May 15, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical was denied in its suit to block approval of Mylan's and Sandoz' generic Copaxone, a multiple sclerosis, drug 10 days before the patent on the medication expires, according to a Bloomberg report published Thursday morning.

May 15, 2014

The results of two recent studies support the financial healthcare savings of using supplements.

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.

April 24, 2014

Inergetics on Wednesday announced it has entered into a letter of intent to purchase the assets of OmEssentials, a private company dedicated to the development of advanced nutritional formulations and progressive nutrition education supporting the yoga, wellness and health food industries.

April 23, 2014

Nutrition 21 on Tuesday announced that it has entered into a multi-year license agreement with Church & Dwight for the use of chromium picolinate in Church & Dwight’s dietary supplement products.

April 22, 2014

NBTY, a global manufacturer and distributor or vitamins and nutritional supplements, introduced Nature's Origin, the company's first complete line of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements.

April 22, 2014

A new health economic study shows potential healthcare savings of $12.7 billion per year if U.S. adults would increase their dietary fiber to about 25 grams, the minimum level recommended by health experts for adults.

April 21, 2014

Healthy snacks had tremendous growth in 2013.

April 21, 2014

Mylan on Friday announced that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has denied Teva's application for an injunction seeking to prevent Mylan's launch of a generic version of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection) pending the Supreme Court's decision on Teva's appeal.

April 21, 2014

Walgreens on Monday announced that it is now offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations, to support the nearly 60 million annual planned trips by U.S. residents venturing outside the country.

April 15, 2014

Unilever’s Caress brand has named Adriana Castro, designer, style trendsetter and founder of El Diario de la Moda, as its new Caress Fabulistas to help celebrate the launch of the new Caress Fresh Body Wash collection.

April 7, 2014

Rite Aid on Monday announced that David Abelman, a retail veteran with more than 25 years’ experience, is joining the company as SVP brand development and innovation. His appointment is effective immediately.

April 1, 2014

ThinSlim Foods, a specialty baker, is unveiling a new category of healthy baked goods, snacks and desserts. Consumers will be able to enjoy the products, which range from brownies to cheese pizza, with a guilt-free mentality, the company said.

March 26, 2014

Perrigo announced that its Nutritionals segment is partnering with KanPak to manufacture store brand adult nutritional drinks comparable to Ensure products.

March 21, 2014

Despite retailer advertising expenditures remaining relatively flat in 2013 as compared with a year ago, promotional activity through free-standing insert coupon promotion pages, digital coupon events and feature ad pages all registered double-digit increases last year, according to data released by Marx, a Kantar Media solution. 



March 18, 2014

A new study published in the March 18 journal Annals of Internal Medicine raises questions about current guidelines which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage consumption of polyunsaturated fats, or fish oils, to prevent heart disease.

March 18, 2014

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the National Institutes of Health and Mars, Inc. plan to partner on the largest research trial to date that will investigate the heart-health benefits of cocoa flavanols and multivitamins, the groups announced Monday.

March 17, 2014

An educational briefing, “Widespread Nutrient Shortfalls: A Public Health Crisis?” was held for Capitol Hill staffers Friday by the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry — the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance.

March 17, 2014

Sales of the U.S. OTC market in 2013 were up 3% to $23.5 billion at the manufacturer's level, according to a blog on research firm Kline's site posted Monday.

March 13, 2014

Kind Healthy Snacks announced the release of Strong & Kind, the brand's first snack line and movement bent on changing the way people view strength and kindness.

March 13, 2014

More Americans are more often seeking their ounce of prevention. According to Bain & Co.’s recent Healthy Living Survey, 75% of consumers are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Take that predominant mindset, coupled with the outcomes-driven preventive focus associated with the Affordable Care Act, and you have a formula for OTC success at retail pharmacy.

March 12, 2014

IRI announced on Wednesday the results of its 2013 New Product Pacesetters report, a benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year consumer packaged goods sales success for newly launched products.

March 12, 2014

The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to pass legislation that would require online and remote sellers to collect state and local sales taxes, telling a House committee that lawmakers should level the playing field between local retailers and out-of-state competitors.