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Luden’s new drops tout vitamin C

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINGTON, N.Y. — Prestige Brands recently extended its Luden’s throat drop brand with Luden’s orange supplement drops, a vitamin-enriched product with 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.

“We’re confident that anyone with minor throat discomfort is going to love Luden’s orange supplement drops,” Luden’s VP marketing Albert Hwang said. “Luden’s is all about soothing throat irritations with great-tasting throat drops. Now we also have Luden’s orange supplement drops, with real orange juice and vitamin C.”

Suggested retail price for the new Luden’s orange supplement drops is $1.79.

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Perrigo’s acquisition of Paddock Labs put on hold

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Wednesday announced that its closing date to complete the acquisition of Paddock Labs — a generic pharmaceutical and specialty over-the-counter products manufacturer — has been delayed by an extended Federal Trade Commission review.

"We are looking forward to concluding the transaction as soon as possible,” Perrigo chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said. “We have recently received a few additional questions from the Federal Trade Commission staff, and the parties are working collaboratively with the staff to answer these questions so that the FTC may conclude its review,” he said.

The acquisition is an important step toward expanding Perrigo’s specialty portfolio of generic pharmaceutical products, Papa said.

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Smarticle Industries brings StingOut to market

BY Michael Johnsen

HONOLULU — Smarticle Industries on Wednesday announced the launch of StingOut, a product designed to soothe the sting of the box jellyfish and the Portuguese man-of-war, which has been found in waters from Texas and Florida to the northeastern United States.

Retailing for a suggested $12.95, each StingOut kit includes a packet of a sting relief gel and plastic gloves. What’s unique about the StingOut kit is that the packet itself is designed to be used as a scraper to help remove the irritating tentacles of box jellyfish. The gloves are important because when treating a jellyfish sting, no one should come into contact with the sting-producing jellyfish tentacles. Rubbing the affected area also is not advised, as it can help spread the toxins produced by the tentacles.

Jellyfish venom can continue to cause pain and discomfort for up to 10 days, and StingOut can be used on a daily basis as needed for follow-up.

"Anyone who has ever been stung by a jellyfish knows how excruciatingly painful it is," Smarticle spokeswoman Kerry Holyoak said. "A jellyfish sting can ruin an entire day — or even an entire vacation. We’ve developed StingOut to help people enjoy their time at the beach."

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