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January 21, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts and WhiteWave Foods on Tuesday announced an agreement to bring Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Creamers to grocery stores and club stores nationwide.

CANTON, Mass. — Dunkin' Donuts and WhiteWave Foods on Tuesday announced an agreement to bring Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Creamers to grocery stores and club stores nationwide.

WhiteWave Foods, a consumer packaged food and beverage company, will develop, manufacture and distribute the creamers which are sold in 32-oz, quart-sized bottles and come in four varieties: Original, Fat-Free, Extra Extra and Unsweetened.  

January 21, 2014

Yankee Candle has added five new fragrances to its lineup.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle Company, a manufacturer of scented candles, announced the introduction of five new fragrances to its lineup. The Exotic Escapes collection — now available at Yankee Candle stores, YankeeCandle.com and specialty retailers — seeks to take consumers away for a tropical excursion, the company said.  

January 20, 2014

To illustrate how beauty is being redefined and to mark the 10th anniversary of its “Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever’s Dove has partnered with the Sundance Institute and filmmaker Cynthia Wade on a documentary short film, “Selfie.”

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — To illustrate how beauty is being redefined and to mark the 10th anniversary of its “Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever’s Dove has partnered with the Sundance Institute and filmmaker Cynthia Wade on a documentary short film, “Selfie.”

January 10, 2014

A company that ranks the nutritional value of foods sold in supermarkets is working with a public health organization in Texas to promote health and wellness.

QUINCY, Mass. — A company that ranks the nutritional value of foods sold in supermarkets is working with a public health organization in Texas to promote health and wellness.

January 8, 2014

Virgin Pulse introduced Virgin Pulse Max, an engagement and activity tracking device, as well as a new mobile app, Virgin Pulse Mobile.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Virgin Pulse on Tuesday introduced Virgin Pulse Max, an engagement and activity tracking device, as well as a new mobile app, Virgin Pulse Mobile. Max directly integrates into the Virgin Pulse software platform, enabling users to create personalized challenges based on individual program goals and track activity such as daily steps, calories burned, distance covered and active minutes of exercise. 

January 8, 2014

It is no secret that the healthcare industry is undergoing great change, fueled by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the advent of the empowered online healthcare consumer.

LYNDHURST, N.J. — It is no secret that the healthcare industry is undergoing great change, fueled by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the advent of the empowered online healthcare consumer. And given the changing landscape, Vitals, a provider of online health tools, has outlined five key predictions for the coming year.

According to Vitals CEO Mitch Rothschild, five key changes that healthcare consumers will see in the coming year are —
 

January 7, 2014

Big Y pharmacies and En-Vision America have recently partnered on a pair of novel programs designed to improve compliance among seniors with impaired vision.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y pharmacies and En-Vision America have recently partnered on a pair of novel programs designed to improve compliance among seniors with impaired vision. 

"The pharmacists are engaging with all patients and making them aware of this new service," Jan Winn, Big Y director of pharmacy, HABC and GM, shared with DSN. "The larger print labels are a big hit with the 'babyboom' generation."

January 3, 2014

Adults who are covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40% more than those in similar circumstances who do not have health insurance, according to a new study, co-authored by an MIT economist, that sheds empirical light on the inner workings of health care in the United States.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Adults who are covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40% more than those in similar circumstances who do not have health insurance, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT economist that sheds empirical light on the inner workings of health care in the United States.

The study takes advantage of Oregon's recent use of a lottery to assign access to Medicaid, the government-backed healthcare plan for low-income Americans, to certain uninsured adults. The research examines emergency room records for roughly 25,000 people for a period of 18 months.

December 30, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve a drug made by Genzyme Corp. for certain forms of multiple sclerosis, the company said Monday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve a drug made by Genzyme Corp. for certain forms of multiple sclerosis, the company said Monday.

December 26, 2013

Amazon is on a course trajectory that will see the online juggernaut command 30% of all online sales by 2016, according to a RetailNet Group projection shared by Keith Anderson, VP digital strategy, during a recent webcast on GMDC Connect, powered by Telepresence.

WALTHAM, Mass. — Amazon is on a course trajectory that will see the online juggernaut command 30% of all online sales by 2016, according to a RetailNet Group projection shared by Keith Anderson, VP digital strategy, during a recent webcast on GMDC Connect, powered by Telepresence.

As part of a session titled “Amazon in Focus,” Anderson provided a comprehensive understanding of Amazon’s complex business model in one hour.

December 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved revisions to the labeling of a leukemia drug made by Ariad Pharmaceuticals that allow the company to resume selling it, the company said.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved revisions to the labeling of a leukemia drug made by Ariad Pharmaceuticals that allow the company to resume selling it, the company said.

December 17, 2013

Forty blockbuster drugs will use patent exclusivity in the United States between this year and 2020, according to a new study.

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Forty blockbuster drugs will use patent exclusivity in the United States between this year and 2020, according to a new study.

December 16, 2013

A redesigned version of an injector pen used to treat infertility is available for distribution in the United States, the manufacturer said.

ROCKLAND, Mass. — A redesigned version of an injector pen used to treat infertility is available for distribution in the United States, the manufacturer said Monday.

