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March 27, 2014

Getting a flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74%, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Thursday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

ATLANTA — Getting a flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74%, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Thursday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

March 27, 2014

Mars Retail Group announced that it has signed Mad Engine as a new licensee to produce a range of apparel that will express the vividness of M&M's and Skittles brands.

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J. — Mars Retail Group announced that it has signed Mad Engine as a new licensee to produce a range of apparel that will express the vividness of M&M's and Skittles brands. The apparel will be available at a variety of price points and include long- and short-sleeve T-shirts, knit tops, outerwear, fleece and hoodies.

The new line could serve as a colorful focal point for retailers as they plan Back-to-College endcaps or holiday displays. Retailers may place orders in spring 2014 for distribution across the United States.

March 27, 2014

A study from Wahl Therapeutic Massagers released Thursday found that physical aches and soreness are a real threat to travelers of all ages — 92% of adults 18 years of age and older experience physical pain while traveling.

STERLING, Ill. — A study from Wahl Therapeutic Massagers released Thursday found that physical aches and soreness are a real threat to travelers of all ages — 92% of adults 18 years of age and older experience physical pain while traveling.

March 26, 2014

Drive Medical on Tuesday introduced the Bariatric Rollator walker.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Drive Medical on Tuesday introduced the Bariatric Rollator walker.

The Bariatric Rollator features a 400-pound weight capacity and is extra-wide between the handles for more comfortable use. The 8-inch wheels are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. And the Bariatric Rollator includes a basket for carrying items. 

Other features include a soft padded oversized seat and a tool-free removable padded backrest for comfort.

March 26, 2014

Fitbit on Wednesday announced that its activity and sleep trackers now sync directly with 44 Android and iOS devices, up from 26 in early January.

SAN FRANCISCO — Fitbit on Wednesday announced that its activity and sleep trackers now sync directly with 44 Android and iOS devices, up from 26 in early January. In addition, to bring health and fitness tracking to even more users, Fitbit also announced Wednesday that the free Fitbit app will be pre-loaded on the new HTC One (M8), allowing users to track their activity with just their smartphone.

March 26, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline began alerting consumers that some bottles of its Alli over-the-counter weight-loss medication have been tampered with.

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday began alerting consumers that some bottles of its Alli over-the-counter weight-loss medication have been tampered with. "Consumer safety is GSK's primary concern," the company stated. "We have initiated an investigation and are working with the Food and Drug Administration."

The outer carton of any tampered product may look authentic, but there are several tell-tale signs that the product has been tampered with, GSK cautioned, including:  

March 26, 2014

Lay's Kettle Cooked, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, introduced new Lay's Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut potato chips. The new snack is currently available nationwide in two varieties: Aged Cheddar and Black Pepper; and Roasted Garlic and Sea Salt.

PLANO, Texas — Lay's Kettle Cooked, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, introduced new Lay's Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut potato chips. The new snack is currently available nationwide in two varieties: aged cheddar and black pepper, and roasted garlic and sea salt.

March 26, 2014

Perrigo announced that its Nutritionals segment is partnering with KanPak to manufacture store brand adult nutritional drinks comparable to Ensure products.

DUBLIN — Perrigo on Wednesday announced that its Nutritionals segment is partnering with KanPak to manufacture store brand adult nutritional drinks comparable to Ensure products. KanPak is a supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology. 

March 26, 2014

In a study that included nearly 300,000 adults without a known history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease, adding information about glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), a measure of longer-term blood sugar control, to conventional CVD risk factors like smoking and cholesterol was associated with little improvement in the prediction of CVD risk, according to a study in the March 26 issue of JAMA.

CHICAGO — In a study that included nearly 300,000 adults without a known history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease, adding information about glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), a measure of longer-term blood sugar control, to conventional CVD risk factors like smoking and cholesterol was associated with little improvement in the prediction of CVD risk, according to a study in the March 26 issue of JAMA.

March 26, 2014

Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of the Topps Co., announced the expansion of the Major League Baseball branded Ring Pops to new teams this March.

NEW YORK — Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of the Topps Co., announced the expansion of the Major League Baseball branded Ring Pops to new teams this March. The candies will be expanding to additional teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox.

The branded Ring Pop candies are packaged in wrappers featuring each team's logos, with flavors corresponding to the team colors, the company said.

March 26, 2014

Zarbee's Naturals launched Seasonal Relief with Ze339, an extract from Butterbur that helps relieve congestion, the company reported.

SALT LAKE CITY — Zarbee's Naturals on Tuesday launched Seasonal Relief with Ze339, an extract from Butterbur that helps relieve congestion, the company reported. 

March 25, 2014

Now that spring is officially here, Nestlé has unveiled a slew of festive confections in time for consumers to get a head start on Easter.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Now that spring is officially here, Nestlé has unveiled a slew of festive confections in time for consumers to get a head start on Easter. 

March 25, 2014

Cumberland Packing Corp.'s In the Raw sweetener brand announced Sugar in the Raw Organic White, an organic, unbleached cane sugar.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Cumberland Packing Corp.'s In the Raw sweetener brand announced Sugar in the Raw Organic White, an organic, unbleached cane sugar. National distribution is set to begin this month in leading grocers and specialty health food stores across the United States.

March 25, 2014

VR1 on Tuesday announced the availability of Ausanil, a new non-prescription homeopathic nasal spray formulated to provide rapid pain relief from severe headaches and migraines with no reported systemic side effects or adverse drug-drug interactions.

