May 12, 2014

Bayer HealthCare on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved the company's new indication for Bayer's Kogenate FS antihemophilic factor VIII (recombinant) for routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults with hemophilia A.

May 9, 2014

Bayer agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion. The OTC acquisition will give Bayer the global No. 2 position in nonprescription products following recently announced consolidations in this growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck's consumer care business includes such leading brands as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to $7.4 billion with Merck’s business contributing approximately $2.2 billion.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Bayer is expected to achieve global leadership positions in dermatology and gastrointestinals and advance to the No. 2 position in the cold, allergy, sinus and flu category. Bayer will remain No. 2 in nutritionals and No. 3 in analgesics. Overall, the proposed GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis combination represents the largest consumer health business with about 5.7% share, according to reports. The Bayer/Merck combination comes in second with around 4.5% share. McNeil Consumer rounds out the top three globally with a share just above 4%.

May 6, 2014

Bayer on Tuesday agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion.

May 6, 2014

In a related transaction to Tuesday morning's acquisition of Merck's OTC portfolio, Bayer also agreed to enter into a strategic pharma collaboration in the area of cardiovascular diseases with a focus on sGC modulation.

May 2, 2014

Bayer is negotiating for Merck's consumer health business in a deal worth $14 billion, according to a Bloomberg report published Friday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

April 23, 2014

Bayer HealthCare on Tuesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Orphan Products Development has granted orphan drug designation for Bayer's investigational Ciprofloxacin Dry Powder for Inhalation (Ciprofloxacin DPI) for the treatment of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis.

April 11, 2014

Ian Read, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, was elected chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America at the trade association’s annual meeting.

March 26, 2014

The March/April 2014 Allergy Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Children's Claritin Chewable, Children's Allegra Allergy meltable tablets, Children's Benadryl Allergy Liquid, Nasacort Allergy 24HR, Mucinex Allergy, Hyland's 4 Kids Complete Allergy and Similasan Kids Allergy Eye Relief.

March 13, 2014

Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division on Wednesday launched eight flea and tick treatments and control solutions, which are to be sold at pet specialty retail stores.

February 13, 2014

After meeting for two days earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration's Arthritis Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee voted 16-9 against changing the label of naproxen to highlight a lower cardiovascular risk profile as compared to other NSAIDs, according to published reports.

February 7, 2014

The January/February 2014 Vitamins and Supplements Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Vitamints Immune, Centrum Specialist Immune Support, Alive! Children's Multi-Vitamin Gummy, Natrol's Melatonin, VitaMelts Multi, TruBiotics, Align and Culturelle Digestive Health Capsules.

January 29, 2014

A pair of Food and Drug Administration advisory committees will be meeting Feb. 10 to talk about heart risks associated with use of NSAIDs and whether or not Bayer's Aleve (naproxen) carries a lower risk profile than other NSAIDs

January 20, 2014

Bayer's Advantage Multi for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin) received Food and Drug Administration approval as the first-ever treatment for circulating microfilaria in heartworm-positive dogs.

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.

November 26, 2013

German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer plans to buy Norwegian drug maker Algeta for $2.4 billion, Algeta confirmed Tuesday.

November 25, 2013

The November/December 2013 Cough, Cold and Flu Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Robitussin Maximum Strength, NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu, Theraflu Warming Caplets, Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu, Tylenol Cold & Flu Severe, Hyland's Defend Severe Cold & Flu, Similasan Mucus Relief and Splintek Night Guard.

November 22, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals for treating thyroid cancer, the agency said Friday.

November 8, 2013

Bayer’s Contour Next EZ has captured $5.9 million in sales in a little more than one year on shelf, according to IRI.

October 21, 2013

Bayer HealthCare last week moved into its new U.S. headquarters on a 94-acre campus in Whippany, N.J., consolidating Bayer HealthCare's operations that previously operated from Morristown, Montville and Wayne, N.J., and Tarrytown, N.Y., into one location.

October 10, 2013

Many of the larger probiotic brands are experiencing significant growth. i-Health’s Culturelle generated $61.6 million in sales on a growth rate of 44.5% for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 11, according to IRI data across U.S. multi-outlets. And sales of Bayer’s Phillips Colon Health were up 18.5% to $58.7 million.

September 25, 2013

The September/October 2013 Digestive Aids Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Tums Chewy Delights, Alka Seltzer Fruit Chews, Maximum Strength Zantac 150 Cool Mint, Maximum Strength Pepcid AC, Prilosec OTC (Wildberry Flavor), Prevacid 24 Hour, Zegerid OTC and Gas-X.

September 25, 2013

The board of directors of the World Self-Medication Industry on Wednesday named as its chair-elect Erica Mann, member of the Bayer HealthCare executive committee and president of Bayer HealthCare’s Global Consumer Care division.

August 8, 2013

Martha Stewart, who is launching her own line of supplements at NACDS Total Store Expo, couched the aging of America as a "silver tsunami" that will have older Americans streaming toward all things health and wellness.

July 18, 2013

The July/August 2013 Pain Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Tylenol 8 Hour, Advil Liqui-Gels, Aleve Liquid Gels, Bayer Aspirin Plus, Excedrin Extra Strength, Hyland's Leg Cramps, BenGay Pain Relief and Massage, and Salonpas Pain Relief Patch.