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FDA approves Takeda’s Contrave for weight management

BY Ryan Chavis

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration approved Contrave  (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) as a chronic weight-management option. The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index of 30 or greater (obesity) or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) who have at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood-pressure, Type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. 
 
BMI measures body fat in relation to an individual's weight and height and is used to define the obesity and overweight categories. More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
 
“Obesity continues to be a major public health concern,” said Jean-Marc Guettier, M.D., director of the division of metabolism and endocrinology products in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “When used as directed in combination with a healthy lifestyle that includes a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, Contrave provides another treatment option for chronic weight management for people who are obese or are overweight and have at least one weight-related health condition.”
 
Contrave contains a combination of two drugs, naltrexone and bupropion. Naltrexone is indicated to treat alcohol and opioid dependence; bupropion is approved to treat depression and seasonal affective disorder and as an aid to smoking cessation treatment, the agency said. Both drugs are FDA-approved. 
 
Contrave is distributed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

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MinuteClinic comes to St. Louis area

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics have opened inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the St. Louis metro area, CVS Health announced Thursday morning.

The new clinics are located in Creve Coeur, Ellisville, O'Fallon, St. Peters and St. Louis (Mehlville). The St. Louis-area clinics join 15 Missouri-based MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Kansas City metro area and more than 900 MinuteClinic locations nationwide.

"Since the opening of the first store-based clinics in Missouri in 2006, MinuteClinic has helped to expand access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care to thousands of residents who visit CVS/pharmacy locations near where they live and work," said Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. "The demand for MinuteClinic services will grow in Missouri due in part to the shortage of primary care physicians, the aging Baby Boomer population and the influx of newly insured patients through the Affordable Care Act."

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Walmart’s 2014 toy list reveals zest for creativity, a dash of nostalgia

BY Ryan Chavis

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart's recently released 2014 Chosen by Kids Top 20 Toys List shows that although kids' preferences in toys are shifting, their hunger for imagination and creativity is unrelenting. 

Walmart consulted hundreds of kids ages 18 months to 12 years and gave them access to some of the hottest new toys from suppliers — including Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master and Zing. The results shows that kids are looking for toys that serve as an artistic outlet. The classic toys also are proving to be popular as toy makers overhaul retro toys to appeal to the kids of today.
 
“The kids surprised us this year with their changing tastes in toys, but we were ready to react to their feedback,” said Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Walmart U.S. “When we saw specific trends emerge, we worked closely with our toy suppliers to make sure we were stocking our toy shelves and eCommerce distribution centers with the items kids really want this holiday season. Parents can trust that we’ll be ready with these kid-approved toys at great prices all season long.”
 
 
The focus group of children unearthed the following toy trends:
 
Creativity
Kids are looking for toys that allow for more creativity. These toys represent one of the company's fastest-growing toy categories:
  • Spin Master Sew Cool Sewing Machine;
  • Moose Toys Beados Quick Dry Design Station; and
  • Maya Group Make Your Case Cell Phone Cover Kit. 
Licensed toys
Licensed merchandise from popular mediums like Disney's "Frozen" and the television show "Doc McStuffins" were at the top of kids' minds. Walmart listened and added extra inventory to meet demand:
  • Jakks Snow Glow Elsa Doll;
  • Just Play Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile; and
  • Disney Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin.
Ride-ons and scooters
These items were popular picks last holiday season and remained a strong purchase throughout the year. Walmart added this type of toy to the focus group for the first time and the following toy took the top spot:
  • Razor Crazy Cart Spinning Go Kart
Electronic toys
Kids were drawn to electronic toys that allowed for interactive play:
  • Spin Master Flutterbye Light Up Fairy;
  • Spin Master Zoomer Dino;
  • Leapfrog LeapTV;
  • Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch;
  • Hasbro FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet; and
  • Spin Master Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer.
Throwback toys
Classic toys with a little something extra topped kids' list for the second year. Parents may recognize many of the brands and types of toys that popped up: 
  • Mattel Hot Wheels Street Remote Control Flying Car;
  • Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 Blaster;
  • Zing Airstorm Firetech Bow;
  • Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Amazement Park Playset;
  • Mattel Barbie Glam Camper;
  • Mattel Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover; and
  • Fisher Price Little People Musical Preschool.
 
Beginning now and continuing throughout the holiday season, all of the top 20 toys will be covered under Walmart's Savings Catcher online receipt comparison feature. If a top local competitor offers a lower advertised price on those (or other eligible items,) customers will receive the difference on a Walmart eGift Card. For more information on Walmart's Top Toy List Chosen by Kids, visit Walmart.com/ChosenbyKids.
 

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