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February 5, 2014

The Seahawks got a surprise from Coca-Cola when they returned to clean out their lockers at their training facilities.

RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks got a surprise when they returned to clean out their lockers at their training facilities. Coca-Cola distributed commemorative, limited-edition cans of Coke Zero that featured the team logo, which mark the first world championship in the Seattle Seahawks’ history.

February 5, 2014

In support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers, CVS Caremark announced on Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the United States by Oct. 1, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers, CVS Caremark announced on Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the United States by Oct. 1, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step. It also will undertake a robust national smoking-cessation program that will launch in the spring.

February 5, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens on Wednesday teamed up to launch Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking program that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens on Wednesday teamed up to launch Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking program that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit. 

February 5, 2014

Inergetics on Tuesday announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Terra Tech Corp, a fast-growing urban agricultural company, to jointly develop a line of natural cannibidiol-based nutritional supplements.

NEWARK, N.J. — Inergetics on Tuesday announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Terra Tech Corp, a fast-growing urban agricultural company, to jointly develop a line of natural cannibidiol-based nutritional supplements.

The strategic partnership will combine Inergetics' expertise in successfully developing and marketing innovative nutritional supplements that help consumers lead better and healthier lives with Terra Tech's agricultural expertise and established distribution network of dispensaries in medical cannabis markets.

February 5, 2014

Post wants to help Americans maintain healthy digestive systems with the introduction of a new cereal, the company announced.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Post wants to help Americans maintain healthy digestive systems with the introduction of Great Grains Digestive Blend cereals, the company announced.  

February 5, 2014

Higi on Tuesday announced an agreement with Rite Aid to become the sole provider of health stations in stores nationwide.

CHICAGO — Higi on Tuesday announced an agreement with Rite Aid to become the sole provider of health stations in stores nationwide. The company will deploy approximately 4,100 higi Stations across the United States beginning in the second quarter of 2014 and projects completion of the rollout by early 2015. 

February 5, 2014

Vapor4Life, a developer and distributor of e-cigarettes and e-cigars, unveiled its new E-Cigar King line at the Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo in Las Vegas on Jan. 29.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Vapor4Life, a developer and distributor of e-cigarettes and e-cigars, unveiled its new E-Cigar King line at the Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo in Las Vegas on Jan. 29. E-Cigar King aims to provide a true cigar smoking experience, the company said.

February 4, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition promoted Douglas “Duffy” MacKay to SVP scientific and regulatory affairs, effective immediately.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday promoted Douglas “Duffy” MacKay to SVP scientific and regulatory affairs, effective immediately. This promotion recognizes the contributions MacKay has made to CRN in the science and regulatory areas since he joined the association in September 2008.

February 4, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unveiled its first youth tobacco prevention program, “The Real Cost,” which will target at-risk youth ages 12 to 17 who are open to smoking or already experimenting with cigarettes.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unveiled its first youth tobacco prevention program, “The Real Cost,” which will target at-risk youth ages 12 to 17 years who are open to smoking or already experimenting with cigarettes. About 10 million youth in the United States currently fall into this category.

The campaign launches nationally Feb. 11. 

February 4, 2014

The Global Market Development Center released a new whitepaper, “Amazon in Focus: Overview,” which summarizes an analysis of Amazon’s business model, presented by Keith Anderson, VP and senior analyst at RetailNet Group, in a GMDC* Connect Videocast.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center on Monday released a new whitepaper, “Amazon in Focus: Overview,” which summarizes an analysis of Amazon’s business model, presented by Keith Anderson, VP and senior analyst at RetailNet Group, in a GMDC* Connect Videocast.

February 4, 2014

Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, last week introduced bipartisan legislation — the Preventing Abuse of Cough Medicine Treatment Act — that would help combat the abuse of dextromethorphan by placing an age restriction on its purchase.

WASHINGTON — Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, last week introduced bipartisan legislation — the Preventing Abuse of Cough Medicine Treatment Act — that would help combat the abuse of dextromethorphan by placing an age restriction on its purchase. 

February 4, 2014

Sanofi and its U.S. consumer healthcare division Chattem on Tuesday announced that Nasacort Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray is now available over the counter in the United States to relieve seasonal and year-round nasal allergy symptoms, including nasal congestion, in adults and children 2 years of age and older.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Sanofi and its U.S. consumer healthcare division Chattem on Tuesday announced that Nasacort Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray is now available over the counter in the United States to relieve seasonal and year-round nasal allergy symptoms, including nasal congestion, in adults and children 2 years of age and older.  

February 4, 2014

The Wall Street Journal on Monday featured PharmaCare's Sambucol Black Elderberry product in an article titled, "Elderberry as a Flu Remedy."

NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal on Monday featured PharmaCare's Sambucol Black Elderberry product in an article titled, "Elderberry as a Flu Remedy." 

February 4, 2014

Yasso, a frozen Greek yogurt brand, announced the introduction of five new flavors to its line of products, which will join the brand's six existing flavors.

