Valeant buys OTC, generic drug maker
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. A U.S. drug maker has bought a manufacturer of branded generics and OTC products in Brazil.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International announced Friday that it had bought the company for $28 million. The company, which was not named in Valeant’s statement on the matter, mostly makes dermatology drugs and had annual sales of around $19 million in 2009.
“We are excited to advance our dermatology presence in the Brazilian market, which is one of the leading dermatology markets worldwide,” Valeant chairman and CEO J. Michael Pearson said. “This acquisition gets us closer to building the critical mass we need in the Brazilian pharmaceutical market.”
Humphreys appointed SQM manager at Perrigo
ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo on Wednesday promoted Rachel Humphreys to manager of supplier quality management for its U.S. sites.
Prior to becoming SQM manager, Humphreys most recently worked as a senior auditor in Perrigo’s compliance group and led the formation and development of the global quality auditor network.
In her new role, Humphreys will be responsible for developing and implementing a harmonized process in raw material and component supplier quality management across Perrigo’s U.S. Consumer Healthcare sites.
‘Life…supplemented’ continues wellness campaign with photo contest
WASHINGTON The “Life…supplemented” consumer wellness initiative on Tuesday launched its America’s Wellness Challenge Photo Contest, the second of three online promotions created to encourage Americans to get serious and take action to meet their health goals in 2010.
From March 16 through April 12, “Life…supplemented” is inviting Americans to channel their imagination and dedication to getting healthy with a chance to win one of six prizes, including one grand prize of $1,000 and a year’s supply of multivitamins.
“Leading a healthy lifestyle begins with getting educated and making the time,” stated Barbara Dehn, a registered nurse and advisor to the “Life…supplemented” program. “America’s Wellness Challenge is designed to motivate consumers to make small changes to improve their wellness regimens. … Now is the time to stop making excuses, get healthier, and potentially win a prize for making it a priority.”
In addition to the America’s Wellness Challenge Photo Contest grand prize, two top finalists will each receive $250, a Nintendo Wii console and Wii Fit Plus and three runners-up will each receive a $100 SpaFinder gift certificate. Entries will be judged on clarity of expression, relevance to topic, and creativity/originality.
Additionally, an important component of America’s Wellness Challenge and the entire “Life…supplemented” campaign is to urge consumers to participate in online social networks that focus on wellness. Consumers can receive motivational health tips and updates on “Life…supplemented” and America’s Wellness Challenge via Twitter (@wannaBwell) and Facebook. For more information on the three pillars of health and to enter the contest, visit www.lifesupplemented.org.