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November 21, 2011

A hand and respiratory hygiene program including frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer helped reduce illness caused by influenza A, and reduced the number of missed school days in elementary school children, according to a study in the November issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

PHILADELPHIA — A hand and respiratory hygiene program including frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer helped reduce illness caused by influenza A, and reduced the number of missed school days in elementary school children, according to a study in the November issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

November 16, 2011

Discount grocer Bottom Dollar Food is hiring more than 800 associates over the next several months to begin to prepare for store openings next year, the company announced Wednesday.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Discount grocer Bottom Dollar Food is hiring more than 800 associates over the next several months to begin to prepare for store openings next year, the company announced Wednesday.

"We look forward to expanding in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, next year, and bringing new jobs to these areas," stated Bottom Dollar Food president Meg Ham. Bottom Dollar Food is expected to open 14 stores in early 2012. 

November 16, 2011

Giant Eagle has named Laura Shapira Karet CEO and John Lucot president and COO. Both appointments are effective Jan. 9, 2012.

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle has named Laura Shapira Karet CEO and John Lucot president and COO. Both appointments are effective Jan. 9, 2012.

Karet, 42, is taking over the position from her father David Shapira, who will assume the position of executive chairman of Giant Eagle's board of directors. Shapira has served as CEO since 1980.

November 9, 2011

Generic drug maker Mylan has bought rights to a drug delivery platform made by Pfizer that will allow it to make generic versions of two GlaxoSmithKline respiratory drugs, Mylan said Wednesday.

PITTSBURGH — Generic drug maker Mylan has bought rights to a drug delivery platform made by Pfizer that will allow it to make generic versions of two GlaxoSmithKline respiratory drugs, Mylan said Wednesday.

October 27, 2011

Mylan has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug designed to treat moderate to severe pain.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug designed to treat moderate to severe pain.

Mylan said its abbreviated new drug application for morphine sulfate extended-release tablets in the 15-mg, 30-mg, 60-mg, 100-mg and 200-mg strengths was approved by the FDA. The opioid analgesic is a generic version of Purdue Pharma's MS Contin. Mylan said it is launching the product immediately.

Morphine sulfate ER tablets had U.S. sales of approximately $173 million for the 12 months ended in June, according to IMS Health.

October 26, 2011

Generic drug maker Mylan's board of directors has approved a new management structure for the company, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

PITTSBURGH — Generic drug maker Mylan's board of directors has approved a new management structure for the company, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Mylan's board approved the transition of current chairman and CEO Robert Coury to the new role of executive board chairman. With this, Mylan president Heather Bresch will become CEO and directly report to the company's board.

October 25, 2011

StarKist has introduced a new line of canned tuna that is aimed at Hispanic consumers.

PITTSBURGH — StarKist has introduced a new line of canned tuna that is aimed at Hispanic consumers.

StarKist's new Autentico line includes StarKist tuna blended with spices and/or vegetables. The line includes Autentico chunk light tuna in oil with vegetables, Autentico sweet and spicy chunk light tuna in oil with peppers and Autentico chunk light tuna with jalapeños.

StarKist Autentico tuna products retail for about $1.69 per can.

October 19, 2011

Generic drug maker Mylan has settled with Warner Chilcott in a case concerning an oral contraceptive.

PITTSBURGH — Generic drug maker Mylan has settled with Warner Chilcott in a case concerning an oral contraceptive.

Mylan said Wednesday that it and Famy Care had entered into an agreement with Warner Chilcott resolving a lawsuit over Femcon Fe (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol chewable tablets, ferrous fumarate tablets).

October 19, 2011

Mylan's India-based subsidiary is changing its name, Mylan said Wednesday.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan's India-based subsidiary is changing its name, Mylan said Wednesday.

The generic drug maker announced that Matrix Labs, based in Hyderabad, India, had formally changed its name to Mylan Labs.

