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Energizer gears up for holiday season with products for every lifestyle

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Energizer is gearing up for the holiday season by offering new products to those who love the latest gadgets and are looking for ways to power them.

The product offerings include such items as the brand’s Energi to Go line, LED flashlights, travel kits, chargers, batteries and more, which cater to the following lifestyles:

  • Power players: Gifts for gadget guys and gals;

  • For the love of nature: Gifts for outdoors enthusiasts;

  • Energy essentials: The gift that keeps giving… power;

  • The power to travel: Gifts for jetsetters; and

  • DIY: For the man (or woman) who does everything.

Energizer said that the new products are designed to fit every budget. For more information, click here.

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FDA approves Shire autoimmune disorder drug

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Shire for a rare autoimmune condition, the agency said.

The FDA announced the approval of Firazyr (icatibant) for acute attacks of hereditary angioedema in patients ages 18 years and older. HAE, which affects fewer than 30,000 people in the United States, results from improper function of C1 inhibitor, a protein that regulates how certain immune system and blood clotting pathways function.

People with the condition can develop rapid swelling of the hands, feet, limbs, face, intestinal tract and other internal organs, which can lead to disfigurement, disability and death.

"Firazyr provides a new option to treat acute attacks of HAE and because it can be self-administered through an injection in the abdominal area, patients can treat themselves upon recognition of an HAE attack," FDA Office of Drug Evaluation II director Curtis Rosebraugh said.

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Rite Aid stocks extra emergency supplies ahead of Hurricane Irene

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — With Hurricane Irene barreling up the East Coast and expected to make landfall in the Northeast this weekend, Rite Aid is stocking extra emergency supplies in its stores in affected regions, the retail pharmacy chain said.

Rite Aid stores in three states have increased supplies of bottled water, batteries, flashlights, canned foods, first aid supplies, disposable cameras and other items.

The American Red Cross recommends having a seven-day supply of medications and medical supplies, such as syringes, hearing aid batteries and glucose testing strips on hand.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration is urging people not to use food or drugs damaged by flood waters and to keep a supply of clean water available.

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