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Mam makes pacifiers personal

BY Allison Cerra

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Mam has launched its personalized pacifier collection, a line of pacifiers that can feature the name, nickname or saying of one’s choice right on the pacifier’s front knob.

"Over the years, Mam USA has received countless requests for personalized pacifiers from parents around the globe," Mam USA SVP marketing Christine Poppy said. "Mam USA values the needs of our customers and we are excited to offer moms and dads a service that allows them to create the customized pacifiers they want without compromising safety or comfort."

The personalized pacifiers are available in size zero to 6 months and 6+ months and may be ordered in sets of two ($19.95), four ($24.95) and six ($29.95), and are available exclusively online at Mambabypersonalized.com.

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Perrigo launches store-brand equivalent to Claritin-D

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Tuesday announced that it has begun shipping Loratadine-D 12-hour extended-release tablets.

The new loratadine/pseudoephedrine combination formulation is the store brand equivalent to Merck Consumer’s Claritin-D 12-hour extended-release tablets, which generates an approximate $111 million per year, according to Perrigo citing data provided by Wolters Kluwer.

The Loratadine-D store brand launch is the first of many new OTC products on Perrigo’s launchpad this year, Perrigo chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said. "This launch is another milestone for our consumer healthcare segment, which is expected to launch many important new store brand products during this fiscal year," Papa said.


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Center for Reproductive Rights files to reopen 2005 Plan B contraceptive suit

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Center for Reproductive Rights on Wednesday asked a federal court to reopen its 2005 lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration for imposing age restrictions on emergency contraceptive drugs. Presently, emergency contraceptives, like Plan B One Step, are available behind a pharmacy counter for women 17 years and older but require a prescription for women under the age of 17 years.

The center also requested the addition of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a defendant in the reopened case for her role in recently overruling the FDA’s decision to approve Plan B One-Step for over-the-counter status in December 2011.

“After 10 years of stalling and putting politics before science, it is time to bring emergency contraception out from behind the pharmacy counter,” stated Nancy Northup, president and CEO for the Center for Reproductive Rights. “HHS’s actions on emergency contraception have been arbitrary and legally unjustifiable.”

In related news, Republicans on the campaign trail have blasted the Obama administration for a new law that takes effect this year that requires most private insurers to pay for birth control, including emergency contraceptives. Religious groups have been given an extra year to comply.

And the Food and Drug Administration is investigating a vending machine stocked with the Plan B emergency contraceptive located at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, according to an Associated Press report. Shippensburg officials noted that access to the vending machine in the student health center is restricted, the AP reported.

 


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