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Actavis seeks approval for two generics

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Actavis is hoping to become the first to market generic versions of a contraceptive and a sedative, the drug maker said.

On Wednesday, Actavis said it had filed for approval with the Food and Drug Administration for a generic version of Bayer’s Safyral (drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol and levomefolate calcium tablets; levomefolate calcium tablets), which prevents pregnancy and acts as a daily folate supplement. The filing prompted a patent-infringement suit by two subsidiaries of Bayer and a subsidiary of Germany-based Merck KGaA. The suit places an automatic stay of approval on the generic for 30 months, or until the companies settle the case.

And on Friday, Actavis filed for approval for a generic version of Fresenius Kabi’s Diprivan (propofol) injection in the 10 mg-per-milliliter strength, a sedative and anesthetic. The filing also prompted a patent-infringement suit from Fresenius Kabi.

Safyral had sales of about $19 million during the 12-month period that ended in April, while Diprivan had sales of about $212 million during the same period, according to IMS Health.


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PacificHealth Laboratories fields ‘all-natural’ energy shot with Body Glove Surge

BY Michael Johnsen

MATAWAN, N.J. — PacificHealth Laboratories recently announced the launch of Body Glove Surge, an energy shot billed as "all natural."

Although 164 million adults are daily consumers of caffeinated products, only 8% of adults regularly purchase energy shots, the company noted. As many as 47% of energy shot users report their consumption would increase if there was a natural alternative. 

"Body Glove Surge provides retailers the opportunity to expand this category and pick up lost sales from the 92% of consumers who are not currently using energy shots," stated PacificHealth CEO Fred Duffner. "With Body Glove Surge, busy health conscious consumers have a safe, all-natural proven energy product to help them perform at their best whether they are exercising, working or playing.”

A recent Montana State University study, which was presented at the recent American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting, showed Body Glove Surge was more effective than other energy shots in speeding reaction times, extending endurance, improving alertness and raising mental focus. The Body Glove shot is formulated with protein, honey, green tea, coconut water, pomegranate and other high-antioxidant fruits.

“Body Glove Surge ingredients acts synergistically to raise energy levels and improve mental focus even though it contains 35% less caffeine than the [best] selling shot," stated Robert Portman, developer of the energy shot. "Body Glove Surge gives you fast and long-lasting energy whenever you need it plus … additional immune, antioxidant and electrolyte replenishment benefits.”


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Wegmans helping with college tuition costs for 1,880 employees

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets on Thursday announced that the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,880 new recipients for the upcoming 2013/2014 academic year. This is the largest number of scholarships ever awarded by the program in a single year, the grocer noted. In total, Wegmans expects to pay out $4.8 million in tuition assistance to current and new scholarship recipients during the upcoming school year.

“We’re proud to see the continuing growth of this long-standing program,” stated Wegmans’ president Colleen Wegman. “Helping our people toward educational goals makes a lasting difference that extends even beyond the communities we serve.”

Since the program began in 1984, more than 28,400 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $90 million. 

Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 a year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 a year for four years (up to $8,800 total). No limit is placed on the number of scholarships awarded each year and no restrictions are made on a student’s course of study. Recipients may choose any area of study from an accredited college and enter any field they desire upon graduation.

Many scholarship winners, however, have stayed with Wegmans after college, continuing career growth within the company, Wegmans noted. 


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