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Beiersdorf continues on growth path in Q1

BY Antoinette Alexander

HAMBURG, Germany — Beiersdorf, whose brands include Nivea and Eucerin, announced that it is “very satisfied” with its first quarter business performance as the consumer business segment posted a 6.3% boost in organic sales during the quarter.

“We are very satisfied with our business performance in the first three months. We continued the company’s steady upward trend, delivered strong sales growth and continued to gain market share in our relevant markets and key categories,” stated Stefan Heidenreich, CEO of Beiersdorf AG.

During the quarter, the company delivered organic sales growth of 6.7%. In nominal terms, sales increased by 1.2% from €1.577 billion to €1.596 billion.

The consumer business segment, which includes the Nivea, Eucerin and La Prairie brands, recorded organic sales growth of 6.3% in the first quarter of the year. In nominal terms, sales increased by 0.4%, from €1.318 billion to €1.323 billion. The key drivers underlying the strong sales growth, according to the company, were the group’s healthy performance in emerging markets and positive growth rates in the saturated European markets.

Nivea delivered 7.6% sales growth, Eucerin 10.3%, and La Prairie 3.4%, the company stated. In looking at organic sales growth by region, North America continued to develop with 7.5% growth.

Looking to 2014, Beiersdorf is expecting sales growth in the consumer business segment to outperform the market in 2014, at a level of 4% to 6%.
 

 

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CorePharma launches generic Ritalin

BY Ryan Chavis

MIDDLESEX, N.J. — CorePharma on Thursday announced the launch of methylphenidate hydrochloride tablets USP, the generic version of Ritalin from Novartis. Methylphenidate is intended for the treatment of narcolepsy and attention deficit disorders.

The drug is available in 5-,10- and 20-mg strengths. Methylphenidate immediate release tablets had U.S. sales of approximately $243 million as of December 2013, according to IMS Data.

 

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CDC: Adults with disabilities who don’t exercise 50% more likely to have a chronic disease

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — Working-age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50% more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease — such as cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease — according to a Vital Signs report released earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly half (47%) of adults with disabilities who are able to do aerobic physical activity do not get any. An additional 22% are not active enough. Yet only about 44% of adults with disabilities who saw a doctor in the past year got a recommendation for physical activity. Adults with disabilities were 82% more likely to be physically active if their doctor recommended it.

“Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug,” stated CDC director Tom Frieden. “Unfortunately, many adults with disabilities don’t get regular physical activity. That can change if doctors and other health care providers take a more active role helping their patients with disabilities develop a physical fitness plan that’s right for them.”

Most adults with disabilities are able to participate in some aerobic physical activity which has benefits for everyone by reducing the risk of serious chronic diseases. Some of the benefits from regular aerobic physical activity include increased heart and lung function; better performance in daily living activities; greater independence; decreased chances of developing chronic diseases; and improved mental health.

Working age adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer than adults without disabilities. Inactive adults with disabilities were 50% more likely to report at least one chronic disease than were active adults with disabilities. 

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that all adults, including those with disabilities, get at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. If meeting these guidelines is not possible, adults with disabilities should start physical activity slowly based on their abilities and fitness level.

CDC has set up a dedicated resource page for doctors and other health professionals with information to help them recommend physical activity to their adult patients with disabilities, CDC.gov/disabilities/PA.    

 

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