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December 8, 2010

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has recommended approval for an investigational diet pill.

SAN DIEGO — A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has recommended approval for an investigational diet pill.

Orexigen Therapeutics and Takeda Pharmaceutical announced Tuesday that the FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 13-7 that clinical trial data demonstrated that the benefits of the drug Contrave (naltrexone and bupropion) outweighed its risk and supported approval. The committee also voted 11-8 to recommend a study to examine Contrave’s effect on risk for cardiac disease.

December 7, 2010

As retail distribution for GreatCall's Jitterbug J cell phones expands, the company has placed a stronger emphasis on its health-and-wellness apps for the Jitterbug handsets.

SAN DIEGO — As retail distribution for GreatCall's Jitterbug J cell phones expands, the company has placed a stronger emphasis on its health-and-wellness apps for the Jitterbug handsets.

December 7, 2010

Plackers, a maker of disposable dental flossers, has expanded its line of oral care products with Brush and Learn by Plackers Kids, a series of musical toothbrushes for children.

SAN DIEGO — Plackers, a maker of disposable dental flossers, has expanded its line of oral care products with Brush and Learn by Plackers Kids, a series of musical toothbrushes for children.

Utilizing original melodies and upbeat, catchy lyrics, each toothbrush plays an entertaining, educational song that is designed to encourage healthy dental care habits by making brushing fun. Parents can choose from four Brush and Learn toothbrushes with songs that help teach children their ABCs, 123s, farm animal sounds and proper teeth-brushing techniques.

November 16, 2010

The maker of Joose flavored malt beverages has filed a lawsuit against one of the...

SAN DIEGO — The maker of Joose flavored malt beverages has filed a lawsuit against one of the nation's most popular brewing companies, citing infringement and unfair competition.

November 15, 2010

A leading charitable funder of and advocate for Type 1 diabetes research and a drug...

NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO — A leading charitable funder of and advocate for Type 1 diabetes research and a drug maker have entered into a research collaboration agreement to provide financial support for a clinical proof-of-concept study to investigate the effects of an analog of the human hormone leptin in patients with Type 1 diabetes.

November 15, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation to a drug for treating...

SAN DIEGO — The Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation to a drug for treating sickle cell disease.

 

November 8, 2010

Two drug makers conducting a late-stage clinical trial of a drug for treating overweight and...

SAN DIEGO Two drug makers conducting a late-stage clinical trial of a drug for treating overweight and obese patients said the drug produced significant weight loss in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

 

Arena Pharmaceuticals and Eisai reported results of the one-year “BLOOM-DM” phase-3 trial of the drug lorcaserin, showing that a significant number of patients lost 5% to 10% of their weight by the end of the trial. Patients taking the drug also showed improvements in blood sugar levels, compared with those taking placebo.

 

November 8, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed with Brickfish to launch a social...

SAN DIEGO The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed with Brickfish to launch a social awareness program around the importance of getting the flu vaccine for the 2010-2011 flu season, Brickfish announced Tuesday.

 

The program, “The Flu Ends With U,” asks consumers for their help in creating public service announcements to assist in getting the word out via online and social media.

 

 

November 7, 2010

The developer of a wireless mobile application designed to help manage diabetes announced that its...

SAN DIEGO The developer of a wireless mobile application designed to help manage diabetes announced that its program, which is downloaded every 29 seconds worldwide, is teaming up with a mobile phone manufacturer.

October 24, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration declined to approve a regulatory approval application from Arena Pharmaceuticals...

SAN DIEGO The Food and Drug Administration declined to approve a regulatory approval application from Arena Pharmaceuticals and Eisai for a drug to treat obesity, the two companies said Saturday.

 

The FDA issued a complete response letter for the drug lorcaserin, designed for weight management and weight loss in patients who are overweight or obese and have at least one co-morbid condition. The FDA issues a complete response letter when it finishes reviewing an approval application, but issues remain that preclude final approval.

