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FDA approves liquid form of enalapril to treat BP in children, adults

BY Jason Owen

DENVER — Silvergate Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Epaned (enalapril maleate powder for oral solution) to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) in people one month and older. Enalapril is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the United States to treat high blood pressure.

"We’re pleased to offer FDA-approved Epaned for people with high blood pressure, especially the small but significant group of pediatric patients who are affected by this disease," said Frank Segrave, president and CEO of Silvergate Pharmaceuticals Inc. "In developing Epaned, we were focused on what would most benefit children, such as great tasting flavor, ease of administration and consistent dosing. However, anyone who has difficulty swallowing enalapril tablets may respond well to Epaned."

Epaned enables accurate dosing for children who, until now, have relied on an adjusted adult dose. Epaned is available through an extensive network of pharmacies and a qualified mail-order service. Epaned will be reimbursed by most private insurance plans and state Medicaid programs.


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New Zim’s Advanced, Arnica Max skin care items launch from Perfecta Products

BY Jason Owen

NORTH LIMA, Ohio — Perfecta Products Inc. unveiled two new skin care products into the Zim’s line, the company announced on Thursday.

Zim’s Advanced is adding two new products: Advanced with Hydrocortisone and Advanced Gel with Acemannan. Zim’s Advanced with Hydrocortisone is the latest in naturally-based first aid products that help with a host of skin care issues, including rashes, insect bites, eczema and psoriasis, the company stated. The Zim’s Advanced Gel with Acemannan can help treat cuts, scrapes, abrasions and burns. Zim’s Advanced Gel will be available in a 3-oz. version and Zim’s Advanced with Hydrocortisone will be available in a 3-oz. cream form as well as a 3.25-oz. continuous spray.

"We are not just about cracked skin anymore,” said Perfecta Products Inc. director of marketing and sales Mark Smith. "Our new Zim’s Advanced items are designed to meet consumers’ requests for more natural-based products. We have combined science and nature to create superior products."

In addition to Zim’s Advanced, Perfecta Products will also release Zim’s Arnica Max. Zim’s Arnica Max includes a proprietary blend of arnica and aloe vera, which includes organic aloe, natural menthol and arnica. It will be available in 4-oz. gel and 3-oz. roll-on.

Arnica is one of the most popular homeopathic medicines and is used by many athletes and weekend warriors worldwide, the company noted.

"Perfecta Products has been a leader in the use of arnica and other natural products in the topical analgesics category. We have been using it in our products for more than 60 years," Smith said. "We felt it was important to bring out a new product specially formulated using maximum arnica to provide temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscle and joints associated with simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains."


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Jim Cramer gets bullish on Rite Aid on ‘Mad Money’

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — "Rite Aid is back!” That’s what Jim Cramer told viewers during the “Lightening Round” portion of his “Mad Money” investment advice program on Wednesday on CNBC.

When asked by a caller his opinion on Rite Aid stock, Cramer enthusiastically replied, “Rite Aid is good. … It is an okay situation. The group is strong. Rite Aid is back!”

As of midday trading on Thursday, Rite Aid’s stock was trading at $3.58, up about 3%.

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