. — Tula Foods has introduced Better Whey of Life, a new line of Greek yogurt made with whey protein from grass-fed cows.

Better Whey of Life uses a unique process that retains the whey protein, enabling a distinct thick, smooth and silky yogurt with exceptional health benefits, Tula Foods said. The line currently contains six varieties, including blackberry pomegranate, strawberry goji berry, raspberry white grape, acai mixed berry, vanilla bean and plain.

Better Whey of Life carries a suggested retail price range of $1.39 to $1.69 per 6-oz. cup.

February 1, 2012

A projection issued by the Congressional Budget Office concluded that healthcare spending in the United States would reach a substantial high.

WASHINGTON — A projection issued by the Congressional Budget Office concluded that healthcare spending in the United States would reach a substantial high.

February 1, 2012

Clorox said it has launched a smartphone application and mobile website that will provide smartphone users access to information about ingredients used in its products.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox said it has launched a smartphone application and mobile website that will provide smartphone users access to information about ingredients used in its products.

February 1, 2012

Parents and doctors agree: When it comes to a child’s fever, most parents don’t know what to do.

Parents and doctors agree: When it comes to a child’s fever, most parents don’t know what to do.

According to two new surveys of parents and pediatricians from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, more than half of all parents report feeling anxious, fearful or helpless when their child comes down with a fever. In addition, many parents are not managing the fever correctly.

February 1, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Novartis that is designed to prevent tumors in the gastrointestinal tract from recurring after surgical removal, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Novartis that is designed to prevent tumors in the gastrointestinal tract from recurring after surgical removal, the agency said.

The FDA approved Novartis' Gleevec (imatinib) for adults who have had gastrointestinal stromal tumors, or GIST, removed. The drug was specifically approved for people whose tumors are known as CD117-positive, which includes 95% of all GIST tumors.

The drug was originally approved in 2001 for a type of leukemia.

February 1, 2012

Through the first week of the New Year, incidence of flu was on a slight incline but still relatively low. Only two states, Alabama and Louisiana, reported a measured rise in influenza-like illnesses.

Through the first week of the New Year, incidence of flu was on a slight incline but still relatively low. Only two states, Alabama and Louisiana, reported a measured rise in influenza-like illnesses.

For many seasons, the spread of influenza begins to accelerate in the latter half of January to peak sometime in February/March.

February 1, 2012

Ever wonder how the convenient care industry blossomed into what it is today? One could say a fortune cookie.

Ever wonder how the convenient care industry blossomed into what it is today? One could say a fortune cookie.

“I love Chinese food, and my kids always get me Chinese food for dinner on Mother’s Day. My Chinese fortune cookie said, when I opened [it]: ‘You will be offered the opportunity of a lifetime, say yes,’” explained Sandy Ryan, Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems chief nurse practitioner officer and clinical advocate.

February 1, 2012

Of all the diseases labeled “silent killers,” heart disease is the one that gets that epithet most often. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, since 1900, there has been only one year in which heart disease wasn’t the deadliest disease in the country.

Of all the diseases labeled “silent killers,” heart disease is the one that gets that epithet most often. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, since 1900, there has been only one year in which heart disease wasn’t the deadliest disease in the country: 1918, the year of the great influenza pandemic, when 450,000 Americans died.

February 1, 2012

Impax Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday that it obtained exclusive U.S. commercial rights to a drug for migraine headaches made by AstraZeneca.

HAYWARD, Calif. — Impax Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday that it obtained exclusive U.S. commercial rights to a drug for migraine headaches made by AstraZeneca.

February 1, 2012

Supervalu-owned Jewel-Osco has announced that it will celebrate Black History Month this February with its 13th annual “A Taste of Black History” program, a monthlong initiative to honor the contributions of Jewel-Osco’s African-American vendors and help them build on their success in the retail food business.

ITASCA, Ill. — Supervalu-owned Jewel-Osco has announced that it will celebrate Black History Month this February with its 13th annual “A Taste of Black History” program, a monthlong initiative to honor the contributions of Jewel-Osco’s African-American vendors and help them build on their success in the retail food business.

In addition to numerous in-store sampling events featuring African-American vendor products, Jewel-Osco will host a private reception on Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center.

February 1, 2012

Through a collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, the diabetes division of drug maker Eli Lilly has committed to send 89 children to diabetes camp this summer.

INDIANAPOLIS and ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Through a collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, the diabetes division of drug maker Eli Lilly has committed to send 89 children to diabetes camp this summer.

Lilly Diabetes said it donated the camp scholarships — a fund totaling $89,000 — to the American Diabetes Association's 2012 camp scholarship fund. More than 400 diabetes camping programs exist worldwide serving approximately 30,000 youth with diabetes and their families, Lilly Diabetes said.

February 1, 2012

For the past several years, drug industry experts have spoken in terms of the “patent cliff,” the period when the patents covering several blockbuster drugs are set to expire, thus leaving their manufacturers with a big, gaping hole in their revenues as those drugs face competition from generics.

For the past several years, drug industry experts have spoken in terms of the “patent cliff,” the period when the patents covering several blockbuster drugs are set to expire, thus leaving their manufacturers with a big, gaping hole in their revenues as those drugs face competition from generics.

February 1, 2012

The charitable arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores once again has released funding that will support 15 new residencies for recent pharmacy graduates.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The charitable arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores once again has released funding that will support 15 new residencies for recent pharmacy graduates.

February 1, 2012

The total U.S. prestige beauty industry experienced an 11% increase in dollar sales during 2011, according to market research company The NPD Group, with skin care and fragrance sold in U.S. department stores posting double-digit gains.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The total U.S. prestige beauty industry experienced an 11% increase in dollar sales during 2011, according to market research company The NPD Group, with skin care and fragrance sold in U.S. department stores posting double-digit gains.

February 1, 2012

Consumers are set to pull out all the stops this Valentine’s Day, with the average person shelling out $126.03, up 8.5% over last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s "2012 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions" survey, conducted by BIGinsight.

WASHINGTON, — Consumers are set to pull out all the stops this Valentine’s Day, with the average person shelling out $126.03, up 8.5% over last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s "2012 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions" survey, conducted by BIGinsight. Total spending is expected to reach $17.6 billion.

February 1, 2012

Procter & Gamble and comedian Larry the Cable Guy on Wednesday awarded a pair of Super Bowl tickets to three winners of the Prilosec OTC "A Better Way to Tailgate" challenge.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble and comedian Larry the Cable Guy on Wednesday awarded a pair of Super Bowl tickets to three winners of the Prilosec OTC "A Better Way to Tailgate" challenge.

Participants submitted photos showcasing creative tailgate set-ups and food spreads, along with a recipe to accompany their “food spread” entry, to TailgateFan.com/contest.

February 1, 2012

A possible pill mix-up has prompted Pfizer to recall more than two dozen lots of a prescription contraceptive drug, the drug maker said.

NEW YORK — A possible pill mix-up has prompted Pfizer to recall more than two dozen lots of a prescription contraceptive drug, the drug maker said.

Pfizer announced the voluntary nationwide recall of 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) tablets and 14 additional lots of the drug's generic version. Pfizer manufactured and packaged the drugs, while Akrimax Pharmaceuticals commercialized them, and they were sold under the Akrimax brand.