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January 12, 2011

Dr. Fresh's FireFly children's toothbrush and its licensed counterparts have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Dr. Fresh's FireFly children's toothbrush and its licensed counterparts have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs' acceptance of FireFly is based on its findings that the product is effective for removing plaque and helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis when used as directed.

January 12, 2011

Drug maker Merck and drug industry services organization Parexel International will work together to develop biosimilars, the two said Wednesday.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Drug maker Merck and drug industry services organization Parexel International will work together to develop biosimilars, the two said Wednesday.

Under the agreement, Parexel will give Merck BioVentures access to clinical and regulatory services for the development of biosimilars. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

January 12, 2011

The independent pharmacy lobby has issued a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., with insight on how certain current or proposed federal regulations can burden pharmacies and their patients.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The independent pharmacy lobby has issued a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., with insight on how certain current or proposed federal regulations can burden pharmacies and their patients.

January 12, 2011

A program developed by the National Community Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators seeks to educate pharmacists on how to help teach patients to better manage their diabetes.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A program developed by the National Community Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators seeks to educate pharmacists on how to help teach patients to better manage their diabetes.

The Diabetes Accreditation Standards-Practical Applications program will be offered four times this year, the first one being held at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego Jan. 21 to 23, the groups said.

January 12, 2011

Puffs, a Procter & Gamble brand, recently brought spokeswoman Tanya Remer Altmann to share tips with mommy bloggers and their children on healthy winter habits.

NEW YORK — Puffs, a Procter & Gamble brand, recently brought spokeswoman Tanya Remer Altmann to share tips with mommy bloggers and their children on healthy winter habits.

Altmann, a UCLA-trained pediatrician, visited New York City indoor child play space Apple Seeds to give out samples of Puffs tissues and to educate children on good hand-washing habits, best tissues to use for those with sore and chapped noses and ways to avoid coughs, colds and flu during the winter.

January 12, 2011

It seems that many mail-order pharmacy patients are unaware that they can receive their 90-day supply of prescription medications at community pharmacies.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — It seems that many mail-order pharmacy patients are unaware that they can receive their 90-day supply of prescription medications at community pharmacies.

January 11, 2011

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals sought to reassure healthcare professionals and their patients that a recall of alcohol prep pads distributed with its multiple sclerosis drug did not affect the drug itself.

WAYNE, N.J. — Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals sought to reassure healthcare professionals and their patients that a recall of alcohol prep pads distributed with its multiple sclerosis drug did not affect the drug itself.

The drug maker’s MS treatment Betaseron (interferon beta-1b) is distributed with prep pads made by Triad Group, which recently staged a recall of prep products due to potential contamination with Bacillus cereus bacteria, which would lead to life-threatening infections.

January 11, 2011

The nation’s top independent pharmacy group is hailing a recent decision by a major corporation to maintain freedom of choice of where its employees fill their maintenance prescription medicines.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The nation’s top independent pharmacy group is hailing a recent decision by a major corporation to maintain freedom of choice of where its employees fill their maintenance prescription medicines.

The National Community Pharmacists Association today applauded BB&T's decision to reemphasize and continue its employees' choice in filling their maintenance prescriptions, including at independent community pharmacies. The revised policy was communicated to BB&T employees last week.

January 11, 2011

U.S. drug maker Eli Lilly and German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim will collaborate to develop drugs for diabetes, the companies said Tuesday.

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. drug maker Eli Lilly and German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim will collaborate to develop drugs for diabetes, the companies said Tuesday.

The agreement centers around investigative drugs currently in mid- to late-stage clinical development, including two oral drugs made by BI, BI10773 and linagliptin, and two basal insulin analogues made by Lilly, LY2605541 and LY2963016. The deal also includes options to develop and commercialize a Lilly monoclonal antibody.

January 11, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application for a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes made by Merck, the drug maker said Tuesday.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application for a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes made by Merck, the drug maker said Tuesday.

Merck announced the acceptance of its application for extended-release Janumet, which combines in a single pill the active ingredient sitagliptin with extended-release metformin, a drug commonly prescribed for Type 2 diabetes.

January 11, 2011

Lornamead is bringing new innovation to hair care with its new Finesse Clean + Simple line, the first dermatologist-tested hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner developed for the mass market.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Lornamead is bringing new innovation to hair care with its new Finesse Clean + Simple line, the first dermatologist-tested hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner developed for the mass market.

“Up until now, people with sensitive skin or allergies had to settle for expensive specialty or salon products to meet their needs. Now, they have a good, affordable option for the whole family where they usually shop for shampoo,” stated Randy Sloan, president of Lornamead, which acquired the brand from Unilever in 2006.

January 11, 2011

The APhA Foundation said Tuesday that it has re-elected two prominent pharmacy leaders to its board of directors.

WASHINGTON — The APhA Foundation said Tuesday that it has re-elected two prominent pharmacy leaders to its board of directors. Dennis Helling and Eugene Lutz will be officially installed at the American Pharmacist Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Seattle on March 25 to 28.

January 11, 2011

Looking to boost medication compliance rates for patients? Cash incentives and interactive games might be a key.

NORWALK, Conn. — Looking to boost medication compliance rates for patients? Cash incentives and interactive games might be a key.

That’s the finding from HealthPrize Technologies, a Web-based software company that conducted a feasibility study gauging how incentives and games can assist in increasing medication compliance. The company found that average compliance rates for patients given those incentives was 88%.

