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August 30, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for dermatitis made by Perrigo under a collaboration with Chicago-based Cobrek Pharmaceutical.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for dermatitis made by Perrigo under a collaboration with Chicago-based Cobrek Pharmaceutical.

The drug maker said Tuesday that the FDA approved ketoconazole foam in the 2% strength. The drug is a generic version of Stiefel Labs' Extina, a topical drug used to treat seborrheic dermatitis in patients ages 12 years and older with healthy immune systems.

Extina has annual sales of about $10 million, according to Perrigo.

August 24, 2011

Meijer announced that it has opened a new, smaller-format grocery store in the Chicago area.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced that it has opened a new, smaller-format grocery store in the Chicago area.

The 90,000-sq.-ft. Meijer Marketplace store in Melrose Park will feature national and Meijer brand grocery items, along with a full-service pharmacy offering a variety of national and Meijer brand health and beauty products, the company reported.

August 19, 2011

Americans that suffer from diabetes and/or hypertension are at risk of developing a common type of glaucoma, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

NEW YORK — Americans that suffer from diabetes and/or hypertension are at risk of developing a common type of glaucoma, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

August 17, 2011

Perrigo is planning to launch more than 45 new products in fiscal 2012 that will translate into approximately $190 million added to annual Perrigo sales, Perrigo chairman, president and CEO Joe Papa told analysts during the company's fourth-quarter conference call Tuesday.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo is planning to launch more than 45 new products in fiscal 2012 that will translate into approximately $190 million added to annual Perrigo sales, Perrigo chairman, president and CEO Joe Papa told analysts during the company's fourth-quarter conference call Tuesday.

And while none of these new over-the-counter private-label products will help reduce cholesterol levels, Papa did set the stage for a future store-brand equivalent to Pfizer's blockbuster statin Lipitor.

August 16, 2011

A weight-loss supplement developed by a pair of Wayne State University professors has gained distribution through Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, ArtJen Complexus announced Monday.

DETROIT — A weight-loss supplement developed by a pair of Wayne State University professors has gained distribution through Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, ArtJen Complexus announced Monday.

The new diet aid is Mirafit, an all-natural, stimulant-free weight-loss supplement derived from corn fiber, which does not contain allergens, the company added.

August 16, 2011

Generic drug maker Perrigo reported sales of $2.76 billion and profits of $341 million in fiscal year 2011, according to an earnings report released Tuesday.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Generic drug maker Perrigo reported sales of $2.76 billion and profits of $341 million in fiscal year 2011, according to an earnings report released Tuesday.

The company's sales represent a 21% increase over fiscal year 2010, while its profits represent a 52% increase. Much of the increase in sales came from the acquisition of PBM Holdings and Orion Labs, as well as $192 million in new product sales.

August 9, 2011

After exceeding more than $2 million in food and donations, Meijer announced that it once again has launched the Simply Give campaign throughout its stores.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After exceeding more than $2 million in food and donations, Meijer announced that it once again has launched the Simply Give campaign throughout its stores.

August 5, 2011

The Chain Drug Marketing Association recently announced that the debut of its “Make More Money Table Top Show” will take place in Philadelphia from Sept. 23 to 24.

NOVI, Mich. — The Chain Drug Marketing Association recently announced that the debut of its “Make More Money Table Top Show” will take place in Philadelphia from Sept. 23 to 24. The show will provide CDMA-member regional drug chains, regional drug wholesalers and independent pharmacies an opportunity to preview table-top displays of CDMA's hot items, with items from various categories, including seasonal, health-and-beauty and soft goods, among others. 

August 3, 2011

Hetty Lima has been tapped to serve as Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy's VP specialty infusion services, the company announced this week.

FLINT, Mich. — Hetty Lima has been tapped to serve as Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy's VP specialty infusion services, the company announced this week.

In her new role, Lima will will be responsible for leading the sales and operations for Diplomat’s specialty infused product lines, including the national nursing network.