NEW YORK — VR1 on Tuesday announced the availability of Ausanil, a new non-prescription homeopathic nasal spray formulated to provide rapid pain relief from severe headaches and migraines with no reported systemic side effects or adverse drug-drug interactions. 

March 25, 2014

Walgreens is expanding the distribution of its Boots' No7 beauty brand across its New York City store base, Greg Wasson, president and CEO Walgreens, told analysts Tuesday morning.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is expanding the distribution of its Boots' No7 beauty brand across its New York City store base, Greg Wasson, president and CEO Walgreens, told analysts Tuesday morning. "We completed the rollout to 10 stores in February and plan to reach 150 stores in the City," Wasson said. 

March 24, 2014

S&D Beverage Innovations, a division of S&D Coffee, a custom coffee roaster and blender of iced tea for the foodservice industry, announced the introduction of MilkSplash, a new milk flavoring for parents who want their kids to drink more milk and make health-conscious beverage choices.

CONCORD, N.C. —  S&D Beverage Innovations, a division of S&D Coffee, a custom coffee roaster and blender of iced tea for the food service industry, announced the introduction of MilkSplash, a new milk flavoring for parents who want their kids to drink more milk and make health-conscious beverage choices.

MilkSplash will launch this week in select Target stores and will debut at Walmart and other retailers in April. The product comes in flavors like Cocoa Loco, Sir Strawberry Swirl, Orange Cream Dream, Cookies 'N Cream and Jammin' Banana.

March 24, 2014

Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which New Jersey-based Vertical Pharmaceuticals has acquired Upsher-Smith's rights to Divigel (estradiol gel) 0.1%, Nexa Plus Rx Prenatal Vitamin, and Provella, a probiotic dietary supplement.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which New Jersey-based Vertical Pharmaceuticals has acquired Upsher-Smith's rights to Divigel (estradiol gel) 0.1%, Nexa Plus Rx Prenatal Vitamin, and Provella, a probiotic dietary supplement. As part of the transaction, Upsher-Smith has transferred the new drug application for Divigel to Vertical Pharmaceuticals. 

March 21, 2014

New guidelines for using statins to treat high cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease are projected to result in 12.8 million more U.S. adults taking the drugs, according to a research team led by Duke Medicine scientists.

DURHAM, N.C. — New guidelines for using statins to treat high cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease are projected to result in 12.8 million more U.S. adults taking the drugs, according to a research team led by Duke Medicine scientists. Overall, of the 12.8 million additional U.S. adults recommended for statin use under the new guidelines, 10.4 million are people who would be prescribed the drugs for preventive care. Of those preventive users, 8.3 million would be people over the age of 60. 

March 21, 2014

Newman's Own, a supplier of food and beverage products, has introduced Newman's Own Greek Nonfat Yogurt to its product line. The product will arrive in markets along the Atlantic seaboard this month.

WESTPORT, Conn. — Newman's Own, a supplier of food and beverage products, has introduced Newman's Own Greek Nonfat Yogurt to its product line. The product will arrive in markets along the Atlantic seaboard this month.

“We’re excited about launching Greek Nonfat Yogurt,” said Dave Best, VP marketing, Newman’s Own. “It gives consumers a great-tasting, healthy option while supporting our philanthropic mission and contributing to the common good.”

March 21, 2014

Progresso, a brand from General Mills, announced new flavors for its line of Recipe Starters cooking sauces.

MINNEAPOLIS — Progresso, a brand from General Mills, announced new flavors for its line of Recipe Starters cooking sauces. Each pouch has a recipe favorite printied on it to give consumers a head start on meals during the week. Most of the recipes from Recipe Starters require five or fewer ingredients and can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, the company said. 

March 21, 2014

Skinnygirl brand has already made its foray into several categories, including a recent line of water flavor enhancers and a partnership with SodaStream to create new flavors. Now the brand will step into the supplement category with its new Skinnygirl Supplements.

NEW YORK — Skinnygirl brand has already made its foray into several categories, including a recent line of water flavor enhancers and a partnership with SodaStream to create new flavors. Now the brand will step into the supplement category with its new Skinnygirl Supplements.

March 20, 2014

Members of the board of directors of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday were elected at the association’s Annual Executive Conference at Amelia Island, Fla.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Members of the board of directors of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday were elected at the association’s Annual Executive Conference. James Mackey, SVP U.S. Region Head, Merck Consumer Care, will continue to serve as chair for a second term.  

March 20, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday released the results of a recent poll of Missouri voters conducted by GS Strategy Group and supported by CHPA that found a clear majority of state residents oppose proposed legislation that would require a prescription for the purchase of pseudoephedrine.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday released the results of a recent poll of Missouri voters conducted by GS Strategy Group and supported by CHPA that found a clear majority of state residents oppose proposed legislation that would require a prescription for the purchase of pseudoephedrine.

March 20, 2014

Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday named Ernesto Quinteros, recently of Belkin International, as its chief design officer.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday named Ernesto Quinteros, recently of Belkin International, as its chief design officer. He will join the company May 5 and report to Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman. 

The chief design officer for Johnson & Johnson is a newly created role that expands the responsibility of the company’s Global Strategic Design Office beyond its consumer business origins to encompass the breadth of the company’s portfolio, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer and health and wellness.

March 20, 2014

Johnny Appleseed, a new brand from Anheuser-Busch, announced that its Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider will debut on store shelves beginning April 7.

ST. LOUIS — Johnny Appleseed, a new brand from Anheuser-Busch, announced that its Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider will debut on store shelves beginning April 7. More than 750 consumers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom help to co-design the brand — from taste profile to packaging, the company said.