"We are pleased to complete the name change from Matrix to a Mylan company and are excited to operate in India under one powerful brand," Mylan chairman and CEO Robert Coury said.

Mylan acquired Matrix in 2006.

October 10, 2011

Mylan co-founder and former chairman and CEO Milan "Mike" Puskar died Saturday, the generic drug maker said. Puskar, who retired from Mylan as chairman in 2009, was 77.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan co-founder and former chairman and CEO Milan "Mike" Puskar died Saturday, the generic drug maker said. Puskar, who retired from Mylan as chairman in 2009, was 77.

September 30, 2011

Giant Eagle this past week introduced the NuVal nutritional scoring system throughout locations in Columbus, Ohio, and Frederick, Md.

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle this past week introduced the NuVal nutritional scoring system throughout locations in Columbus, Ohio, and Frederick, Md.

Intended to help customers make quick, informed food choices, the NuVal nutritional scoring system gives more than 20,000 food and beverages a score ranging from 1 to 100 — the higher the score, the better the nutrition. Scores are posted right on the shelf tag, along with nutritional attributes like “gluten free” and “good source of fiber.”

September 28, 2011

GNC Holdings on Wednesday announced that Jenn Brown, two-time Emmy Award-winning sports journalist, has joined the GNC LiveWell team as its newest brand ambassador.

PITTSBURGH — GNC Holdings on Wednesday announced that Jenn Brown, two-time Emmy Award-winning sports journalist, has joined the GNC LiveWell team as its newest brand ambassador.

September 22, 2011

A report commissioned by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association has drawn applause from manufacturers and a retail pharmacy industry group.

PITTSBURGH — A report commissioned by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association has drawn applause from manufacturers and a retail pharmacy industry group.

Generic drug maker Mylan, a member of the GPhA, praised the report, conducted by market research firm IMS Health, showing that the use of generic prescription drugs saved consumers, patients and healthcare providers more than $931 billion over the last decade.

September 21, 2011

Generic drug maker Mylan has entered an agreement with Hoffmann La Roche concerning its version of an oral chemotherapy drug.

PITTSBURGH — Generic drug maker Mylan has entered an agreement with Hoffmann La Roche concerning its version of an oral chemotherapy drug.

Mylan announced Wednesday that it had entered a settlement and license agreement with Hoffmann La Roche resolving a patent infringement lawsuit over Xeloda (capecitabine) tablets, a drug used to treat breast and colorectal cancers that have spread to other parts of the body.

September 13, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline's Consumer Healthcare division has appointed a former Kraft Foods executive as its new chief customer officer.

PITTSBURGH — GlaxoSmithKline's Consumer Healthcare division has appointed a former Kraft Foods executive as its new chief customer officer.

In his new role, Keith Loranger will be responsible for leading the GSK Consumer Healthcare’s sales function to increase sales and profit for the company’s oral health and wellness categories, including such brands as Aquafresh, NicoDerm CQ and Tums, among others. Prior to joining the company, Loranger served as Kraft Foods' customer VP international strategy after joining the company in 1985.

September 9, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug made by Mylan for treating allergies.

PITTSBURGH — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug made by Mylan for treating allergies.

Mylan announced Friday the approval of promethazine hydrochloride tablets in the 12.5-mg, 25-mg and 50-mg strengths.

Promethazine hydrochloride tablets, which are manufactured by several companies, had sales of about $42 million during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health.

September 7, 2011

GNC on Monday announced that it again is partnering with the Western Pennsylvania Committee of the Wounded Warrior Project as lead sponsor of its annual golf outing to be held Sept. 19 at the Diamond Run Golf Club in Sewickley, Pa.

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Monday announced that it again is partnering with the Western Pennsylvania Committee of the Wounded Warrior Project as lead sponsor of its annual golf outing to be held Sept. 19 at the Diamond Run Golf Club in Sewickley, Pa.

