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Abbott introduces Similac SimplySmart baby bottle

BY Allison Cerra

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott has introduced a new BPA-free baby bottle, which includes several innovative features that are designed to improve the bottle-feeding experience.

The Similac SimplySmart bottle is designed for easy reading, cleaning and filling and includes the following features: an EasyMix mixing device designed to reduce bubbles and clumps; a Similac On-The-Go powder cap that can enough formula for an 8-oz. bottle; an Intellivent venting system to minimize a baby’s air intake; a SmartClose that prevents leaks and a naturally shaped nipple.

The Similac SimplySmart bottle is available for purchase nationwide online and in stores, including Target and Walmart.


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Perrigo reports Q2

BY Allison Cerra

ALLEGAN, Mich. — New product sales and the acquisition of Paddock Labs prompted second-quarter net sales to jump 17% to $838 million for Perrigo for fiscal year 2012, the drug maker said.

For the company’s consumer healthcare products segment, net sales rose 10% to $471 million, compared with the year-ago period, thanks to new product sales of $26 million and the diabetes care category, along with an increase in sales of existing products of $20 million.

Meanwhile, the prescription pharmaceuticals segment garnered an 82% increase in second-quarter net sales to $80 million, which was driven by net sales of $69 million from the Paddock Labs acquisition, legacy new product sales of $5 million, market share gains and favorable pricing on select products.

Looking ahead, Perrigo chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said the company is excited about the future and noted the company is planning product launches of generic versions of Mucinex, Prevacid, Delsym and Allegra D12 in the second half of fiscal year 2012.

"The strength across our businesses continued this quarter, driving record results," Papa said. "As we look forward to the second half of fiscal 2012, we expect this strength to continue."

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More fans of P&G’s Vicks said Manning possessed that ‘no sick days’ spirit over Brady

BY DSN STAFF

CINCINNATI — More fans wished New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning well before his Super Bowl win Sunday than fans of the opposing quarterback — New England’s Tom Brady. Responding to a Vicks-branded poll on which of this year’s players will live up to the Vicks’ “no sick days” spirit, 45% of fans named Manning and 35% Brady.

New England’s Rob Gronkowski received the honor of being named Super Bowl XLVI’s toughest player, as fans believe he fully embodied the Vicks’ mantra, “In the NFL there are no sick days,” by playing with a high ankle sprain suffered against the Baltimore Ravens two weeks prior. True to form, Gronkowski gutted it out with two receptions for 26 yards. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Gronkowski was on the field for 45 of New England’s 62 offensive plays, or 72% of the plays.

“Vicks NyQuil and DayQuil are proud to support Super Bowl XLVI to recognize the fans and players who refuse to miss a moment of game day to a cold or flu,” says Michelle Robbins, brand manager of Vicks North America for Procter & Gamble.


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