Lima, a 27-year industry veteran, served in various executive-level positions at such companies as Baxter Healthcare, CVS Caremark’s specialty pharmacy division and Coram’s Hemophilia Services division.

July 29, 2011

Just as National Convenient Care Clinic Week gets under way and healthcare professionals gather in Orlando, Fla., to attend the fourth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress, the convenient care industry continues to evolve as MinuteClinic seals the deal on yet another clinical collaboration and a newcomer prepares to open its doors in Pennsylvania.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Just as National Convenient Care Clinic Week gets under way and healthcare professionals gather in Orlando, Fla., to attend the fourth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress, the convenient care industry continues to evolve as MinuteClinic seals the deal on yet another clinical collaboration and a newcomer prepares to open its doors in Pennsylvania.

July 28, 2011

Henry Ford Health System is working to increase its capacity to serve patients in metropolitan Detroit through a new collaborative effort with CVS Caremark's MinuteClinic.

WOONSOCKET, R.I., and DETROIT — Henry Ford Health System is working to increase its capacity to serve patients in metropolitan Detroit through a new collaborative effort with CVS Caremark's MinuteClinic.

MinuteClinic has 10 walk-in clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Southeast Michigan and is exploring additional locations in the Detroit metropolitan area.

July 27, 2011

Generic drug maker Perrigo has closed its purchase of Paddock Labs, the company said Tuesday.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Generic drug maker Perrigo has closed its purchase of Paddock Labs, the company said Tuesday.

Perrigo acquired privately owned Paddock, a manufacturer of generic prescription and over-the-counter drugs based in Minneapolis, for $540 million.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Paddock team to the Perrigo family,” Perrigo chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said. “This acquisition is another important step forward in executing Perrigo’s strategy to expand our specialty portfolio of generic Rx products.”

July 26, 2011

Meijer announced that it is opening a new concept store in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park that will provide a tailored grocery offering and a broad variety of general merchandise.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced that it is opening a new concept store in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park that will provide a tailored grocery offering and a broad variety of general merchandise.

Called Meijer Marketplace, the new store will be 96,000 sq. ft., about half the size of Meijer's largest supercenters.

July 22, 2011

Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market a cinnamon-flavored, over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex gum USP in 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market a cinnamon-flavored, over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex gum USP in 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

The product will be marketed under store-brand labels and is comparable with GlaxoSmithKline's Nicorette Cinnamon Surge coated gum, a stop-smoking aid.

July 18, 2011

An e-cigarette brand announced that its disposable e-cigarettes now are available at H-E-B and Meijer stores.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An e-cigarette brand announced that its disposable e-cigarettes now are available at H-E-B and Meijer stores.

The company said that this marks Blu Cigs' transition from online sales to retail by being sold in all of H-E-B's 329 stores across Texas and Mexico, as well as Meijer's 196 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Each disposable e-cigarette equals about 20 to 30 traditional cigarettes, the company said.

July 18, 2011

In an effort to spread awareness about the abundance of food products made in Michigan, and to help stimulate the state's economy, Michigan-based Spartan Stores announced that it has kicked off its expanded "Michigan's Best" campaign in its 97 D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare, Glen's Markets and VG's, as well as 250 independent grocery stores.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In an effort to spread awareness about the abundance of food products made in Michigan, and to help stimulate the state's economy, Michigan-based Spartan Stores announced that it has kicked off its expanded "Michigan's Best" campaign in its 97 D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare, Glen's Markets and VG's, as well as 250 independent grocery stores.

According to the company, more than 3,000 Michigan-made products will carry the eye-catching Michigan's Best label to help consumers quickly identify Michigan-made products.

July 15, 2011

Prestige Imports recently announced the upcoming launch of a Penthouse-branded libido and sexual wellness supplement in shot format: Per4mance Shots by Penthouse for men and Pleasure Shots by Penthouse for women.

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — Prestige Imports recently announced the upcoming launch of a Penthouse-branded libido and sexual wellness supplement in shot format: Per4mance Shots by Penthouse for men and Pleasure Shots by Penthouse for women. 