The charity event is designed to raise public awareness and funding for severely wounded servicemen and women to help them recover and transition back to civilian life. To date, GNC has helped raise more than $340,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project to support its programs and services.

September 1, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday announced that 25-year veteran Clark Brown, VP sales at GSK Consumer Healthcare, will be leaving the organization effective Sept. 2.

PITTSBURGH — GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday announced that 25-year veteran Clark Brown, VP sales at GSK Consumer Healthcare, will be leaving the organization effective Sept. 2.

“Clark has been a valuable team member throughout his many years with GSK, and his passion and effective leadership of the U.S. consumer sales team has been critical to the success of our business,” stated Colin Mackenzie, president GSK Consumer Healthcare North America.

August 31, 2011

NuGo Nutrition on Wednesday announced the launch of its diabetic-friendly meal-replacement bar product line called NuGo Slim.

PITTSBURGH — NuGo Nutrition on Wednesday announced the launch of its diabetic-friendly meal-replacement bar product line called NuGo Slim. The line is being billed as the first almost sugar-free high-protein bar made without maltitol, an artificial sweetener. The 2 g of sweet goodness comes naturally from real dark chocolate, the company stated.

The NuGo Slim bars contain 15 g of protein and have 180 calories and 2.5 g of saturated fat. Chicory root, a natural dietary fiber, adds 9 g of fiber and naturally sweetens the body of the bar.

August 24, 2011

Specialty retailer GNC on Tuesday announced it has agreed to acquire LuckyVitamin.com, an online discount retailer of branded nutritional supplements.

PITTSBURGH — Specialty retailer GNC on Tuesday announced it has agreed to acquire LuckyVitamin.com, an online discount retailer of branded nutritional supplements.

The acquisition is being funded with cash on hand, and is expected to close within 30 days, subject to customary closing conditions, GNC stated.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

August 22, 2011

GNC on Monday named Nora Tobin — competitive beach volleyball athlete, National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified professional trainer, yoga instructor and upcoming author — to the specialty retailer's GNC LiveWell team as its newest brand ambassador.

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Monday named Nora Tobin — competitive beach volleyball athlete, National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified professional trainer, yoga instructor and upcoming author — to the specialty retailer's GNC LiveWell team as its newest brand ambassador.

August 17, 2011

Mylan announced Wednesday that it filed with the Food and Drug Administration for approval of a generic version of a drug for migraine headaches made by Endo Pharmaceuticals.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan announced Wednesday that it filed with the Food and Drug Administration for approval of a generic version of a drug for migraine headaches made by Endo Pharmaceuticals.

Mylan said it was the first to file for approval of a generic version of Frova (frovatriptan succinate EQ) tablets in the 2.5-mg strength. In response, Endo has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Mylan in response to the filing.

Frova had sales of $68.2 million during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health.

August 12, 2011

Generic drug maker Mylan has begun shipping a drug for enlarged prostate, the company said Friday.

PITTSBURGH — Generic drug maker Mylan has begun shipping a drug for enlarged prostate, the company said Friday.

Mylan announced the launch of alfuzosin hydrochloride extended-release tablets in the 10-mg strength.

The drug is a generic version of Sanofi's Uroxatral, which had sales of about $241 million during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health.

August 9, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare on Monday named John Graham chief marketing officer for Consumer Healthcare, North America.

PITTSBURGH — GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare on Monday named John Graham chief marketing officer for Consumer Healthcare, North America.

August 8, 2011

Giant Eagle is preparing to open its first in-store clinic in Pennsylvania, according to a report published by the Pittsburgh Business Times on Friday.

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle is preparing to open its first in-store clinic in Pennsylvania, according to a report published by the Pittsburgh Business Times on Friday.

The clinic, Healthy Directions, is part of an existing program offered in cooperation with Monongahela Valley Hospital that will relocate to Giant Eagle. The clinic will offer physicals, immunizations and patient education programs on such topics as diabetes, cancer and orthopedics, according to the report.