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Teva’s injunction on introduction of Mylan’s generic Copaxone denied

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — Mylan on Friday announced that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has denied Teva’s application for an injunction seeking to prevent Mylan’s launch of a generic version of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection) pending the Supreme Court’s decision on Teva’s appeal. This is the second time that the Chief Justice has denied Teva’s request for such an injunction. 

In March, the Supreme Court granted Teva’s petition for certiorari seeking clarification of the standard of review that appellate courts should apply when considering appeals relating to the construction of a patent claim. Oral argument is expected to be heard in the fall of 2014.  

"We look forward to introducing the first gene treatment for multiple sclerosis patients in the U.S. at market formation," stated Heather Bresch, Mylan CEO. "Mylan remains eligible to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 25, 2014."

 

 

 

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PAM adds coconut oil spray to the mix

BY Ryan Chavis

OMAHA, Neb. — PAM Cooking Spray, a ConAgra Foods brand, earlier this week announced the introduction of PAM Coconut Oil Spray to it’s lineup.

The spray is made with 100% coconut oil and is ideal for gluten-free cooking, the company said. PAM also cited an Omnibus survey that indicated high consumer interest in the coconut oil spray.

“We have seen a tremendous rise in the popularity of coconut oil over the past year,” said Brittany Lanier, brand manager for PAM. “The addition of PAM Coconut Oil Spray gives consumers a no-fuss alternative to traditional coconut oils for fat-free cooking, while delivering the superior non-stick performance they’ve come to expect from PAM.”

PAM Coconut Oil Spray is now available at Walmart, with additional retail locations to follow. The product comes in 5-oz. cans for a suggested retail price of $4.29.

 

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Dole, Blue Diamond invite consumers to ‘Peel the Love’

BY Ryan Chavis

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Dole, a producer of fruits and vegetables, and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, a brand from Blue Diamond Growers, are launching simultaneous Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tours in 2014. The tour will play up the versatility and fun of bananas and offer new ways to add fresh produce to summer meals, snacks and entertaininment plans, the company said.

“Last year, our Peel the Love Tour took the eating-healthy-can-be-fun message to banana lovers in 10 cities across the country,” said Bil Goldfield, Dole Fresh Fruit Company’s director of corporate communications. “But almost from the start, consumers and retailers wanted more. So, we’re doubling the love in 2014 to help meet untapped demand for recipes, serving suggestions and other tangible ways to put the ‘fun’ back in summer produce.”

Consumers can drop by a Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tour stop and present a grocery receipt showing a Dole Bananas qualifying purchase to receive a complimentary gift, such as a commemorative Dole hat, T-shirt or other branded item.

The separate tours will launch Memorial Day weekend, covering the Eastern and Western parts of the United States. Dole will be able to pay a visit to banana fans in 26 cities by Labor Day. The colorful tour vehicles and "Banana Cabanas" will offer banana recipes, recipe booklets, product samples and banana-themed kid’s activity sheets. A full tour schedule will be posted in April at Dole.com/PeeltheLove.

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