BOSTON — Yasso, a frozen Greek yogurt brand, announced the introduction of five new flavors to its line of products. Peanut Butter Cup, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Fudge, Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Sea Salt Caramel will join Yasso's six existing flavors. Yasso's line is available at more than 14,000 grocery stores across the nation.

February 3, 2014

General Mills has launched more than 50 new items in the United States, with dozens more to launch in international markets.

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills has launched more than 50 new items in the United States, with dozens more to launch in international markets.

Some of the new offerings include:

February 3, 2014

Nielsen Holdings on Monday announced that it has completed the tender offer by Nielsen and its wholly owned subsidiary, Prime Acquisition Corp., to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Harris Interactive, a global market research firm.

NEW YORK — Nielsen Holdings on Monday announced that it has completed the tender offer by Nielsen and its wholly owned subsidiary, Prime Acquisition Corp., to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Harris Interactive, a global market research firm. Nielsen expects to complete the acquisition of Harris through a merger under Delaware law. Upon the completion of the merger, Harris Interactive will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Nielsen and its shares will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.

February 3, 2014

Post Holdings on Monday announced it has agreed to acquire the PowerBar and Musashi brands and related worldwide assets from Nestlé S.A.

ST. LOUIS — Post Holdings on Monday announced it has agreed to acquire the PowerBar and Musashi brands and related worldwide assets from Nestlé S.A.

February 3, 2014

Approximately 1-in-3 chronically-ill National Health Interview Survey participants are unable to afford food, medications or both, according to a study published Jan. 21 in the American Journal of Medicine.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Approximately 1-in-3 chronically-ill National Health Interview Survey participants are unable to afford food, medications or both, according to a study published Jan. 21 in the American Journal of Medicine. WIC and public health insurance participation are associated with less food insecurity and cost-related medication underuse.

January 31, 2014

Actavis on Friday announced a realignment of its global strategic business structure to maximize the company's newly strengthened position as a leading specialty pharmaceutical developer, manufacturer and marketer, and to enhance Actavis' position for continued long-term growth.

DUBLIN — Actavis on Friday announced a realignment of its global strategic business structure to maximize the company's newly strengthened position as a leading specialty pharmaceutical developer, manufacturer and marketer, and to enhance Actavis' position for continued long-term growth. 

January 31, 2014

Bain & Co. released findings Thursday from an online survey of 1,200 people living in New York, Munich and New Delhi that found most would readily trade premium medical care for access to healthier living options, such as more nutritious food, health education, exercise and innovative healthcare technologies.

ZURICH — Bain & Co. released findings Thursday from an online survey of 1,200 people living in New York, Munich and New Delhi that found most would readily trade premium medical care for access to healthier living options, such as more nutritious food, health education, exercise and innovative healthcare technologies.

January 31, 2014

GoJo Industries on Friday announced the acquisition of Laboratoires Prodene Klint. Based in France, Prodene Klint specializes in professional hygiene, cosmetics and disinfectant products.

AKRON, Ohio — GoJo Industries on Friday announced the acquisition of Laboratoires Prodene Klint. Based in France, Prodene Klint specializes in professional hygiene, cosmetics and disinfectant products.  

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

January 31, 2014

The National Advertising Division has referred to the Federal Trade Commission advertising claims made by Brain Research Labs, for Procera AVH, following the company’s failure to abide by the terms of an NAD decision.

NEW YORK — The National Advertising Division has referred to the Federal Trade Commission advertising claims made by Brain Research Labs, for Procera AVH, following the company’s failure to abide by the terms of an NAD decision.

In an underlying 2009 decision, NAD recommended that the advertiser discontinue a wide range of claims and testimonials for Procera AVH, including the unqualified claim that Procera AVH was “clinically shown to restore the memory and brain power you had 10-15 years ago" and claims that the product is “fast-acting.”

January 31, 2014

Nestlé USA announced expansions to its seasonal Valentine's Day collection, which includes cards kits filled with Nestlé-branded treats.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Nestlé USA announced expansions to its seasonal Valentine's Day collection, which includes cards kits filled with Nestlé-branded treats.

January 30, 2014

Jelly Belly Candy Co. will offer consumers a variety of treats for Valentine's Day, including the new Jelly Belly Tabasco Dark Chocolate Covered Jelly Beans.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Co. will offer consumers a variety of treats for Valentine's Day, including the new Jelly Belly Tabasco Dark Chocolate Covered Jelly Beans.   

January 30, 2014

Novartis Consumer Health will be relaunching Theraflu for the 2014-2015 cough-cold season, Brian McNamara, Novartis division head OTC, told analysts.

BASEL, Switzerland — Novartis Consumer Health will be relaunching Theraflu for the 2014-2015 cough-cold season, Brian McNamara, Novartis division head OTC, told analysts Wednesday. 

"As you know, in the U.S. business we launched Lamisil and Triaminic and Excedrin end of 2012 and 2013. About halfway through the year, we launched Benefiber. And for next year, we expect to launch Theraflu for that cough and cold season," he said.