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January 21, 2014

Par Pharmaceuticals Cos. on Tuesday announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire JHP Group Holdings, parent company of JHP Pharmaceuticals.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Par Pharmaceuticals Cos. on Tuesday announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire JHP Group Holdings, parent company of JHP Pharmaceuticals.

JHP is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets branded and generic sterile injectable products. It currently markets a portfolio of 14 specialty injectable products, such as Aplisol and Adrenalin.

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 17, 2014

Par Pharmaceutical on Thursday announced that it has entered into an exclusive U.S. supply and distribution agreement with Covis Pharma S.a.r.l. to distribute the authorized generic version of Covis's Lanoxin (digoxin) tablets.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Par Pharmaceutical on Thursday announced that it has entered into an exclusive U.S. supply and distribution agreement with Covis Pharma S.a.r.l. to distribute the authorized generic version of Covis's Lanoxin (digoxin) tablets. 

According to IMS Health data, annual U.S. sales of digoxin tablets are approximately $44 million. 

January 16, 2014

Unilever’s Dove Hair is celebrating the launch of its new Dove Advanced Hair Series collection with a three-day salon event at the film festival in Park City, Utah.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Dove Hair is celebrating the launch of its new Dove Advanced Hair Series collection with a three-day salon event at the film festival in Park City, Utah.

January 16, 2014

Merck on Wednesday commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee’s recommendation for approval of vorapaxar.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck on Wednesday commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee’s recommendation for approval of vorapaxar. Vorapaxar is the company’s investigational antiplatelet medicine for the reduction of atherothrombotic events, when added to standard of care, in patients with a history of heart attack and no history of stroke or transient ischemic attack.

January 15, 2014

A new drug for autoimmune diseases from Antares Pharma that the company calls the first of its kind is now available, the drug maker said Wednesday.

EWING, N.J. — A new drug for autoimmune diseases from Antares Pharma that the company calls the first of its kind is now available, the drug maker said Wednesday.

Antares announced the availability of Otrexup for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis in adults and polyarticular idiopathic arthritis in children. The company said the drug is the first Food and Drug Administration-approved subcutaneous methotrexate product for once-weekly self-administration. Otrexup, which the FDA approved in October, is available with a single-dose auto injector.

January 15, 2014

Unilever’s Axe brand has unveiled Axe Peace, both a new line of products and a campaign designed to bring young people together to affect change with a single act: a kiss.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Axe brand has unveiled Axe Peace, both a new line of products and a campaign designed to bring young people together to affect change with a single act: a kiss.

January 14, 2014

Unilever’s Degree Women, which is an official sponsor of the 56th Grammy Awards, is teaming up with music artist Ciara to chronicle her journey toward fine-tuning and perfecting her after-party performance for the music industry’s biggest event of the year.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Degree Women, which is an official sponsor of the 56th Grammy Awards, is teaming up with music artist Ciara to chronicle her journey toward fine-tuning and perfecting her after-party performance for the music industry’s biggest event of the year.

January 13, 2014

Supermarket chain A&P, which emerged from bankruptcy in March 2012, has confirmed the departure of president and CEO Sam Martin.

MONTVALE, N.J. — Supermarket chain A&P, which emerged from bankruptcy in March 2012, has confirmed the departure of president and CEO Sam Martin.

“We all thank Sam for his time at A&P and wish him well in his future endeavors. The company has made tremendous headway since Greg Mays was installed as executive chairman over 14 months ago, and Mr. Mays will continue to serve as executive chairman,” the company said in a statement sent to Drug Store News.

January 13, 2014

Merck on Monday reported on its intent to explore strategic options for its animal health and consumer care businesses.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck on Monday reported on its intent to explore strategic options for its animal health and consumer care businesses. The company expects to complete the process and take action, if any, in 2014. 

Exploring strategic options for its animal health and consumer care businesses to determine the most value-creating option for each and could reach different decisions about the two businesses, Merck stated. 

January 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administraiton has approved a liquid formulation of an HIV drug made by Merck, the company said.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administraiton has approved a liquid formulation of an HIV drug made by Merck, the company said.

Merck announced the approval of Isentress (raltegravir) for oral suspension, aimed at small children with HIV. The drug may be used by patients as young as four weeks, and the full line of formulations of Isentress now includes the orlal suspension, as well as chewable tablets and film--coated tablets. The company plans to launch the oral suspension in the third quarter of this year.

