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FDA approves Plan B One-Step OTC switch

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a contraceptive pill for all women of childbearing potential without a prescription, the agency said.

The FDA said the new approval of Teva Women’s Health’s Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) was to comply with an April 5 federal court order to make emergency contraceptives containing levonorgestrel available over the counter without age or point-of-sale restrictions.

The pill is designed to reduce the odds of pregnancy after unprotected sex or failure of other contraceptives, such as condoms. The agency notified a U.S. District Court in New York of its intention to follow the court’s order to make such drugs available over the counter, and Teva was required to submit a regulatory application seeking approval of the pill as an OTC product. The drug was originally approved in 2009 without a prescription for girls and women aged 17 and older. In April of this year, that age threshold was lowered to 15, and the latest decision removes age requirements altogether.


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Boots’ No7 Men skin care collection comes to Walgreens, Duane Reade

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK & DEERFIELD, Ill. — No7 Men skin care products, part of the U.K.’s skin care brand No7 created by Boots, is now available chainwide at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.

The debut marks the first nationwide Boots product launch for Walgreens with Alliance Boots since the two companies formed a strategic partnership last summer to create a global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. No7 is known for its range of skin care products.


“We’re thrilled to introduce our No7 Men skin care products in the U.S. through our partnership with Walgreens,” stated Gordon Farquhar, managing director for Boots Retail USA. “We know that there is a huge interest and need for great skin care options for men, and No7 is a brand with a rich heritage and proven science. We see this as the beginning of a successful partnership with Walgreens and look forward to introducing even more products for men from No7.”



“With the launch of No7 Men in our stores, we look forward to working with Boots to provide our customers with differentiated products, making Walgreens their first choice for health and daily living,” added Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of Operations and Community Management. “These products, including the No7 Men Protect & Perfect Moisturiser with SPF, highlight our commitment to help our male customers get, stay and live well.” 



Shannon Curtin, divisional VP and GMM – beauty, personal care and seasonal, added, "No7 Men is an exciting opportunity to meet the expanding needs of our male customers. The daily regimen consists of cleansers, SPF moisturizers and anti-aging solutions. No7 Men is a wonderful addition to our male grooming product portfolio." 


The full range of products, now available, includes:

  • No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Moisturiser with SPF 15 ($22.99)
  • No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Serum ($24.99)
  • No7 Men Energising Face Wash ($7.99)
  • No7 Men Energising Face Scrub ($8.99)
  • No7 Men Energising Hair & Body Wash ($7.99)
  • No7 Men Rapid Revival Eye Roll On ($16.99)

The products also can be purchased on Walgreens.com, drugstore.com and US.Boots.com.
 


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Organic Oscar expands to Target

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO — A maker of bathing products for pets has expanded its line to Target stores around the country.

Organic Oscar said its line of pet shampoo had hit Target’s shelves this month, marking its biggest expansion since the company’s official launch in 2011. The company was founded in 2007. The shampoo, which is natural and biodegradable, is available for $9.99 per bottle.

"This is a big milestone for the company and the organic trend for the pet market," co-founder Marie Svet said. "The only way to expand the organic and holistic message is if you work with large retailers to make it accessible to all."

 

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