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April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the OTC category.

Interactive Nasacort display informs and engages

With Chattem’s launch of Nasacort Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray, CVS/pharmacy had an interactive shelf display that gives a whole new meaning to the term “shelf talker.”

With the press of a button, CVS shoppers had the opportunity to watch a brief tutorial on what Nasacort was about and why they should consider Nasacort as their allergy remedy of choice.

April 21, 2014

For baby, Hyland’s launched its Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup.

LOS ANGELES — For baby, Hyland’s launched its Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup. The remedy naturally relieves common cold symptoms, especially at night, including runny nose, congestion and occasional sleeplessness in babies as young as 6 months.

April 21, 2014

Premium positioning and design are a pair of driving factors contributing to the success of lip care, which generated $650.4 million in overall sales, up 15.8%, for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

Premium positioning and design are a pair of driving factors contributing to the success of lip care, which generated $650.4 million in overall sales, up 15.8%, for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. Case in point is EOS, which revolutionized the lip balm category with new delivery formats. EOS’ overall brand family of products generated $85.5 million in sales, up 125.2%, and commanded a 13.1% dollar share of the category.

April 21, 2014

Lupin on Monday announced the appointment of Theresa Stevens as chief corporate development officer for its global operations.

BALTIMORE — Lupin on Monday announced the appointment of Theresa Stevens as chief corporate development officer for its global operations. Stevens will assume full responsibility for global merger and acquisitions and specialty business strategy. Stevens has more than 27 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech sector, with significant experience in managing strategy, corporate development, M&A and licensing.    

April 21, 2014

McNeil Consumer Healthcare recently introduced a new form to the Zyrtec portfolio of allergy-relief products — an oral, dissolvable tablet.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare recently introduced a new form to the Zyrtec portfolio of allergy-relief products — an oral, dissolvable tablet. Delivering the same effective 24-hour relief, Zyrtec Dissolve Tabs contains 10 mg of citrus-flavored cetirizine that melts in the mouth.

April 21, 2014

MD Science Lab on Monday launched a new personal lubricant called Swiss Navy Sensitive Skin.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — MD Science Lab on Monday launched a new personal lubricant called Swiss Navy Sensitive Skin. The new, all-natural lubricant caters to men and woman with sensitive skin.

April 21, 2014

Nail polish remains a shining star within the nail segment as beauty mavens continue to show their love for bold, creative looks that express their individual style.

Nail polish remains a shining star within the nail segment as beauty mavens continue to show their love for bold, creative looks that express their individual style.

According to IRI, sales of nail polish rose about 5% for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 at total U.S. multi-outlets.

Such innovative formulas as DIY gel manicures, fashion runway trends and the growing array of apps that enable fashionistas to share, track and manage manicures have helped boost sales of nail lacquer.

April 21, 2014

The introduction of store-brand products over the past decade changed the competitive landscape in most categories, with year-over-year growth outpacing national brands.

The introduction of store-brand products over the past decade changed the competitive landscape in most categories, with year-over-year growth outpacing national brands. Given this, it is critical that manufacturers and retailers utilize analysis and insights to maximize opportunities for growth and anticipate an increasingly dynamic marketplace. There are clear trends emerging across many segments, with a strong store-brand presence.

April 21, 2014

The NPD Group announced on Monday that direct-to-consumer sales of U.S. prestige fragrance experienced double-digit growth in the 12 months ended February 2014.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The NPD Group announced on Monday that direct-to-consumer sales of U.S. prestige fragrance experienced double-digit growth in the 12 months ended February 2014.

April 21, 2014

P&G Beauty & Grooming has announced the launch of a nationwide campaign, entitled "Face the World," to educate college students on the importance of creating a unique online identity.

CINCINNATI — P&G Beauty & Grooming has announced the launch of a nationwide campaign, entitled "Face the World," to educate college students on the importance of creating a unique online identity.

With the support of LinkedIn experts, brands like Aussie, CoverGirl, Gillette and Olay will join forces to provide students with the beauty, grooming and career advice needed to help them create a personal brand that appeals to recruiters.

April 21, 2014

Pfizer recently launched Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough + Congestion DM, a new liquid-filled capsule that helps control cough on the go.

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer recently launched Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough + Congestion DM, a new liquid-filled capsule that helps control cough on the go. The new capsule formulation contains 10 mg of dextromethorphan as a cough suppressant and 200 mg of guaifenesin as an expectorant. For adults and children older than 12 years, the new formulation will help temporarily relieve cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation, and help loosen phlegm and thin bronchial secretions to drain bronchial tubes.

April 21, 2014

The 2013-2014 cough-cold season has been characterized as a moderate season with $7.5 billion in sales across total U.S. multi-outlet channels for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26, according to IRI.

The 2013-2014 cough-cold season has been characterized as a moderate season with $7.5 billion in sales across total U.S. multi-outlet channels for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26, according to IRI. Like last year, the season peaked around the New Year with a 4.6% incidence of influenza-like illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, above the national baseline of 2%. But the 2012-2013 season peaked at an almost 6% rate of ILI.

April 21, 2014

Pfizer is making a bid of $100.8 billion (£60 billion) for Astra Zeneca, according to a report in the Sunday Times, published Sunday.

LONDON — Pfizer is making a bid of $100.8 billion (£60 billion) for Astra Zeneca, according to a report in the Sunday Times, a U.K. daily, published Sunday. 

Citing insiders, the Sunday Times reported that, internally, Astra Zeneca is resisting the overture. 

