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Energizer introduces child-resistant packaging for coin lithium batteries

BY Allison Cerra

SHELTON, Conn. — Energizer said the new packaging for the brand’s coin lithium batteries meets the strict guidelines set by the Consumer Products Safety Commission for child-resistant packaging.

The company said the packaging overhaul was designed to reduce the occurrence of ingestions of coin-sized button batteries by children and the associated medical complications. Additionally, Energizer also has added easily understood icons on the front of the package to let parents know to keep the batteries away from small children, along with detailed warning copy advising of the danger of ingesting coin lithium batteries and how to get help if they are swallowed.

Energizer coin lithium batteries carry a suggested retail price of $6.99 per two-pack.

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AstraZeneca, Broad Institute partner on antibiotic, antiviral drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A drug maker and medical research institute will work together to identify new treatments for bacterial and viral infections.

AstraZeneca and the Broad Institute, owned jointly by Harvard University and MIT, announced Monday that they would collaborate for two years to develop medicines to treat severe infections, saying the identification of high-quality chemicals for the development of new drugs was a significant challenge. The two will use the Broad Institute’s collection of 100,000 chemicals known as diversity-oriented synthesis, or DOS compounds.

"We believe new and collaborative approaches between the private and public sectors will help speed the discovery and development of new treatments, particularly for antibiotic-resistant infections," AstraZeneca Infection Innovative Medicines Unit VP and head Manos Perros said. "We are very pleased to work hand-in-hand with the Broad Institute to combine our unique resources and strong histories in innovation, discovery and development to speed advancements in treatments for infections."


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Belkin launches new protective sleeves for latest Amazon Kindle

BY Allison Cerra

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Belkin has unveiled a new collection of sleeves for the latest Amazon Kindle.

Featuring a mix of fabrics, patterns and features, Belkin’s 12 new designs offer maximum style, functionality and protection on the go for the 7-in. Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

"As a ‘Made for Kindle’ partner, we wanted to enhance the great features of the Kindle Fire HD 7" with a line of accessories that accommodates all tastes and lifestyles," said Patrick Sullivan, director of product management for Belkin. "Upgraded materials and finishes including genuine leather, chambray and metallic reflect a new emphasis on personal style, while innovative design components like a magnetic tab that easily tucks out of the way when open and a new slim, y-frame stand for viewing allow you to get the most out of your new device, whether you want to use it at home or on the go for reading, browsing, watching movies, listening to music or playing games."

The new collection carries a suggested retail price range from $19.99 to $49.99.

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