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January 27, 2012

Colgate-Palmolive announced on Thursday that fourth-quarter worldwide sales rose 5%, as launches of the new Colgate Optic White and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpastes helped strengthen the brand’s toothpaste market share in the United States.

NEW YORK — Colgate-Palmolive announced on Thursday that fourth-quarter worldwide sales rose 5%, as launches of the new Colgate Optic White and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpastes helped strengthen the brand’s toothpaste market share in the United States.

Worldwide net sales for the quarter totaled $4.17 billion, up 5%, compared with the year-ago period. Organic sales grew 6%.

January 27, 2012

Lowe’s has announced the appointment of Rick Dreiling to its board of directors.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s has announced the appointment of Rick Dreiling to its board of directors. He will serve on the board’s audit and governance committees. The announcement brings Lowe’s board of directors to 12 members, 11 of whom are independent.

January 27, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Pfizer for treating advanced kidney cancer, the agency said Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Pfizer for treating advanced kidney cancer, the agency said Friday.

The FDA announced the approval of Inlyta (axitinib) for patients with advanced kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma, who have not responded to another drug for the disease. The drug, a twice-daily pill, works by blocking certain proteins called kinases that are involved with tumor growth and disease progression.

January 27, 2012

Tesco's U.S. subsidiary is looking for interns.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Tesco's U.S. subsidiary is looking for interns.

Fresh & Easy said it is hoping to fill 30 paid positions within such company departments as human resources, supply chain, commercial, marketing, information technology and engineering. The company said it is hoping to find interns to fill the positions by posting the openings on Fresh & Easy's new careers Twitter account, along with the Fresh & Easy's careers website.

January 27, 2012

The New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday published an op-ed online that called for more rule-making to govern dietary supplements in an effort to rein in the criminal activity of illicit prescription drug manufacturers that openly disregard the laws currently in effect.

WASHINGTON — The New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday published an op-ed online that called for more rule-making to govern dietary supplements in an effort to rein in the criminal activity of illicit prescription drug manufacturers that openly disregard the laws currently in effect.

January 27, 2012

Ian's said its line of wheat-free, gluten-free fish sticks has received the Marine Stewardship Council chain of custody certification.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Ian's said its line of wheat-free, gluten-free fish sticks has received the Marine Stewardship Council chain of custody certification.

The new MSC certification, the company said, underscores the fact that the whole-fillet Alaska pollock is sourced from an environmentally sustainable fishery.

Ian's allergy-friendly fish stick are available in 8-oz. and 14-oz. family pack sizes at retailers nationwide.

January 27, 2012

Iovate Health Sciences last week showcased a new Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Herbal for dieters looking for a stimulant-free herbal weight-loss formula at the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition EPPS conference.

ATLANTA — Iovate Health Sciences last week showcased a new Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Herbal for dieters looking for a stimulant-free herbal weight-loss formula here at the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition EPPS conference.

According to the company, the new herbal formula, which first reached store shelves in September, also is gluten free and contains no artificial colors, dyes or flavors.

January 27, 2012

Lady Speed Stick antiperspirant/deodorant is the title sponsor for the 2012 Women’s Half Marathon Series.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Lady Speed Stick antiperspirant/deodorant is the title sponsor for the 2012 Women’s Half Marathon Series.

The 2012 Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon Series consists of four events: Bloomington-Minneapolis, Minn. (Aug. 26); Nashville, (Sept. 22); Scottsdale-Tempe, Ariz. (Nov. 4) and St. Petersburg, Fla. (Nov. 18). The series, along with a companion 5k, should host more than 25,000 runners and walkers this year.

January 27, 2012

Mead Johnson Nutrition CEO Stephen Golsby on Thursday announced that the company will be deploying a significant ad campaign to recapture any lost trust among moms because of an Enfamil "pull-and-hold" in December.

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Mead Johnson Nutrition CEO Stephen Golsby on Thursday announced that the company will be deploying a significant ad campaign to recapture any lost trust among moms because of an Enfamil "pull-and-hold" in December.

Retailers had pulled the product off their shelves out of an abundance of caution — the product had been consumed in the days prior to a child's death — but both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later vetted Enfamil from having any link to that tragedy.

January 27, 2012

Meda Consumer Healthcare last week featured three revitalized Feosol SKUs, which are set to launch at retail in May, at the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition EPPS conference.

ATLANTA — Meda Consumer Healthcare last week featured three revitalized Feosol SKUs, which are set to launch at retail in May, at the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition EPPS conference.

The lineup lends itself to a good-better-best merchandising strategy in what has been a commoditized category, and the marketing plan in place to support the launch will mean a significant uptick in promotion of iron supplementation.

January 27, 2012

Meijer announced Friday some structural changes to its business, including the appointment of a chief operating officer, a newly created position.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced Friday some structural changes to its business, including the appointment of a chief operating officer, a newly created position.

Meijer said its EVP merchandising and marketing J.K. Symancyk will serve in the new role. Symancyk will report Meijer president Mark Murray.

January 27, 2012

Coria Labs, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, is expanding its line of CeraVe moisturizers and cleansers with the new CeraVe SA renewing lotion.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Coria Labs, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, is expanding its line of CeraVe moisturizers and cleansers with the new CeraVe SA renewing lotion.

As with all CeraVe products, the newest formulation features ceramides to help restore, repair and maintain the skin barrier. However, this product goes even further with the addition of salicylic acid and ammonium lactate to help loosen and exfoliate dead skin cells. Vitamin D is also present to help keep skin looking smooth and hydrated.

January 27, 2012

Coty has unveiled the latest scent in the Halle Berry fragrance portfolio: Reveal the Passion by Halle Berry.

