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FDA approves anticoagulant-reversal product

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that reverses the effects of anticoagulant drugs in patients who have suffered acute major bleeding, the agency said.

The FDA announced the approval of CSL Behring’s Kcentra (prothrombin complex concentrate [human]) for the urgent reversal of vitamin K antagonist, or VKA drugs such as warfarin.

Previously, the only treatment available for this use was plasma, according to the agency, but plasma must be frozen and requires thawing and blood group typing before use, while Kcentra does not, thus allowing for faster administration.

"The FDA’s approval of this new product gives physicians a choice when deciding how to treat patients requiring urgent reversal of VKA anticoagulation," FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research director Karen Midthun said. "Kcentra is administered in a significantly lower volume than plasma at recommended doses, providing an alternative for those patients who may not tolerate the volume of plasma required to reverse VKA anticoagulation."


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Axe Apollo retail promotion kicks off to send seven winners to Space Camp

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — In conjunction with the Axe Apollo Space Academy, which will send 22 people from around the world to space, the Axe brand is launching a new retail-focused program that will allow seven people to attend Space Camp for a chance to participate in the trip of a lifetime.

From now through July, consumers have a chance to go to Space Camp by entering a code online. Codes will be available upon purchase of a full-size Axe product and need to be entered at www.axeapollo.com to participate; winners will be selected on or about Aug. 9. The seven winners will be then eligible to attend the Axe Apollo Space Camp in Orlando, where one finalist will be randomly selected for space travel.

The Walgreens-specific portion of the program will officially kick off on April 30 at the location in Times Square. Two new Axe Apollo billboards located above the retail store will be unveiled, and passersby in the vicinity will be able to interact with the Axe astronauts as well as be among the first to hear news about the Axe Apollo promotion.


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New Fuga energy drink hits retail shelves

BY Jason Owen

CHICAGO — A new energy drink made from natural yerba mate is hitting retail shelves now.

Fuga is a healthy energy drink made from the natural energy resource yerba mate which is said to offer the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate. Fuga’s array of herbal ingredients also includes prickly pear cactus, ginkgo biloba, guarana, milk thistle and acai, as well as essential vitamins and amino acids to support overall health and well-being.

Fuga is available in regular and sugar-free.

"Fuga is a Latin and Spanish term that means to ‘take flight’ which makes it the perfect name for our breakthrough energy drink because of its active, energetic and ascendant meaning," said Miguel Camarena , CEO at Aquarena Beverage. "When we started this company, we set out to create an energy enhancer that doesn’t overstimulate or make you feel jittery, but gives you just the right amount of consistent, long lasting energy from a healthy source. We succeeded in that mission and through our partnership with Rexam, we introduced it in a great-looking ‘Sleek’ can that will attract consumers’ attention."

Aquarena Beverage chose the Rexam "Sleek" can for Fuga because it helps the beverage stand out on retail shelves and is the most sustainable packaging choice in the world. Aluminum cans are recycled at more than double the rate of most other beverage packages, according to the company.

Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam Beverage Can North America, says, "Our 12 oz. ‘Sleek’ can is extremely popular in the energy drink market because of its consumer appeal and the fact that it delivers superior environmental benefits as well as distribution and retail display economics. This makes it the perfect packaging solution to help Fuga establish their brand and build their business."

Fuga is available now at select retailers in Florida, Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona.


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