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Combe unloads cough-cold, skin care and foot care portfolios

BY Michael Johnsen

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Reckitt Benckiser on Monday supplemented its Mucinex and Delsym cough-cold portfolio with the addition of Cepacol from Combe.

Combe also announced the completion of its cough-cold and skin care businesses to the British conglomerate, along with its foot care brand Odor-Eaters to personal care company Blistex.

"We are very proud of our divested businesses and are excited about the future of these brands,” stated Christopher Combe, chairman and CEO. “More importantly, these divestitures enable us to increase our company-wide focus on our largest global brands,” he said. “Our retained brands have strong growth opportunities around the world, supported by positive demographic shifts, our leadership positions in these categories and a pipeline of innovative and potentially game-changing new products.”

Combe retains its men’s grooming portfolio, which includes Just For Men, Grecian Formula and Aqua Velva, as well as other brands, including feminine care brand Vagisil and denture care brand Sea-Bond.

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FDA announces recall of two adulterated drugs available online

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration last week prompted the recall of two more products sold as supplements but adulterated with prescription medicines.

Drive Total Energy, headquartered in San Diego, recalled its Rock Hard Extreme and Passion Coffee dietary supplements. The FDA found that the products contained sulfoaildenafil, an analogue of sildenafil that is an FDA-approved drug used in the treatment of male erectile dysfunction.

Rock Hard Extreme and Passion Coffee, distributed by Drive Total Energy, are sold on Internet sites, online marketplaces, and in retail outlets in single blister packs, single packets and 10-count capsule bottles Rock Hard Extreme single pack Lot # 1152010, expiration date Jan. 15, 2013; Rock Hard Extreme Bottle Lot # 1152010, expiration date Jan. 15, 2013; Passion Coffee UPC 7 97882 00001 2.

Meanwhile, PRock Marketing of Kissimmee, Fla., recalled all lots of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta after the FDA confirmed that Fruta Planta contained sibutramine, a drug withdrawn from the market in December 2010 for safety reasons.

In this case, the FDA noted it had received multiple reports of adverse events associated with the use of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, including several cardiac events and one death.

Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta was sold online at FrutaPlanta.com and other online retailers.

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Helen of Troy closes Kaz transaction

BY Michael Johnsen

EL PASO, Texas — Helen of Troy on Monday announced that it has completed its acquisition of humidifier manufacturer Kaz. Sales for the next 12 months, ending Dec. 31, 2011, are expected to exceed $400 million, the company announced.

Kaz markets products under a variety of brand names, including Vicks and Braun under license from Procter & Gamble and Honeywell under license from Honeywell. Kaz brands include Stinger, Softheat and Kaz. The company’s product portfolio includes vaporizers, humidifiers, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, hot/cold therapy, air purifiers, heaters, fans and dehumidifiers.

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