Genzyme seeks regulatory approval for Lemtrada
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Sanofi company is seeking regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug designed to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis.
Genzyme said it submitted a supplements biologics license application to the FDA for Lemtrada (alemtuzumab), which the drug maker is developing in collaboration with Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Genzyme’s clinical development program for the Lemtrada included two phase-3 studies in which results for Lemtrada were superior to Rebif (high dose subcutaneous interferon beta-1a) on clinical and imaging endpoints, including a reduction in relapse rate.
"There remains a large unmet treatment need for patients living with active disease and we believe that Lemtrada, given its efficacy and unique dosing schedule, has the potential to transform the lives of patients with MS," Genzyme president and CEO, David Meeker said.
Kosher tops on-package claims for new food, drink products in 2011
CHICAGO — More than one-quarter of new food and beverage products introduced in 2011 touted a kosher on-package claim, according to Mintel.
New data from Mintel’s global new products database found that among health-focused on-package claims for new products, "kosher" topped the list at 27% more than twice as often as the second most common claim, "all-natural product." Rounding out the top five were "no additives/preservatives," "low/no/reduced allergen," and "gluten-free." One of the least common health claims was "no high-fructose corn syrup," which appeared on 2% of new products. Separate Mintel research revealed that this health claim is a low priority among consumers when grocery shopping.
"New product introductions in the US, across all categories, usually total more than 20,000 in most years," said Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight at Mintel. "Those with ‘no-HFCS’ claims only accounted for about 400 new product intros in 2011, or 2%. By comparison, they’re a very small part of the market."
Yankee Candle gears up for fall with new items
SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle is embracing the fall season by rolling out new scented candles.
For its Pure Radiance line — which features a sleek, modern design and a custom soy wax blend — Yankee Candle has introduced apple chai and pumpkin scents. The collection is available in three sizes and carries a suggested retail price range from $10.99 to $27.99.
Also new this fall is a range of scents that are designed to welcome autumn into homes everywhere, including Treehouse Memories, Season’s Blessings and Harvest Welcome. The fall collection will be available in various sizes and carries a suggested retail price range from $1.99 to $27.99.