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Justice Department appeals district court ruling removing emergency contraceptive sales restrictions

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department late Wednesday reported it will appeal a recent judicial decision that would require removing any age restriction from the purchase of the Plan B emergency contraceptive, according to a report published in USA Today. The decision comes one day after the Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B One Step in females as young as 15 years old and removed merchandising restrictions that mandated the emergency contraceptive be sold from behind the pharmacy counter. 

The appeal and the subsequent request for an injunction does not have any bearing on the FDA decision, USA Today reported. 

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch appealed to the Second Circuit Court to suspend the April 5 district court ruling. District Judge Edward Korman of New York had given FDA until May 5 to lift all age and merchandising restrictions from the sale of Plan B. 


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Green Hygienics launches tree-free, bamboo-based bath tissue

BY Jason Owen

MIAMI — A new line of tree-free, bamboo-based bath tissue from Green Hygienics, Inc. (GHI) is set to launch on retail shelves.

The exclusive license agreement will make this bath tissue the first ever tree-free, bamboo fiber-based toilet paper product available in North America, the company stated. The new products will be sold under GHI’s Sensational brand.

"The bath tissue market in North America is absolutely enormous, valued at an estimated $21.6 billion annually, and we feel that tree-free bamboo is going to quickly establish itself as the fastest growing and highest margin component of the industry," stated Philip Rundle, CEO of Green Innovations. "Our supply partners are at the cutting edge of the manufacturing capabilities that make these eco-friendly products possible on a global volume scale. Through our exclusive licensing deal, we intend to take advantage of our first to market status by quickly launching the new tree-free bamboo-based ‘Sensational’ branded bath tissue across North America. We feel it could rapidly become our highest demand product and provide significant revenues to the company."

GHI is currently finalizing samples and packaging for the North American market and expects to be offering product to wholesalers and retailers in less than 60 days. For an advanced look at the new tree-free bamboo-based Sensational tissue paper packaging design, interested parties are encouraged to visit the Company website at www.greeninnovationsltd.com/sensational/bamboo.html.


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Cardinal Health posts fewer sales but greater profits vs. Wall Street expectations

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health on Thursday reported fiscal year 2013 third-quarter revenue of $24.6 billion, a 8.9% decline as compared with the quarter a year ago. 

However, Cardinal Health reported net earnings per share of $1.01, up 5.2%. According to published reports, Wall Street had been expecting greater revenue of $24.7 billion but at a lesser gain with earnings expectations estimated around 96 cents per share. 

"We delivered another solid performance in our fiscal third quarter," stated George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "Both our pharmaceutical and medical segments reported double-digit profit growth."  

Following the quarterly report, the wholesaler raised its fiscal 2013 outlook for non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations to a range between $3.67 and $3.71. The revised range includes the $0.18 tax settlement previously mentioned.

Cardinal Health also announced that its board of directors approved a 10% increase in the company’s quarterly dividend to $0.3025 per share, or $1.21 per share on an annualized basis. The quarterly dividend is payable on July 15 to shareholders of record at close of business on July 1.


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