EMD Serono, a subsidiary of German drug maker Merck KGaA, said that Gonal-f RFF Redi-ject, a disposable, pre-filled pen used for the drug Gonal-f RFF (follitropin alfa), had become available. The Food and Drug Administration approved the redesigned pen in October. Merck KGaA operates in the United States under the name EMD in order to avoid confusion with U.S.-based Merck & Co.

December 12, 2013

Kaz announced the launch of the Braun Forehead Thermometer, which features a lightweight, ergonomic design, providing a step-by-step on-product usage guide and user-facing digital temperature readouts on a large, backlit screen.

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Kaz on Thursday announced the launch of the Braun Forehead Thermometer, which features a lightweight, ergonomic design, providing a step-by-step on-product usage guide and user-facing digital temperature readouts on a large, backlit screen. 

In addition, the thermometer's fever guidance system indicates the severity of each reading with a green, yellow or red light, helping parents easily decipher and monitor the status of their child's temperature. 

December 11, 2013

According to new research commissioned by Nelson, of the most commonly recommended vitamins and minerals, patients have the hardest time tolerating iron.

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — According to new research commissioned by Nelson, of the most commonly recommended vitamins and minerals, patients have the hardest time tolerating iron. 

Researchers from Market Dynamics surveyed 300 U.S. healthcare professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and dieticians/nutritionists to learn more about their patient conversations around vitamin and mineral supplements. Among the findings — iron led the way in patient complaints. 

December 9, 2013

Swiss drug maker Novartis is providing a vaccine to Princeton University amid an outbreak of potentially fatal meningitis that has affected at least eight students, the university said Monday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Swiss drug maker Novartis is providing a vaccine to Princeton University amid an outbreak of potentially fatal meningitis that has affected at least eight students, the university said Monday.

December 4, 2013

Bathroom wipes may be a popular alternative to toilet tissue, but they can also leave homeowners with clogged plumbing and put strain on city sewer systems. A new product aims to provide a solution.

CANTON, Mass. — Bathroom wipes may be a popular alternative to toilet tissue, but they can also leave homeowners with clogged plumbing and put strain on city sewer systems. A new product aims to provide a solution.

Fresh Dab Toilet Paper Gel is a naturally formulated, water-soluble gel that is applied to toilet paper and then used like a wet wipe. Once the paper is flushed, Fresh Dab easily passes through pipes.

December 4, 2013

The availability of new generic drugs for treating HIV will erode sales of HIV antiretroviral drugs into the next decade in developed countries, according to a new report.

BURLINGTON, Mass. — The availability of new generic drugs for treating HIV will erode sales of HIV antiretroviral drugs into the next decade in developed countries, according to a new report.

Healthcare market research firm Decision Resources released the report Wednesday, showing that sales of antiretroviral drugs in the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Japan would be $13.1 billion in 2022, down from 2012's $13.4 billion.

November 20, 2013

Use of injectable drugs for multiple sclerosis declined during the 12-month period that ended on June 30 as orally administered drugs for the condition became more popular, according to a new report.

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Use of injectable drugs for multiple sclerosis declined during the 12-month period that ended on June 30 as orally administered drugs for the condition became more popular, according to a new report.

November 15, 2013

CVS Caremark and the New England Patriots teamed up for an early Veterans Day tribute on Nov. 9 at Gillette Stadium’s Dana-Farber Field House.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark and the New England Patriots teamed up for an early Veterans Day tribute on Nov. 9 at Gillette Stadium’s Dana-Farber Field House.

November 14, 2013

A new measuring tool will allow users to effortlessly measure portions of food to help with health needs that range from weight management for those trying to shed a few pounds to blood-sugar control for diabetics.

PEPPERELL, Mass.  —  A new measuring tool will allow users to effortlessly measure portions of food to help with health needs that range from weight management for those trying to shed a few pounds to blood-sugar control for diabetics.

November 12, 2013

Laboratory sciences company Waters Corp. has recognized the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' mass spectrometry facility as the first to receive its Waters Centers of Innovation honors, the company announced at a ceremony Tuesday.

MILFORD, Mass. — Laboratory sciences company Waters Corp. has recognized the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' mass spectrometry facility as the first to receive its Waters Centers of Innovation honors, the company announced at a ceremony Tuesday.

November 6, 2013

Geodeo Natural Deodorant Plus with Detox Complex is now available at Big Y World Class Markets in the New England area, the manufacturer has announced.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Geodeo Natural Deodorant Plus with Detox Complex is now available at Big Y World Class Markets in the New England area, the manufacturer has announced.

Geodeo Natural Deodorant Island and Ocean scents are on sale in the personal care section of 61 locations of the grocer with stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.
 

November 6, 2013

The Yankee Candle Co. will introduce the new holiday-inspired Snow Globes collection, the company announced Wednesday.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The Yankee Candle Co. will introduce the new holiday-inspired Snow Globes collection, the company announced Wednesday.  

November 5, 2013

Negative experiences in one shopping channel can influence consumers' perceptions of other channels too, according to a new survey.

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Negative experiences in one shopping channel can influence consumers' perceptions of other channels too, according to a new survey.

The survey, "Holiday 2013: Top Trends to Watch," commissioned by Kronos and conducted online by Harris Interactive, found that 68% of Americans report that a negative experience in one channel can influence how they perceive physical stores, online, mobile, phone centers and catalogs. The survey was conducted from Sept. 26-30 among 2,003 adults.