January 11, 2011

Cough, cold and flu are among the most commonly experienced conditions in adults and children, leading them to seek medical care.

NEW YORK — Cough, cold and flu are among the most commonly experienced conditions in adults and children, leading them to seek medical care.

In an effort to support healthcare provider education around these topics, Kaz has sponsored CE lessons for pharmacists, technicians, and nurse practitioners.

January 11, 2011

Despite an increase in flu activity, a recent CVS/pharmacy survey showed that 56% of respondents still had not received their flu shot, although 93% were aware that there already have been reported cases of the flu this season, the pharmacy retailer stated.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Despite an increase in flu activity, a recent CVS/pharmacy survey showed that 56% of respondents still had not received their flu shot, although 93% were aware that there already have been reported cases of the flu this season, the pharmacy retailer stated.

Flu activity steadily is increasing in the United States, with eight states now having reported widespread outbreaks of influenza cases, according CVS/pharmacy, which cited the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

January 11, 2011

A new line of nitrile disposable examination gloves is hitting the market.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A new line of nitrile disposable examination gloves is hitting the market.

Microflex's Xceed gloves offer a unique combination of benefits for any disposable examination glove user (nitrile or latex) looking to increase glove quality and durability at an affordable price. The gloves mimic the soft fit, feel and tactile sensitivity of disposable natural rubber latex gloves, while delivering up to 90% greater tensile strength.

January 11, 2011

Navarro Discount Pharmacies has signed a lease for a new 14,000-sq.-ft. store in north Miami. With a store opening planned for the summer of 2011, the newest store will be the company's 29th location and its first new store opening since its airport location opened in 2007.

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacies has signed a lease for a new 14,000-sq.-ft. store in north Miami. With a store opening planned for the summer of 2011, the newest store will be the company's 29th location and its first new store opening since its airport location opened in 2007.

January 11, 2011

While a majority of physicians are comfortable with generic medications, there is a small segment who still have negative perceptions about the effectiveness and quality of generic drugs, and that may lead to doctors prescribing unnecessarily expensive medications, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — While a majority of physicians are comfortable with generic medications, there is a small segment who still have negative perceptions about the effectiveness and quality of generic drugs, and that may lead to doctors prescribing unnecessarily expensive medications, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark.

January 11, 2011

A global luxury tea brand has launched a line of organic, culinary-inspired blends.

CONCORD, Mass. — A global luxury tea brand has launched a line of organic, culinary-inspired blends.

Tea Forte's herbal retreat relaxation teas are caffeine-free beverages designed to relax the body and mind. In addition to being organic, the teas are packaged in recyclable, air-tight EnviroTins, with each tin containing eco-friendly, biodegradable, full-leaf sachets made of GMO-free corn silk.

The teas are available in mojito marmalade, apricot amaretto, blueberry merlot, kiwi lime ginger and cherry cosmo, and carry a suggested retail price of $8.95.

January 10, 2011

The healthcare system needs to find ways to help patients with such complex therapies as chronic heart disease to simplify and centralize their medication management and create a "pharmacy home" to improve medication adherence, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The healthcare system needs to find ways to help patients with such complex therapies as chronic heart disease to simplify and centralize their medication management and create a "pharmacy home" to improve medication adherence, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark.

January 10, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating pain in cancer patients, the agency said Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating pain in cancer patients, the agency said Friday.

The FDA announced the approval of ProStrakan’s Abstral (fentanyl) transmucosal tablets for the management of pain that appears suddenly for short periods and is not alleviated by a patient’s normal pain-management plan, also known as breakthrough pain. The tablets are designed for administration on the soft surfaces of the mouth, including inside the cheek, gums and tongue, as well as the nasal passages or the throat.

January 10, 2011

Ansell Healthcare Products on Monday announced a relaunch of its core line of LifeStyles condoms in partnership with strategic brand consultant CBX and released a new Signature Series of premium condom products.

NEW YORK — Ansell Healthcare Products on Monday announced a relaunch of its core line of LifeStyles condoms in partnership with strategic brand consultant CBX and released a new Signature Series of premium condom products.

The new LifeStyles condoms encapsulate a brand-centric approach while establishing a consumer-driven position that better reflects a more confident and contemporary masculine style.

January 10, 2011

Aspirinpod recently launched its Aspirinpod emergency aspirin container — a small heart-shaped container that can be carried on a key chain.

DALLAS — Aspirinpod recently launched its Aspirinpod emergency aspirin container — a small heart-shaped container that can be carried on a key chain.

Aspirinpod is a reminder to have aspirin with you at all times in the event of a heart attack, noted company founder Patti Frenette.

The small container, which does not include the aspirin, is large enough for two 325-mg tablets or four 81-mg tablets. Suggested retail price is $2.99.

January 10, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration declined to approve Endo Pharmaceuticals’ regulatory application for a painkiller designed to thwart drug abusers, Endo said Friday.

CHADDS FORD, Pa. — The Food and Drug Administration declined to approve Endo Pharmaceuticals’ regulatory application for a painkiller designed to thwart drug abusers, Endo said Friday.

January 10, 2011

Drug maker Shionogi has launched a new medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said Monday.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Drug maker Shionogi has launched a new medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said Monday.

Shionogi announced the launch of Kapvay (clonidine hydrochloride), an extended-release drug for treating ADHD in children and adolescents. The company said the drug was the only ADHD treatment approved as an add-on to stimulant medications, though it can be used alone as well.