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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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MusclePharm launches MMA Elite supplement line at Walmart

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER — MusclePharm on Thursday announced its MMA Elite supplements powered by MusclePharm now are available in select Walmart stores. With the new partnership between MMA Elite — a mixed-martials arts brand licensed by Ultimate Brand Management — and MusclePharm, the new supplement line will be released in the Las Vegas area first and will then spread nationwide.

The first two products to be featured are Perform Elite, a pre-workout product, and Recover Elite, a post-workout supplement, at a suggested retail price of $19.97 each.

MMA Elite powered by MusclePharm is a supplement line that will feature formulations from MusclePharm, a sports nutrition company that also is the official nutritional supplement provider of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. MMA Elite is a clothing brand that is available exclusively at Walmart and also is a UFC partner.

"We want to make sure our brand is in the position to cover and be available to consumers on every retail level of the sports nutrition market. Walmart customers have enjoyed the MMA Elite clothing brand for a number of years and now we are thrilled to bring them a high-quality sports nutrition line," stated MusclePharm CEO Brad Pyatt.

 


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