January 9, 2014

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has appointed Rochelle Fuhrmann as CFO, the generic drug maker said Thursday.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has appointed Rochelle Fuhrmann as CFO, the generic drug maker said Thursday.

Fuhrmann was formerly SVP finance at Warner Chilcott, where she was responsible for the oversight and direction of the finance and accounting functions, including corporate accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, risk management, internal audit and investor relations. She began working at Warner Chilcott in June 2006 and was promoted to SVP in January 2011.

January 9, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline is offering a new online campaign under the Alli brand to support healthy weight-loss resolutions, the company said Thursday.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline is offering a new online campaign under the Alli brand to support healthy weight-loss resolutions, the company said Thursday.

January 9, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline recently tapped Emmy-nominated choreographer, “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas to headline the company’s Blueprint to Quit smoking-cessation program.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline recently tapped Emmy-nominated choreographer, “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas to headline the company’s Blueprint to Quit smoking-cessation program. The star has been smoke-free for more than six months thanks to the comprehensive, two-part quit-smoking Blueprint to Quit resource available exclusively at Walmart.

January 9, 2014

Food and beverage manufacturers in the United States exceeded the goal to remove calories from their products by 400%, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Food and beverage manufacturers in the United States exceeded the goal to remove calories from their products by 400%, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

January 8, 2014

Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a once-daily tablet to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and treatment of other conditions.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a once-daily tablet to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and treatment of other conditions.

Daiichi Sankyo announced the submission of a new drug application for Savaysa (edoxaban). The company also is hoping to get the FDA's approval for the pill as a treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, as well as preventing the recurrence of symptomatic venous thromboembolism.

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 6, 2014

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of a recently launched drug for gastroesophageal reflux disease, the company said.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of a recently launched drug for gastroesophageal reflux disease, the company said Monday.

January 6, 2014

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

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

January 6, 2014

Nail care brand Nicole by OPI and Dove Dark Chocolate are ringing in the New Year with the launch of the "Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes."

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Nail care brand Nicole by OPI and Dove Dark Chocolate are ringing in the New Year with the launch of the "Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes." 

The Facebook-based promotion will randomly award 25,000 entrants with two exclusive Nicole by OPI nail lacquer shades inspired by Dove Dark Chocolate: "Better After Dark" and "Promises in the Dark."

January 2, 2014

Drug maker Eisai will make a new epilepsy drug available in the United States starting on Monday, the company said.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Drug maker Eisai will make a new epilepsy drug available in the United States starting on Monday, the company said Thursday.

December 30, 2013

Drug maker Merck is starting a new business designed to provide weight-management intervention services to employers, patients and healthcare professionals, the company said.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Drug maker Merck is starting a new business designed to provide weight-management intervention services to employers, patients and healthcare professionals, the company said.

December 26, 2013

Thanks in part to the launch of Alka-Seltzer Fruit Chews, the Alka-Seltzer brand has experienced a resurgence within the antacid tablet category.

WHIPPANY, N.J. — Thanks in part to the launch of Alka-Seltzer Fruit Chews, the Alka-Seltzer brand has experienced a resurgence within the antacid tablet category. Brand sales are up 422.4% to $7.2 million for the 52 weeks ended Oct. 6, according to IRI data across total U.S. multi-outlets.

December 26, 2013

Mars will launch a new M&M flavor in May, M&M’s Brand Birthday Cake Chocolate Candies.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars will launch a new M&M flavor in May, M&M’s Brand Birthday Cake Chocolate Candies. The flavor “symbolizes family celebrations, so we think it’s a great fit with our M&M’s brand,” said Larry Lupo, Mars Chocolate North America’s VP sales for convenience and drug channels. The milk chocolate infused with birthday cake flavored candies will be available in a 1.4-oz. single pack for $1.09 and an 8-oz. stand-up-pouch for $2.99.

December 26, 2013

Actavis last year gained approval for its Next Choice, a generic version of Teva Women’s Health’s Plan B One-Step, that now sits on top in emergency contraceptive sales.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Actavis last year gained approval for its Next Choice, a generic version of Teva Women’s Health’s Plan B One-Step, that now sits on top in emergency contraceptive sales. For the 52 weeks ended Oct. 6, Next Choice generated $115.2 million fueled by 20.2% growth. Plan B One-Step is ranked No. 2 with $96.4 million in sales, down 10.7%. Earlier this year, the FDA increased access to emergency contraceptives by no longer requiring that they be placed behind the pharmacy counter.