"The New York company is keen to deploy a $70 billion (£42 billion) cash pile that it has accumulated in overseas subsidiaries," the paper reported.

April 21, 2014

By adding complementary specialty medication offerings to their generic drug businesses, manufacturers can add instant value and counteract the margin compression that is currently occurring as a result of high generic drug utilization.

By adding complementary specialty medication offerings to their generic drug businesses, manufacturers can add instant value and counteract the margin compression that is currently occurring as a result of high generic drug utilization.

April 21, 2014

Mylan on Friday announced that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has denied Teva's application for an injunction seeking to prevent Mylan's launch of a generic version of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection) pending the Supreme Court's decision on Teva's appeal.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan on Friday announced that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has denied Teva's application for an injunction seeking to prevent Mylan's launch of a generic version of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection) pending the Supreme Court's decision on Teva's appeal. This is the second time that the Chief Justice has denied Teva's request for such an injunction. 

April 21, 2014

Walgreens on Monday announced that it is now offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations, to support the nearly 60 million annual planned trips by U.S. residents venturing outside the country.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced that it is now offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations, to support the nearly 60 million annual planned trips by U.S. residents venturing outside the country.

April 18, 2014

Actavis on Friday announced that it has entered into agreements with Akorn and Hi-Tech Pharmacal to purchase four currently marketed products and one product under development for cash consideration.

DUBLIN — Actavis on Friday announced that it has entered into agreements with Akorn and Hi-Tech Pharmacal to purchase four currently marketed products and one product under development for cash consideration. The closing of the purchase agreements are contingent upon the consummation of Akorn's acquisition of Hi-Tech. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

April 18, 2014

Actavis and Forest Laboratories on Thursday announced that they have each received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission in connection with Actavis' pending acquisition of Forest.

DUBLIN  — Actavis and Forest Laboratories on Thursday announced that they have each received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission in connection with Actavis' pending acquisition of Forest. 

The effect of the second request is to extend the waiting period until 30 days after Actavis and Forest have substantially complied with the request, unless that period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated sooner by the FTC.  

April 18, 2014

Good news for manufacturers and retailers: Millennials are, in fact, brand loyal. That’s according to a new survey of Millennial consumers from marketing data provider Adroit Digital, which found that 64% of Millennials are more brand-loyal or as brand-loyal as their parents, with 24% considering themselves to be more brand-loyal than their parents.

But there’s a catch.

Good news for manufacturers and retailers: Millennials are, in fact, brand loyal. That’s according to a new survey of Millennial consumers from marketing data provider Adroit Digital, which found that 64% of Millennials are more brand-loyal or as brand-loyal as their parents, with 24% considering themselves to be more brand-loyal than their parents.

But there’s a catch.

April 18, 2014

Evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels provide promising strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities related to HIV infection rates, immunization coverage, motor vehicle injuries and deaths, and smoking, according to a new report by the CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity released Thursday.

ATLANTA — Evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels provide promising strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities related to HIV infection rates, immunization coverage, motor vehicle injuries and deaths, and smoking, according to a new report by the CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity released Thursday.

April 18, 2014

Chobani, a Greek yogurt brand, announced the addition of six new products to its portfolio, which includes such products as Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats, Chobani Indulgent and Chobani Kids.

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — Chobani, a Greek yogurt brand, announced the addition of six new products to its portfolio, which includes such products as Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats, Chobani Indulgent and Chobani Kids.

The six new products will join the Chobani lineup starting June 2014:

April 18, 2014

Dole, a producer of fruits and vegetables, and Almond Breeze, a brand from Blue Diamond Growers, are launching simultaneous Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tours in 2014. The tour will play up the versatility and fun of bananas and offer new ways to add fresh produce to summer meals, snacks and entertaininment plans, the company said.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Dole, a producer of fruits and vegetables, and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, a brand from Blue Diamond Growers, are launching simultaneous Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tours in 2014. The tour will play up the versatility and fun of bananas and offer new ways to add fresh produce to summer meals, snacks and entertaininment plans, the company said.

April 18, 2014

Merck on Thursday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Ragwitek (short ragweed pollen allergen extract) tablet for sublingual use (12 Amb a 1-U).

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck on Thursday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Ragwitek (short ragweed pollen allergen extract) tablet for sublingual use (12 Amb a 1-U). Ragwitek is an allergen extract indicated as immunotherapy for the treatment of short ragweed pollen-induced allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis. Ragwitek is approved for use in adults ages 18 years through 65 years. 

April 18, 2014

Want to name a private-brand soda? Food Lion is betting that some of its shoppers will want to do just that so it has kicked off the “You Name it” contest.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Want to name a private-brand soda? Food Lion is betting that some of its shoppers will want to do just that so it has kicked off the “You Name it” contest.

Now through April 27, Food Lion customers can name their favorite private brand soda flavors for a chance to win prizes.

To participate, customers submit their suggested names for Food Lion brand root beer, ginger ale, orange soda, grape soda and fruit punch. One entry per soda per day is allowed in order to offer multiple opportunities to win prizes.

April 18, 2014

President and CEO of Merck Serono, Belén Garijo, has been appointed an independent director of L'Oréal.

DARMSTADT, Germany and PARIS — President and CEO of Merck Serono, Belén Garijo, has been appointed an independent director of L'Oréal.

Garijo was appointed to the four-year term during L’Oréal’s 2014 Annual General Meeting held Thursday in Paris.