NEW YORK — Coty has unveiled the latest scent in the Halle Berry fragrance portfolio: Reveal the Passion by Halle Berry.

The fragrance is highlighted in Berry's existing scents, including Reveal by Halle Berry, Halle by Halle Berry, and Pure Orchid by Halle Berry.

"I wanted to create a scent that helped empower women to reveal their passionate sides," Berry said. "Nothing makes a woman sexier or more beautiful than the confidence that comes from within."

January 27, 2012

Within the first week of 2012, Walgreens signed 125,000 patients to its Prescription Savings Club. By the second week, that number had blossomed to 200,000 patients and subsequently exploded to 500,000 new signees by the middle of week No. 4.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Within the first week of 2012, Walgreens signed 125,000 patients to its Prescription Savings Club. By the second week, that number had blossomed to 200,000 patients and subsequently exploded to 500,000 new signees by the middle of week No. 4. You don't need a math whiz with a degree in economics to chart the direction this is headed.

January 27, 2012

Lower-limb amputation is a very real risk for many of the 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes. Though this study may be encouraging, the job of reducing the incidence of diabetes — and in particular, educating people about the need to watch their diets, take their medications and take care of their bodies — remains far from complete, as other recent stories in the media have revealed.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Lower-limb amputation is a very real risk for many of the 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes. Though this study may be encouraging, the job of reducing the incidence of diabetes — and in particular, educating people about the need to watch their diets, take their medications and take care of their bodies — remains far from complete, as other recent stories in the media have revealed.

January 27, 2012

Procter & Gamble announced on Friday that second-quarter net sales and organic sales rose 4% as net earnings dropped 49%.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble announced on Friday that second-quarter net sales and organic sales rose 4% as net earnings dropped 49%.

January 27, 2012

SC Johnson recently announced that it has released its Exclusive Fragrance Palette, a list of the fragrance ingredients found in the company’s products.

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson recently announced that it has released its Exclusive Fragrance Palette, a list of the fragrance ingredients found in the company’s products.

January 27, 2012

Customers of pharmacy automation provider ScriptPro ranked one of the company's systems as the best in one of the categories of a survey conducted by healthcare information technology research firm KLAS, ScriptPro said.

MISSION, Kan. — Customers of pharmacy automation provider ScriptPro ranked one of the company's systems as the best in one of the categories of a survey conducted by healthcare information technology research firm KLAS, ScriptPro said.

KLAS recently published its annual report, "2011 Best in KLAS Awards for Software and Professional Services," showing that ScriptPro's SP Central Pharmacy Management System earned the top spot in the category of "Software Solutions — Pharmacy — Outpatient (Retail)."

January 27, 2012

Just a few weeks after unveiling the locations of its first 24 stores in Canada, Target released an expanded list of stores that will debut in 2013.

MINNEAPOLIS — Just a few weeks after unveiling the locations of its first 24 stores in Canada, Target released an expanded list of stores that will debut in 2013.

The stores listed included two in Alberta, two in British Columbia, 29 in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan. Additional details can be viewed here.

January 27, 2012

A new line of patriotic beverages has hit the market.

CHICAGO — A new line of patriotic beverages has hit the market.

Troop Fuel is a line of caffeinated beverages, which tout 55 mg of caffeine and a blend of blend of vitamins and nutrients. The brand's name reflects its mission to thank and support those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

January 27, 2012

Watson Pharmaceuticals and Mallinckrodt have reached a settlement concerning a painkiller for which the former had sought Food and Drug Administration approval.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Watson Pharmaceuticals and Mallinckrodt have reached a settlement concerning a painkiller for which the former had sought Food and Drug Administration approval.

January 26, 2012

More than half of adults with paternity questions have resolved to address their questions in 2012, according to an Identigene survey. Men with paternity questions are twice as likely (51%) than women (25%) to address paternity in 2012.

More than half of adults with paternity questions have resolved to address their questions in 2012, according to an Identigene survey. Men with paternity questions are twice as likely (51%) than women (25%) to address paternity in 2012.

Overall, as many as 11% of adults have reported they have personally been in a situation where a paternity test was appropriate; and nearly 1-in-5 (18%) said that they or a close friend or family member have questioned paternity.

January 26, 2012

Drug maker Amgen is acquiring a Rockville, Md.-based company developing therapies for cancer, the companies said Thursday.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Drug maker Amgen is acquiring a Rockville, Md.-based company developing therapies for cancer, the companies said Thursday.

Amgen announced plans to buy Micromet for $1.16 billion, or $11 per share. Micromet, originally founded in Germany, is developing blinatumomab, currently in phase-2 trials as a treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The acquisition also will include the company's research and development center in Munich.

January 26, 2012

Biotab Nutraceuticals in March will be launching an ExtenZe-branded line of premium personal lubricant, the company announced last week during the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition EPPS conference.

ATLANTA — Biotab Nutraceuticals in March will be launching an ExtenZe-branded line of premium personal lubricant, the company announced last week during the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition EPPS conference here.

Biotab, headquartered in Monrovia, Calif., has partnered with Trigg Labs and its Wet line of personal lubricants on a co-branding initiative for the two new products. The two lubricants, one water-based the other silicone-based, will be called ExtenZe Powered by Wet and carry a suggested retail of between $15.99 and $19.99.

January 26, 2012

CARA B Natural Products, a maker of ethnic personal care products, has just launched its collection of all-natural skin and hair care products formulated especially for ethnic babies and children in Target stores across the country.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CARA B Natural Products, a maker of ethnic personal care products, has just launched its collection of all-natural skin and hair care products formulated especially for ethnic babies and children in Target stores across the country.