FDA approves Triumeq for treatment of HIV-1
LONDON — ViiV Healthcare announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Triumeq (abacavir 600 mg, dolutegravir 50 mg and lamivudine 300 mg) tablets for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. Triumeq is the company's first dolutegravir-based fixed-dose combination.
"ViiV Healthcare is committed to delivering advances in care and new treatment options to physicians and people living with HIV. We are proud to announce this important milestone, marking the second new treatment to be approved in the US from our pipeline of medicines," Dr. Dominique Limet, CEO ViiV Healthcare, said.
Vigilant to roll out smart toothbrush for kids
SAN FRANCISCO — Smart device and app maker Vigilant is launching its new Bluetooth-enabled Rainbow toothbrush that’s meant to teach children to brush properly. The toothbrush connects to the company’s app, and tracks the brush’s movement in real time.
“At Vigilant, we belive highly innovative products like Rainbow can actually change the way people manage their health,” Laura Loveman, Vigilant’s VP of U.S. operations said. “Our mission is to design and develop devices with smart apps to empower users to make smarter, healthier daily decisions.”
As children brush, the app makes the activity into a game that actually encourages proper brushing techniques. It keeps a record of how the child brushes for parents to check in on.
In addition to Rainbow, Vigilant also makes a smart insulin injection pen that will transmit data on injections and blood glucose levels to the accompanying app, and various other smart devices for the home.
The Rainbow toothbrush retails for $49.99 and is available for preorder on Amazon.com and USVigilant.com, and the app is available for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
Keurig partners with Kraft coffee brands
WATERBURG, Vt. — Kraft and Keurig Green Mountain recently announced a partnership that will result in Maxwell House, Yuban, McCafé and Yuban coffee brands being available to owners of Keurig coffee makers.
“At Kraft, we have made significant strides in rejuvenating our coffee business across all segments — including mainstream, premium and on-demand — by focusing on driving profitable growth for our brands and our customers,” Dino Bianco, Kraft’s EVP and President, beverages, said. “This agreement offers the opportunity for expanded distribution across multiple channels, and is another example of our focus on long-term growth in action.”
The partnership will launch in the fall and make Kraft’s brands available in various packaging varieties compatible with Keurig brewing systems. In addition to single-serve K-Cups, the coffee will also be sold in K-Carafes, which brew up to four cups of coffee, and packs that can brew a half gallon of coffee with Keurig’s Bolt coffee maker.
Kraft joins the group of about 50 brands whose products Keurig’s machines can make.