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Perrigo to market store-brand smoking-cessation gum

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market a cinnamon-flavored, over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex gum USP in 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

The product will be marketed under store-brand labels and is comparable with GlaxoSmithKline’s Nicorette Cinnamon Surge coated gum, a stop-smoking aid.

"This approval of coated cinnamon nicotine gum extends our leading store-brand position. The expanded range of smoking-cessation products also includes coated mint-flavored gum, coated fruit wave, uncoated gum and lozenges," Perrigo’s chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said.

Nicorette Cinnamon Surge gum is selling at an annual rate estimated at more than $40 million across all retail outlets, Perrigo estimated. The new store-brand smoking-cessation line extension is expected to ship this fall.

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Carex introduces swivel cushion

BY Allison Cerra

OAKLAND, Calif. — Carex Health Brands has introduced a swivel cushion that is designed to help users get in and out of a vehicle or chair.

The molded foam ring cushion is designed to provide pain relief for those with hemorrhoid or prostate-related discomfort, as well as prevent back strain.

Carex’s new swivel cushion is available online and at select retailers, independent pharmacies and drug stores for a suggested retail price of $24.99.

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Schiff Nutrition names scientific advisory board chairman

BY Allison Cerra

SALT LAKE CITY — Schiff Nutrition announced that Richard Carmona, who served at the 17th U.S. surgeon general, has been elected to serve as the company’s scientific advisory board chairman.

“Schiff Nutrition welcomes Dr. Carmona,” Schiff president and CEO Tarang Amin said. “We are forming the scientific advisory board to provide guidance and to facilitate connections for new product ideas and technology platforms. As one of the world’s leading experts in public health, Dr. Carmona believes in the importance of strong nutrition. We are honored he will chair our advisory board as we strive to lead product innovation.”

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