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AstraZeneca settles with generic drug makers over Seroquel XR

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca has settled patent infringement lawsuits that it filed against two companies that had sought to market generic versions of one of its drugs.

The company settled with Handa Pharmaceuticals and also with Accord Healthcare and Intas Pharmaceuticals over two generic versions of the bipolar disorder and schizophrenia treatment Seroquel XR (quetiapine fumarate) extended-release tablets.

Under the settlements, Accord and Handa agreed not to dispute AstraZeneca’s patents covering Seroquel XR, and both companies will be able to launch generic versions of the drug in November 2016. The patents covering Seroquel XR are scheduled to expire between March 2012 and November 2017.


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Venture Products unveils new line of yoga products

BY Michael Johnsen

FAIRFIELD, N.J. — Venture Products earlier this week announced a new line of yoga and fitness accessories under its Shock Athletic brand name. These products complement Venture’s existing lineup of yoga mats.

Available in various fashionable colors, the new fitness accessories lineup — being launched at select Sears and Kmart locations nationwide — includes yoga blocks, straps, mat carriers, nonslip socks, towel mats, stability balls, exercise bands and toning tubes.

"Yoga accessories are essential additions for any level of yoga workout,” stated Venture Products partner Steve Fischer. “Each item — from the blocks to the straps — works as an aid to help produce more precise yoga poses and, in turn, a safer workout.”

The entire Shock Athletic line is infused during the manufacturing process with Microban antimicrobial zinc technology, which inhibits the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew, and is effective for the life of the product. Microban is a registered trademark of Microban Products Company.


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Organix-South launches TheraVeda Immune Support

BY Michael Johnsen

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. — Organix-South earlier this week launched TheraVeda Immune Support, an herbal blend of turmeric, neem and ginger, plus ashwagandha, guduchi and holy basil to support overall strength and stamina.

The TheraVeda line, which includes seven condition-specific formulas, was developed by Organix-South in partnership with Shrikrishna Phadke, Ayurvedic practitioner and teaching physician.

According to Organix- South founder Autumn Blum, “TheraVeda Immune Support is like an herbal multivitamin with herbs that have been traditionally used to fortify and protect our overall well-being and address the occasional seasonal imbalance. Our Immune Support is a first-reach formula to help build a strong foundation to better respond to stressors, calm the nervous system and promote overall immune intelligence.”


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