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Oral-B, dental expert Jonathan Levine partner to improve America’s oral health

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Oral-B is teaming up with dental expert Jonathan Levine to encourage people to "power up" their oral health routine, while addressing the urgent need for oral health care in select areas of the United States.

While many Americans have a healthy mouth, there are more than 47 million people in the U.S. who live in places where it is difficult to access dental care, the manufacturer said. Through Levine’s nonprofit organization, Glo Good, Oral-B will help provide basic dental cleanings, dental care products and education to underserved Americans.

"I recently provided oral health screenings, treatments and services to hundreds of genocide survivors and their children in Rwanda. I believe everyone deserves to have a healthy smile, to be empowered by their smile, and to have the knowledge to manage their own oral health," Levine said. "This year, by joining forces with Oral-B, a worldwide leader in the brushing market, we are able to help Americans take charge of their oral health by providing them with essential oral care services, products and education."

The Oral-B Professional Care Smart Series power toothbrush line uses oscillating-rotating-pulsating technology to attack sticky plaque from multiple directions, providing more plaque-disrupting movements than regular manual brushes and the leading sonic technology toothbrush, the company said.

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Oct-11-2012 10:12 pm

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AccuDial launches line of Go-Green children’s cough and cold products

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — AccuDial Pharmaceutical recently launched four products as part of its Go-Green pediatric liquid cough-cold lineup that features dosing information on a rotating label, a larger 6-point font and a dosing cup that’s shrink-wrapped to the top of the container.

The cough-cold product lineup includes a cherry-flavored children’s daytime cough and cold formulated with dextromethorphan and phenylephrine. For allergy sufferers there is the children’s allergy that’s formulated with diphenhydramine HCl and comes in a bubblegum flavor. Children’s chest congestion is formulated with guaifenesin and flavored grape. Also in grape flavor is Children’s Nite Time cold and cough, formulated with diphenhydramine and phenylephrine.


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Costco ends year with strong sales, earnings

BY Allison Cerra

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco reported fourth-quarter sales of $31.5 billion, an increase of 14% from $27.6 billion for the same period last year.

Net income for the quarter was $609 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, compared with $478 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.

Comparable-store sales, excluding fuel, rose 6% at U.S. stores, 7% internationally and 6% for the total company.

Net sales for the 53-week fiscal year 2012 were nearly $97.1 billion, an increase of 12% from about $87.1 billion in the prior fiscal year. Total comps for the year were up 6%.

Net income for the year was $1.7 billion, or $3.89 per diluted share, compared with about $1.5 billion, or $3.30 per diluted share, during fiscal year 2011.

Costco ended its 2012 fiscal year with 608 warehouses in operation, including 439 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United Kingdom, 13 in Japan, nine in Taiwan, eight in Korea, and three in Australia.

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