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Energizer clears antitrust hurdle for American Safety Razor

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. LOUIS Energizer Holdings has obtained U.S. antitrust clearance for the acquisition of American Safety Razor.

The waiting period for the antitrust review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has expired. Clearance from regulatory authorities in Germany and Taiwan now must be satisfied before closing.

Energizer stated that it will continue to seek clearance from those authorities in advance of the Nov. 23 deadline in the Asset Purchase Agreement between Energizer and ASR.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Energizer announced in early October that it was the winning bidder for ASR in bankruptcy court proceedings. Energizer has signed an agreement with ASR to purchase substantially all of ASR’s assets for $301 million in cash and the assumption of certain liabilities.

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EvoraPlus gains distribution at Winn-Dixie

BY Antoinette Alexander

TAMPA, Fla. — Biopharmaceutical company Oragenics has expanded retail distribution of its oral care probiotic EvoraPlus through an agreement with Winn-Dixie Stores. EvoraPlus will be sold in select Winn-Dixie locations, beginning in January 2011.

 

ProBiora3, the active ingredient in Oragenics’ probiotic products, is designed to naturally support gum and tooth health while freshening breath and whitening teeth. Oragenics’ chief scientific officer, Jeffrey Hillman, developed ProBiora3 technology during more than 25 years of research, which began at the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute in Boston and continued at the University of Florida. This technology only recently has become available to the general public.

 

ProBiora3 contains three strains of beneficial bacteria that promise to help maintain a healthy microbial balance in the mouth. It is 100% natural and is made in the United States in an FDA-registered and GMP-certified facility, the company stated.

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Hugo Naturals earns gluten-free seal

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Hugo Naturals, a maker of natural personal care products, has received the gluten-free seal from the Celiac Sprue Association, designating the company’s full range of products as gluten-free and appropriate for the growing population with celiac disease.

 

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease trigged by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. The disease affects about 1-in-130 people, and a diet and lifestyle free of wheat, barley, rye and oats will alleviate the symptoms and help prevent the onset of related illnesses, such as osteoporosis.

 

"As celiac disease diagnoses become increasingly commonplace, more and more people are seeking out products that will help them better manage their symptoms," stated Hugo Saavedra, co-founder of Hugo Naturals. "Third-party certification is necessary to keep consumers informed, and to have the CSA recognize us with its seal, showing that we are a wholesome choice for those with celiac disease, is an honor."

Initiated in 2004, the CSA Recognition Seal Program marked the first of its kind in the United States. To qualify, Hugo Naturals provided the CSA with its specific procedures and policies for producing products and agreed to adhere to the CSA’s standards for processing and packaging.

Hugo Naturals products are sold at select food and independent health and beauty retail channels throughout the United States and Canada.

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