July 12, 2011

Despite the common perception that kids are always reluctant to eat their greens, a new survey by Midwest retailer Meijer found that almost 6-in-10 adults don’t think they’re eating enough fruits and vegetables, while kids seem to be eating enough.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Is this the nutritional Twilight Zone?

Despite the common perception that kids are always reluctant to eat their greens, a new survey by Midwest retailer Meijer found that almost 6-in-10 adults don’t think they’re eating enough fruits and vegetables, while kids seem to be eating enough.

July 11, 2011

The country’s largest privately owned specialty pharmacy provider recently got a visit from the U.S. secretary of labor.

FLINT, Mich. — The country’s largest privately owned specialty pharmacy provider recently got a visit from the U.S. secretary of labor.

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy announced last week that labor secretary Hilda Solis toured the company’s new headquarters at a former General Motors building in Flint, Mich.

“This is testimony of what people can do when they pull together,” Solis said, referring to Diplomat’s use of the building. “Flint, Mich., is on the map again.”

June 30, 2011

Just about everybody seems satisfied with Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy’s services, according to the company’s 2011 patient satisfaction survey.

FLINT, Mich. — Just about everybody seems satisfied with Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy’s services, according to the company’s 2011 patient satisfaction survey.

Diplomat mailed the survey to 1,545 customers in May, of whom 463 responded. Of those respondents, 90% said Diplomat exceeded their expectations; 98% said it met their expectations; and 99% said they were satisfied overall with the specialty pharmacy provider.

Diplomat president and CEO Phil Hagerman said the results affirmed the provider’s patient-focused model.

June 30, 2011

Marley's Mellow Mood is introducing a new low-calorie option to consumers in July.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Marley's Mellow Mood is introducing a new low-calorie option to consumers in July.

Marley's Mellow Mood Lite: Half Lemonade, Half Tea is sourced from such ingredients as chamomile, valerian root, lemon balm, hops, passionflower and melatonin. Each 8-oz. serving of the beverage is 40 calories, according to the company.

June 30, 2011

Perrigo on Wednesday announced that its closing date to complete the acquisition of Paddock Labs — a generic pharmaceutical and specialty over-the-counter products manufacturer — has been delayed by an extended Federal Trade Commission review.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Wednesday announced that its closing date to complete the acquisition of Paddock Labs — a generic pharmaceutical and specialty over-the-counter products manufacturer — has been delayed by an extended Federal Trade Commission review.

June 29, 2011

Meijer's free prenatal vitamins prescription program filled its 1 millionth prescription this week, the company announced Wednesday.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer's free prenatal vitamins prescription program filled its 1 millionth prescription this week, the company announced Wednesday.

The retailer said that its program, which launched in May 2008, has garnered nearly $14 million in savings to Midwest families. The Meijer free prenatal vitamins program offers such brands as TriAdvance, Trinatal GT, Trinatal Ultra, Vol-Nate, Vol-Plus and Vol-Tab, and enables any customer, regardless of insurance or copay, to have his or her prenatal prescription filled free of charge.

June 23, 2011

Americans still believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, although many find it difficult to eat breakfast due to hectic schedules, according to a survey sponsored by Kellogg's.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Americans still believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, although many find it difficult to eat breakfast due to hectic schedules, according to a survey sponsored by Kellogg's.

The survey, which consisted of more than 14,000 respondents across varying ethnicities, income levels, geographic regions and ages, found that while more than half (54%) of all adult respondents would like to eat breakfast every day, in reality only one-third (34%) actually do.

June 21, 2011

Keebler has introduced a new, wholesome sweet treat.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Keebler has introduced a wholesome sweet treat.

New Keebler granola fudge bars feature oats, rice, honey and real Keebler fudge, and are a good source of fiber and whole grains, the brand said.

Keebler granola fudge bars are available at retailers nationwide in the granola bar aisle for a suggested retail price of $3.09.