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Actavis seeks FDA approval for contraceptive patch

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration will review an experimental contraceptive patch made by Actavis, the drug maker said Tuesday.

Actavis said the FDA accepted for review its application for norethindrone transdermal delivery system. The patch, which does not yet have a brand name, is designed to provide continuous delivery of norethindrone during a once-weekly, seven-day dosing regimen.

The company said once-weekly dosing with the patch may improve compliance and convenience in progestin-only contraceptive users and provide more consistent average levels of norethindrone in the plasma than pills.

 

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Actavis issues regulatory filing to comply with Irish company-takeover rules

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Actavis is continuing to pursue a plan to buy Irish drug maker Warner Chilcott, as the U.S.-based company announced Tuesday its total number of shares and share-purchase options in order to comply with Ireland’s merger-and-acquisition rules.

Actavis listed about 133.3 million ordinary shares, 1.5 billion restricted shares and 1.26 options to purchase ordinary shares.

The company, which is the world’s third-largest generic drug maker, said Friday that it was in talks to buy Warner Chilcott, but that no agreement had been reached and that it wouldn’t issue further comment about the matter.

Last month, a proposal by Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International to buy Actavis for more than $13 billion was put off when the two companies failed to reach an agreement.

In other news, Actavis said it canceled its presentation at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Healthcare Conference, which had been scheduled to take place Tuesday in Las Vegas.

 

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Oscar Mayer adds new innovations for grilling season

BY Jason Owen

MADISON, Wis. — Oscar Mayer announced this week the addition of five new hot dog innovations featuring bacon, sausage, chicken breast, lean and extra lean varieties available this summer.

Beginning in June, consumers nationwide will be able to purchase two Oscar Mayer hot dogs perfect for the summer grill, including the Bacon Dog and Smokies Smoked Sausages.

The Bacon Dog is the first bacon hot dog on the market, according to the company. It is made with hardwood-smoked, authentic Oscar Mayer bacon.

"No one knows bacon like Oscar Mayer," said Jared Baker, director of Oscar Mayer hot dogs. "We know Americans love bacon, and we know they love hot dogs, so it seemed like the perfect time for us to introduce our first hot dog made with bacon."

And Oscar Mayer is bringing back Smokies. The new Oscar Mayer Smokies Smoked Sausages will be sold in full 14-oz., 8-count packages. They are made with coarse ground pork and beef, and smoked with hardwood.

The company also is adding to its line of Selects hot dogs. The new Chicken Breast Hot Dog will continue with the Selects tradition of using no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. Additionally, the hot dog is made with high-quality chicken breast, contains no added hormones and is completely gluten-free.

The company also announced it has re-branded its 98% Fat Free Wieners and Light Beef Franks as Extra Lean Franks and Lean Beef Franks, respectively. The new Lean and Extra Lean Franks are full-bun length and include lean cuts of quality meat.

The complete line of Oscar Mayer dogs and franks can be found in the refrigerated meat case in most grocery stores and supermarkets nationwide.

Oscar Mayer is a Kraft Foods Group brand.


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