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Ghirardelli Chocolate introduces two new filled chocolate bars

BY Jason Owen

SAN FRANCISCO — The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company announced today the addition of Mint Cookie and Toffee Crunch, two new varieties to its line of filled chocolate flavors.

The company also announced a rebranding effort with new smaller portion-control squares and packaging to help keep the candy crumb-free and fresh.

"We are thrilled to add two new flavors to our growing line of filled bars," said Jinny Lam, director of marketing for Ghirardelli. "The line delivers the perfect harmony of intense Ghirardelli chocolate with generous, luscious fillings of caramel, mint, raspberry, truffle and toffee bars. With the new innovative packaging and two new flavors, Ghirardelli filled bars allow for a one-piece craving or reward moment and the rest can be saved for later. It’s that simple, and you never have to worry about feeling guilty again."

Mint Cookie and Toffee Crunch join the existing lineup of filled chocolate candies: Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel, Milk Chocolate with Caramel, Dark Chocolate with Raspberry and Dark Chocolate with Caramel.

All the chocolates have been redesigned so that the candy squares break cleanly into smaller segments, letting consumers determine their portion size.

The new Ghirardelli filled bars will be available in eight-square bars that retail around $2.79 and will go on sale at mass, grocery and specialty retailers nationwide beginning September 2013.

For those who live in the San Francisco area, the new Walgreens flagship store, which opened in early May, features a replica Ghirardelli Square where the chocolate company first began in 1852.


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Court upholds Mylan’s patents on COPD drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — A federal appellate court has ruled in favor of Mylan in a case involving a drug for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the drug maker said Tuesday.

Mylan said that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had reversed a lower court’s decision invalidating five patents held by subsidiary Mylan Specialty for Perforomist (formoterol fumarate) in a case filed in 2007 against Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma subsidiary Sunovion Pharmaceuticals over the drug Brovana (arformoterol tartrate).

Mylan Specialty, then known as Dey Pharma, alleged that Brovana violated seven of its patents on Perforomist. Last year, the companies reached a settlement in which Sunovion admitted to infringing two of the patents, but not the other five.

 

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iHealth Lab adds new products and partners to mobile personal healthcare offering

BY Jason Owen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — iHealth Lab Inc., today announced the release of two new fitness products to its existing lineup of wireless blood-pressure monitors and scales: the Wireless Pulse Oximeter and the Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker. The company also announced new partnerships with two health and fitness communities, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper.

"We’re excited on all fronts," said Adam Lin, president of iHealth Lab. "Our new products give people more ways to monitor their stats and achieve their goals of healthier living. And our new partners are a perfect fit for us. Both MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper have built strong online and mobile communities, empowering people to take greater control of their personal health. We can’t wait to introduce iHealth products to these passionate people."

The new iHealth Wireless Pulse Oximeter is recommended for sports and recreational use and measures two important stats: It records oxygen levels in the blood (SpO2), which muscles need when exercising. The device also measures pulse rate (bpm). Both measurements are taken non-invasively at the fingertip and display on an easy-to-read LED screen. Results also sync automatically to the "iHealth SpO2" iTunes app on iOS devices.

And the new iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker (the iHealth Tracker) measures daily activities, including sleep. Designed to help users keep motivated toward an active and healthy lifestyle, the iHealth Tracker records steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. It also tracks hours slept and sleep efficiency. The iHealth Tracker features vibrating silent alarms for sleep and activity, and comes with interchangeable wristbands and waist clips available in two colors. All data syncs automatically to the "iHealth MyVitals" app.

The iHealth Wireless Pulse Oximeter (SRP $69.99) and Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker (SRP $59.99) are available for purchase at www.ihealthlabs.com and national retailers.

The iHealth Tracker is supported by the "iHealth MyVitals" app and the iHealth Pulse Oximeter is supported by the "iHealth SpO2" app. The two apps are available at no cost from the iTunes App Store.

iHealth Lab’s partnership with MyFitnessPal will allow users an easier and more convenient way to track weight. MyFitnessPal is the leading free resource for nutrition and fitness tracking. With a food database of over 3 million foods and convenient fast food and exercise entry, MyFitnessPal will help users achieve their fitness goals. By connecting the two apps, users can automatically transfer weight and body fat percentage to their MyFitnessPal account.

iHealth’s second new partnership is with RunKeeper. RunKeeper is a fitness technology company that packs the benefits of a personal trainer into the convenience of a smart phone. As one of the first apps to launch in the iTunes store in 2008, RunKeeper has millions of users today, who can now use iHealth devices to measure their weight and BMI, blood pressure plus their pulse rate with the ability have the data sent straight to their RunKeeper account.


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