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Blacksmith Brands acquires five McNeil OTC brands, inks deal with The Emerson Group

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Blacksmith Brands on Friday announced that it had completed its acquisition of five over-the-counter consumer brands from McNeil, including Efferdent denture cleaner, Effergrip denture adhesive cream, Luden’s throat drops, Pediacare children’s cough-and-cold medicine and Gentle Vapors waterless vaporizer, and Nasalcrom, a nasal allergy relief spray.

Concurrent with this acquisition, Blacksmith Brands has announced a key business and equity partnership with The Emerson Group. The Emerson Group, a sales and marketing company located in Wayne, Pa., will provide sales and sales management services.

“We are pleased and proud to have The Emerson Group as our partner not only in the operation of our business, but as an equity partner in our new company,” stated Peter Mann, Blacksmith CEO. “We believe that the Emerson Group will be a key catalyst in our plans to grow Blacksmith Brands into a major consumer products company.

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Donnenfeld joins Advanced Vision Research

BY Michael Johnsen

WOBURN, Mass. Advanced Vision Research named Eric Donnenfeld to the post of chief medical officer.

“Donnenfeld is one of the pre-eminent ophthalmologists practicing today with a broad scope of experience and knowledge,” stated Leigh Reynolds, Advanced Vision COO. “He is a key thought leader who will play a critical role for Advanced Vision Research as we move forward with new product research and development,” he said.

Donnenfeld has been a leader in ophthalmology for more than 20 years, the eye-care company stated. He is on the editorial board of nine medical journals, and is one of the authors of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Refractive Surgery Basic Science Book. Donnenfeld graduated with honors at the top of his class at Dartmouth Medical School.  He was chief resident at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital and he completed his Cornea and Refractive Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

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PDS Health launches diabetes, heart disease monitoring and management service

BY Michael Johnsen

JUPITER, Fa. PDS Health on Monday announced the launch of wireless hardware diagnostics that work seamlessly with MDMonitor.com online software to monitor diabetes and heart disease.

“The name of the new wireless device is Celemonitor and it can submit the readings from patients’ glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and scales from anywhere,” the company stated.

The readings and data pertaining to the patient’s health is collected to MDMonitor.com and a designated caregiver can access the data.

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