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Sandoz launches generic Tobi

BY Ryan Chavis

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz on Monday announced the introduction of tobramycin inhalation solution, USP into the U.S. market. The drug is an authorized generic version of Tobi from Novartis.

The drug is used for the management of cystic fibrosis in patients whose lungs contain bacteria called P. aeruginosa, the company said. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. It's estimated that 30,000 children and adults in the United States suffer from the disease.

"We are proud to bring the authorized generic of Tobi to the patients with cystic fibrosis,” said Peter Goldschmidt, president of Sandoz US. “As part of the Novartis Group, we work together to increase patient access to leading treatments in the most efficient and effective way possible.”

Sales for the the branded version of tobramycin inhalation solution, USP were approximately $241 million for the 12 months ended April 2014, according to IMS Health. Sandoz will be marketing the drug in 300-mg single-dose ampules, the same size and strength that is currently being marketed by the brand.

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Pure Encapsulations launches line of probiotics using freeze-drying technology

BY Michael Johnsen

SUDBURY, Mass. — Pure Encapsulations recently launched PureBiOme, a line of probiotics using proprietary PureBiOme freeze-drying technology, which enables probiotics to maintain potency when combined with active ingredients for the first time. 
 
“The proprietary freeze-drying technology implemented for the PureBiOme line limits the water activity within the capsule, keeping the organisms in a quiescent, yet stable state,” said Juniper Devecis, director of product development at Pure Encapsulations. “This is critical in order to effectively combine probiotic bacterial strains with other active ingredients that would otherwise negatively impact their viability.” 
 
The PureBiOme product line offers four formulas that each combine a 4-strain blend of probiotics with a selection of active ingredients, including Saccharomyces boulardii (helps lessen occasional diarrhea), l-glutamine (gastorintestinal comfort), broccoli concentrate (liver cell health) or cranberry extract (genitourinary support) for condition-specific support, the company noted. 
 

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Warrell Corp. to debut Flipsticks bars

BY Ryan Chavis

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Warrell Corp., a family owned manufacturer of candies and snacks, announced the introduction of Flipsticks Taffy bars.

The soft-chew taffy was originally known as "Lipsticks," but was rebranded as "Flipsticks" in the mid 1990's to appeal to a broader demographic. The taffy bars are available in Wild Cherry, Sour Apple Green, Watermelon and Sour Blue Raspberry.

"With the addition of the new bar format, the two different shapes and sizes provide differnet price points to capitalize on Flipsticks multitudes of fans, expanding the brand's appeal even further," said Richard Warrell, VP sales and marketing for the Warrell Corp.

The half-ounce bars are available in 36-ct. trays and 100-ct. changemaker tubs, making the product ideal for shelf and countertop retailing, the company said.

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