Coppertone kicks off second year of ‘Making the Sunscreen Grade’ program
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck Consumer Care, the makers of Coppertone, has kicked off its second year of the “Making the Sunscreen Grade” program to help parents teach their children sun-smart behaviors.
“Although my patients prioritize sun protection for their kids, many of them still don’t protect themselves. Being smart about sun protection for their own skin is a critical example to set,” said Ana M. Duarte, division director of dermatology at Miami Children’s Hospital and consultant to Coppertone. “This year’s ‘Making the Sunscreen Grade’ program has a very important message: children’s healthy sun habits begin at home with their parents.”
The program this year sends a sun-smart message to parents reminding them to encourage healthy behaviors in their children early on. As the most powerful role models for their kids, parents can impart lasting sun protection lessons that their children can take with them as they board the bus to school, join their teammates on the field, or spend the day in summer camp. According to results of an Australian survey, parents who used sunscreen and additional forms of sun protection while outdoors with their children increased the odds of their children practicing these behaviors.
With summer beckoning, Coppertone has launched its new ClearlySheer sunscreen line, which offers formulas that are fresh and lightweight, perfect for wearing under makeup as it leaves barely a trace on the skin for everyday sun protection during family activities like picnicing or spending a day at the lake. Coppertone Sport AccuSpray is a good option for activities like family bike rides and kickball, offering parents a targeted, continuous spray they can control when applying sunscreen.
Teva reaches settlements in Nuvigil patent case
JERUSALEM — Teva has reached settlements with Sandoz, Actavis, Lupin and Apotex with respect to a patent for Teva’s wakefulness product, Nuvigil (armodafinil) tablets. These settlements dismiss a pending appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit of a trial court decision that found the “570 patent” to be valid and infringed.
Teva has reached settlements with each of these companies, granting licenses to allow these parties to market their generic products 180 days after Mylan, the first generic company to file an abbreviated new drug application for the 50 mg, 150 mg, and 250 mg dosages of Nuvigil. The settlements allow Actavis to launch generic 100 mg and 200 mg dosages in June 2016, and the others may launch these dosages 180 days after Actavis in the 100 mg and 200 mg dosage forms. Additional terms of the settlements are agreed by the parties to remain undisclosed.
Previously, Teva settled its patent infringement litigation regarding the 570 patent against Mylan, which allowed Mylan to begin selling generic versions of 50 mg, 150 mg, and 250 mg Nuvigil under license beginning in June 2016, or earlier under certain circumstances.
Hamacher Resource Group’s Dave Wendland to speak at upcoming industry conferences
WAUKESHA, Wis. — The Hamacher Resource Group has announced that Dave Wendland, VP and member of the owners group at Hamacher Resource Group, will be speaking to members of the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy June 27 at their 2014 Midyear conference in Palm Beach, Fla., and on July 21, will speak to independent pharmacists attending McKesson’s IdeaShare conference in Orlando, Fla.
At the ASAP conference Wendland will share the shopper profiles revealed in the 2012 research report "Independent Pharmacy Shoppers: Who, What and Why?" The research was sponsored by the Healthcare Distribution Management Association and details the five shopper types that frequent independent pharmacy. Attendees will understand the types of services that attract these shopper segments and the items that tend to be in their market basket.
At the IdeaShare Conference, Wendland will present a continuing education session, “Customer Loyalty Begins on the Outside,” as well as contribute an audio CE session for those that can’t attend in person, called “Journey to the Center of the Store.” “Customer Loyalty Begins on the Outside,” will provide pharmacists insight into the importance of their building’s exterior and curb appeal in attracting and keeping customers. “Journey to the Center of the Store” will offer tips and tricks to ensure the overall shopping experience inside the store is optimized.
For nearly 35 years, HRG has been serving independent pharmacies and the retail consumer healthcare supply chain by providing merchandising, promotion, planning, sales, and marketing services.
“HRG has deep and broad experience with the independent pharmacy channel and participating in these conferences keeps us in touch with this vital drug store segment,” Wendland stated.