February 18, 2014

Actavis and Forest Labs. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire Forest for a combination of cash and equity valued at approximately $25 billion, or $89.48 per Forest share ($26.04 in cash and 0.3306 Actavis shares for each share of Forest common stock).

February 18, 2014

Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda and a self-proclaimed “student” of nature, died on Feb. 15 at his home in Osceola, Wis., after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

February 18, 2014

While flu activity declined slightly from the week prior, incidence of influenza-like illness rates remained above the national baseline for the week ended Feb. 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

February 18, 2014

Celestial Seasonings, a Hain Celestial Group brand, announced the introduction of its new line of organic and Fair Trade Certified Estate Teas.

February 18, 2014

Coty and Piaggio Group, a European manufacturer of two-wheel motor vehicles, have teamed up for an exclusive partnership to create, develop and distribute a signature duo of fragrances for men and women under the Vespa name.

February 18, 2014

Credit Suisse on Tuesday speculated that Safeway may be considering either a sale or acquisition.

February 18, 2014

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy on Monday announced that it has initiated a content partnership with the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy.

February 18, 2014

Roxane Labs on Tuesday announced the introduction of doxercalciferol capsules, available in strengths of 0.5-mcg, 1-mcg, and 2.5-mcg in 50-count bottles for immediate shipment to wholesalers and pharmacies across the nation.

February 18, 2014

In a blog post updated Friday, Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg addressed two challenges facing Indian drug manufacturers — approval times for abbreviated new drug applications and quality inspections.

February 18, 2014

Hy-Vee announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Amber Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy solutions provider based in Omaha, Neb.

February 18, 2014

McKesson and Rite Aid on Tuesday announced the signing of an expanded distribution agreement to include both brand and generic pharmaceuticals.

February 18, 2014

Novartis on Monday announced that it is broadening its cancer immunotherapy research program with the acquisition of CoStim Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge, Mass.-based, privately held biotechnology company focused on harnessing the immune system to eliminate immune-blocking signals from cancer.

February 18, 2014

Red Carpet Manicure has announced that it is expanding beyond the at-home LED gel polish category to enter the nail lacquer segment.


February 18, 2014

A study by researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center found that vitamin D as an add-on therapy could provide some relief for chronic hives, a condition with no cure and few treatment options.

February 18, 2014

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries announced that the Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval for its generic version of Temodar temozolomide capsules in 5-mg, 20-mg, 100-mg 140-mg, 180-mg and 250-mg form.

February 18, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Vimizim (elosulfase alfa), the first FDA-approved treatment for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IVA (Morquio A syndrome), which is a rare disease caused by a deficiency in N-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulfate sulfatase (GALNS).

February 18, 2014

With new advances in treatment therapy now available for hepatitis C patients, Walgreens announced it is expanding access to Walgreens Connected Care hepatitis C program through its more than 100 hepatitis C-specialized pharmacies.

February 14, 2014

Coty faced a challenging second quarter as revenues declined, partially due to U.S. market softness in the mass fragrance and nail categories. Despite the challenges, company executives expressed optimism during Friday morning’s conference call, and looks to return to top-line growth in the second half.

February 14, 2014

Overall online shopping rose 8% during the week before Valentine's Day compared with the same period in 2013. Growth was particularly strong in the categories of gifts (up 20%), apparel (up 17%) and health and beauty (up 15%), as well as department stores (34%) compared with the previous year.

February 14, 2014

Beauty brand Kao USA — whose portfolio includes Jergens, Curel and Biore — announced on Friday that it is separating from agency KBS+P.

February 14, 2014

Medbox, a provider of industry specific services and systems to the medical and retail industries, has announced two senior-level appointments.

February 14, 2014

4ThoughtProducts has announced the release of Pill Pod, a new safety device that serves as a "keyless" drug lock box for use in the home.

February 14, 2014

Global public health organization NSF International has launched the NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program to provide auditing, training, product testing, claim substantiation and certification services to enable manufacturers to improve the quality and safety of their products, and retailers to strengthen the oversight of their cosmetic and personal care suppliers, the organization announced on Friday.

February 14, 2014

Lawmakers in Florida are looking into ways to ease regulatory limitations for telemedicine in an effort to increase access to care and create “a fertile ground” for the technology to be used, according to a local report.