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Native Remedies products to be sold at online retailers

BY Michael Johnsen

BOCA RATON, Fla. Native Remedies on Wednesday announced that through partnership with Nutritional Products International, their top-selling Internet products now are available at the nation’s foremost online retailers, including Amazon.com, CVS.com and Drugstore.com.

“We are thrilled to have our products available at these top retailers,” stated Native Remedies president George Luntz. “As Native Remedies grows, it is great to have a business partner like NPI helping to expand our market reach. We expect 2010 to be a banner year for us and for NPI.”

Native Remedies features a line of more than 250 herbal and homeopathy products.

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare temporarily suspends operations in Pa. facility

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. In a statement released Tuesday, McNeil Consumer Healthcare stated: “The quality issues that [the Food and Drug Administration] has observed, many of which we had recently identified in our own quality reviews and communicated to the FDA, are unacceptable to us, and not indicative of how McNeil Consumer Healthcare intends to operate.”

McNeil Consumer Healthcare last week voluntarily recalled all lots that have not yet expired of certain over-the-counter children’s and infants’ liquid products in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration. The agency suggested that McNeil’s Fort Washington, Pa. plant may not be compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices.

“Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles,” the FDA stated on its Web site.

Both the FDA and McNeil suggested the risk for adverse events associated with the recalled products was relatively low.

Following the recall, McNeil has temporarily suspended production at its Fort Washington production facility. “We will not restart operations until we have taken the necessary corrective actions and can assure the quality of products made there,” McNeil stated. “We will continue to work in close consultation with the FDA to take corrective action and ensure that our quality operations meet the high standards that consumers expect from us.”

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Perrigo closes PBM Holdings acquisition

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo on Monday announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of PBM Holdings, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of infant formula for store-brand markets.

Headquartered in Gordonsville, Va., PBM manufactures and distributes over-the-counter store brand infant formula and baby foods sold by retail supermarkets and pharmacies in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China.

Under the terms of the agreement, Perrigo acquired 100% of the shares of PBM Holdings for $808 million in cash.

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