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House to consider PDUFA bill

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives will be debating H.R. 5651 Wednesday afternoon — a bill that, if passed, will reauthorize the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. 

The Senate passed a similar measure last week by a vote of 96-to-1 with three senators not voting.

John Gay, VP government affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, noted that swift action is needed to ensure the reauthorization is finalized before the current authorization expires at the end of September. “We encourage House leadership to act soon to reconcile this legislation with the version passed by the Senate, so that this crucial bill is enacted before autumn,” Gay said. CHPA sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging the swift reauthorization of the bill earlier Wednesday.

 


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Stop & Shop, Giant-Carlisle offer pet medications

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — Two supermarket chains owned by Royal Ahold are dispensing prescription pet drugs at their stores, they said Wednesday.

Stop & Shop announced Wednesday a new pet medications program, which it is offering under a partnership with pet pharmacy PetCareRx. The program includes three popular prescription drugs for pets that had previously only been available from veterinarians and online vet pharmacy providers, including Heartguard Plus, Rimadyl and Frontline Plus. If customers can’t fill drugs at a local store, the pharmacist will work with PetCareRx to fill and ship the drug directly to their home address within two or three days.

Another Ahold chain, Giant-Carlisle, is offering a similar program, also under a partnership with PetCareRx.

"At Stop & Shop, we recognize that pets are members of the family, and their health and well-being are of great importance to our customers," Stop & Shop New England division public and community relations manager Suzi Robinson said. "We’re pleased to offer this great convenience for shoppers to pick up prescriptions for their pets when they pick up prescriptions for others in their family."


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Burt’s Bees enhances Lip Shimmers collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Burt’s Bees has enhanced its Lip Shimmer with antioxidant-rich fruit seed oils and moisturizing shea butter, and also has updated the shade range.

The 100% natural formula still features the signature cool burst of peppermint oil. The shade range has been updated in keeping with color trends and includes three new shades: cherry, plum and strawberry. The full range includes 12 shades: radiance, champagne, peony, caramel, guava, strawberry, watermelon, rhubarb, cherry, fig, raisin and plum.

Lip Shimmers retail for $4.99 each. The formula is free of petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate. The product is not tested on animals.

 

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