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Sergeant’s introduces generic flea, tick treatments

BY Allison Cerra

OMAHA, Neb. — Sergeant’s Pet Care Products will be launching generic versions of popular flea and tick topical treatments next month.

The company said that its generic versions of Frontline Plus, FiproGuard Plus and Pronyl OTC Plus will hit retail in May, providing pet owners with a lower-cost option to keep pets healthy.

"Lower cost means more pets will be protected from the dangers fleas and ticks present," Sergeant’s president and CEO Bob Scharf said. "For more than 140 years, Sergeant’s has been a trusted, reliable source of products to improve and protect pets’ health. These products are one of the many innovative flea and tick products from Sergeant’s. Retailers and consumers are very excited about this addition."

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Impinj to make IPO

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — A company that makes tracking technology for retailers and drug companies is making an initial public offering.

Seattle-based Impinj, which makes ultra-high-frequency radio-frequency identification tags, made the announcement Thursday, saying it had filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed IPO.

Impinj’s tags, which are cheaper and smaller than regular RFID tags, are used by retailers to track inventory and by drug companies to keep counterfeit drugs out of the supply chain.

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Wegmans leaves ‘circle W’ to Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets and Walgreens have agreed to settle the lawsuit commenced by Walgreens in November 2010 in which the drug store chain claimed that certain Wegmans logos infringed Walgreens trademarks, the supermarket chain announced Friday.

According to Wegmans, the grocer agreed to discontinue the use of the “circle W” symbol on its Wegmans brand product packaging by June 30, 2012. Wegmans retained the right to freely use the name “Wegmans” in script, as well as its other marks. Wegmans did not admit liability as part of the settlement.

“The cost of making relatively minor changes to a limited number of products was much less than the cost of litigating this case to the end,” Wegmans director of media relations Jo Natale said. “We wanted to return to a logo we had used many decades ago. There was never any intent on our part to make our products or logos resemble those of Walgreens.”

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