 

October 18, 2010

Avid "Star Wars" fans and game enthusiasts rejoice: "Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport"...

SAN DIEGO and SAN FRANCISCO Avid "Star Wars" fans and game enthusiasts rejoice: "Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport" has hit retail.

The "Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport" package includes a 90-day premium Jedi membership, 500 Station Cash, the exclusive Togruta playable character species, a Yoda bobblehead monitor topper, additional digital content and more.

October 10, 2010

Humanity has come a long way since the days when people thought sickness came from...

October 10, 2010

If the retail industry’s premier pharmacy gathering gave any clear signal about the state of...

October 10, 2010

Bionime this summer received the parent-tested, parent-approved seal of approval from PTPA Media, a designation...

September 27, 2010

Plackers oral care brand has partnered with Oral Health America on the Fall for Smiles...

SAN DIEGO Plackers oral care brand has partnered with Oral Health America on the Fall for Smiles program to help promote oral health awareness nationwide.

Fall for Smiles is an annual awareness-building campaign that encourages families to talk about oral health and include regular brushing and flossing in their back-to-school routines. Oral Health America is an independent organization dedicated to eliminating oral disease through access, education and advocacy.

September 26, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores tapped wholesale and pharmaceutical industry veteran Joe Conda...

September 26, 2010

Winc Design is launching its Charlie Banana brand of environmentally friendly cloth diapers and baby...

Like a freighter in the Atlantic Ocean during hurricane season, anyone with a stake in the generic drug industry will encounter smooth and bumpy sailing alike over the next few years, according to a recent presentation by an industry expert.

September 26, 2010

If ever there was a time for retail pharmacists to assert their role and ride...

September 22, 2010

Fresh & Easy is promoting its new line of products aimed at childhood nutrition....

SAN DIEGO Fresh & Easy is promoting its new line of products aimed at childhood nutrition.

The line, fresh&easy Goodness, is made using such wholesome, natural foods as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as other foods that are good sources of vitamins and minerals. Fresh&easy Goodness products also contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, no added trans fats and no high-fructose corn syrup.

September 16, 2010

An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration has given a thumbs-down to a...

SAN DIEGO An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration has given a thumbs-down to a drug for treating obesity.

 

Eisai and Arena Pharmaceuticals said Thursday that the FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 9-5 to recommend against approval of the drug lorcaserin, saying clinical trial data did not adequately show that its benefits would outweigh its risks.

 

 

September 12, 2010

A certain literary hero of mine might have called it “Fear and Loathing in San...

A certain literary hero of mine might have called it “Fear and Loathing in San Diego.” Stranded at the airport bar for the better part of nine hours while JetBlue drove down a new part from Los Angeles International Airport for our plane’s public address system—without which Flight 188 to New York’s John F.

September 8, 2010

Three-in-10 Americans recently surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute said they would use their cell...

SAN DIEGO Three-in-10 Americans recently surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute said they would use their cell or smart phone to track and monitor their personal health, and 40% would be willing to pay for a remote monitoring device that sends health information directly to their doctor.

September 6, 2010

Drug maker Somaxon Pharmaceuticals has made its treatment for insomnia available by prescription, the company...

SAN DIEGO Drug maker Somaxon Pharmaceuticals has made its treatment for insomnia available by prescription, the company said Tuesday.

 

Somaxon announced the availability of Silenor (doxepin), which received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in March as a treatment for insomnia characterized by difficulty with sleep maintenance.

 

 

August 31, 2010

Improving medication adherence will require bringing multiple methods together in order to be successful, Pharmacy...

SAN DIEGO Improving medication adherence will require bringing multiple methods together in order to be successful, Pharmacy Quality Alliance senior director for research and performance measurement David Nau said Tuesday in an education session at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference in San Diego.

 

“You need to have a multifaceted strategy around adherence if you want to have an impact on adherence,” Nau said.

 

 

August 31, 2010

The charitable arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores received contributions from several...