July 31, 2014

Scotch announced the release of the Instant Power Drain Snake Hair Clog Remover Tool, a chemical-free alternative to unclog drains.

June 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Tuesday enacted biosimilars legislation updating Massachusetts’s pharmacy law and paving the way for the substitution of biosimilars deemed "interchangeable" by the Food and Drug Administration.

June 23, 2014

The National Advertising Division last week determined that Westport Pharmaceuticals, maker of Zephrex-D nasal decongestant tablets, can support the claims challenged before NAD by Acura Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Nexafed, a competing product.

June 4, 2014

Raid, a pest control brand from SC Johnson, is introducing Raid Defense System. The system provides a regimen of solutions and non-chemical tips that, when used together, control and prevent home-invading bugs.

June 3, 2014

Asana BioSciences, a research and development company specializing in the discovery and development of new chemical and biological entities, on Tuesday announced that it has acquired an early stage branded pharmaceutical discovery platform from Endo Pharmaceuticals.

May 15, 2014

Similasan showcases a family of products that address the niche need state of eye relief.

April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the OTC category.

March 3, 2014

Skin care company derma e has introduced its first sun care products — Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion and Body Lotion.

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 12, 2014

Natural personal care brand Kiss My Face has developed a new range of sun care products that use antioxidant defenders vitamin C and E, green tea, goji berry extract, olive oil, shea butter and aloe to provide a hydrating defense against the sun’s damaging rays.

January 13, 2014

Rite Aid's philanthropic arm will donate water for areas of West Virginia affected by a recent chemical spill, the retail pharmacy chain said Saturday.

January 8, 2014

Hair care manufacturer Creme of Nature has announced that it is launching Straight from Eden, a new relaxer system that utilizes a straightening creme that is 100% derived from plants to make chemical straightening gentler on hair for better management with less dryness, damage and hair breakage.

November 26, 2013

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

November 20, 2013

Through mid-November, a national registry of over-the-counter drugs considered chemical precursors to methamphetamine prevented more than 16,700 boxes of the drugs from being sold illegally.

November 19, 2013

SILVER SPRING, Md. — At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent, the agency announced Monday.

“This company has a responsibility to ensure its products are safe for distribution and human consumption,” stated Melinda Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We have taken action to protect consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their safety by keeping these products from entering the distribution system.”

The retail value of the seized products is more than $2 million, the agency estimated.

A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleged that the products were adulterated according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain DMAA, an unapproved food additive that is deemed unsafe under the law.

The FDA is urging consumers not to buy or use supplements containing DMAA, which can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine. Consumers should check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The FDA has warned consumers about the health risks of DMAA on its web site.

On Nov. 12, 2013, U.S. Marshals seized more than 1,500 cases of finished goods and more than 1,200 pounds of in-process/raw material goods from the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals facility.

During the FDA’s inspection of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, which began in October, investigators identified 11 products that were labeled as containing DMAA or its chemical equivalent. These products included Black Widow, ECA Xtreme, Fastin, Fastin-XR, Lipodrene, Lipodrene Hardcore, Lipodrene XR, Lipodrene Xtreme, Lipotherm, Stimerex-ES, and Yellow Scorpion. The investigators also observed bulk DMAA raw ingredients at the facility. Prior to the seizure, on Nov. 1, 2013, the FDA issued an administrative detention, temporarily holding the products until they were seized.

Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is using all available tools at its disposal to remove these products from the market. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies notifying them that products containing DMAA need to be taken off the market or reformulated to remove this substance.

October 29, 2013

In what is emerging as the latest battle over follow-on biologics, a new argument has emerged about what to call them, and supporters of biotechnology companies are the latest to take a shot.

October 25, 2013

L’Oréal USA honored the recipients of the 2013 L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science at an awards ceremony Thursday evening. Celebrating its 10th year, the program is a national initiative that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based post-doctoral women researchers.

October 14, 2013

USA Today on Monday morning reported two products marketed as dietary supplements in outlets including Walmart.com and GNC have actually been adulterated with a chemical similar to methamphetamine.

April 16, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration will not approve generic versions of Purdue Pharma's painkiller OxyContin based on earlier versions of the drug that did not include features to thwart abuse, the agency said.

April 3, 2013

Goddess Garden Organics — the makers of organic sunscreens for adults, kids and babies — has debuted a Continuous Spray Natural Sunscreen, which, according to the company, is the only all-natural, chemical-free continuous spray sunscreen on the market today.

March 6, 2013

Snack maker Snyder Lance has introduced a new Cape Cod brand potato chip flavor to its reduced-fat line of chips: 40% Less Fat Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper.

January 18, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is allowing Roche to tap its reserves of the flu drug Tamiflu, according to published reports.

December 5, 2012

Even though many baby care products are manufactured "BPA-free," researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that bisphenol A, a chemical used in many consumer products, including plastic bottles and metal food and beverage cans, is common in fetal liver tissue, demonstrating that there is considerable exposure to the chemical during pregnancy.

July 26, 2012

Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., on Wednesday introduced the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, a bill that will protect consumers by providing the Drug Enforcement Administration with new enforcement tools to identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids are created and marketed as dietary supplements.