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Following 2010 pilot success, Carmex launches two new flavors

BY Michael Johnsen

MILWAUKEE — Carma Labs on Thursday announced the permanent addition of two new lip balm flavors: Carmex Lime Twist and Carmex Vanilla Click Sticks.

“We had an overwhelming response to the limited release [in late 2010] of Vanilla and Lime Twist,” Carma Labs president Paul Woelbing said. “Customers told us how much they liked the new flavors and would like them to be available year-round. We are happy to oblige and have added them to our family of flavored lip balms.”

Formulated with vitamin E and aloe, Lime Twist and Vanilla Click Sticks provide moisturization and improved glide, the company stated. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and helps prevent premature aging by preventing the forming of free radicals. Aloe helps heal and soothe sensitive lips. The 0.15-oz. solid sticks also include SPF 15 to provide additional protection.

The suggested retail price for the new flavored Carmex lip balms is $1.99.


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Report: Fifth dietary supplement trade association in the works

BY Michael Johnsen

BOULDER, Colo. — A fifth dietary supplement trade association may be in the early formulation stages, specifically designed to address the Food and Drug Administration’s recent issues of New Dietary Ingredient guidance, according to a Nutrition Business Journal report published Wednesday.

According to the report, Jarrow Rogovin, Jarrow Formulas president, announced his plan to found the Dietary Supplements Manufacturers and Marketers Association during a meeting at the Natural Products Expo East last week in Baltimore.  Rogorvin has hired attorneys to set up a Delaware-based non-profit and made an appeal to meeting attendees for at least 10 companies to sign up at a cost of $20,000.

Rogovin’s first order of business would be to call for the resignation of Daniel Fabricant, head of the FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, suggesting a conflict of interest exists out of his prior tenure as VP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Natural Products Association.

For NBJ‘s take on the proposed association, click here.


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Takeda completes Nycomed acquisition

BY Allison Cerra

OSAKA, Japan — Drug maker Takeda has completed its acquisition of another drug maker.

Takeda said that the deal, valued at $13 billion, is in line with the company’s 2011-2013 mid-range plan, and that Nycomed’s significant business infrastructure in Europe and high-growth emerging markets will enhance Takeda’s regulatory development expertise and commercialization capability.

In line with the acquisition, Takeda announced has named a new CEO for Nycomed. Frank Morich will lead Nycomed and also will continue to serve in his current role as EVP international operations of America/Europe at Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda America Holdings.

"I look forward to bringing Takeda and Nycomed together to ensure we can achieve enhanced revenue, growth and diversification, while maintaining the strong momentum of both companies," Morich said. "The combined company significantly broadens our coverage of the global pharmaceutical market to more than 70 countries, increasing our global [prescription] sales ranking to 12th and further strengthening our position in the industry."


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