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Clif Bar brings back seasonal flavors iced gingerbread, pecan pie and spiced pumpkin pie

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. – Clif Bar on Tuesday announced the return of its seasonal flavors. Made with a nutritious blend of organic rolled oats and wholesome ingredients, Clif Bar seasonal flavors spread the spirit of giving by donating a portion of proceeds to the not-for-profit organization Protect Our Winters.
 
Now in its 12th year, the limited-edition Clif Bar seasonal lineup includes iced gingerbread, pecan pie and spiced pumpkin pie. All three seasonal flavors are available nationwide while supplies last at a suggested retail price of $1.39.
 
Clif Bar will donate 1% of net seasonal sales to Protect Our Winters, a not-for-profit organization fighting against climate change. Clif Bar and Protect Our Winters are dedicated to educating, engaging and mobilizing the winter sports community to protect the places we play.
 
“Clif Bar’s continued support has a huge impact for us,” said Protect Our Winters founder, Jeremy Jones. “It’s a natural partnership as we are both committed to fight climate change through education, activism and support of community-based initiatives.”
 
Like all Clif Bar flavors, the seasonal offerings are made with 70% organic ingredients and are a good source of protein. All Clif Bar foods have zero grams of trans fat and do not contain partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives. In addition, Clif Bar sources ingredients that are not genetically engineered.
 
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NCPA: Proposed Pa., legislation would hinder patients’ access to biosimilars, burden pharmacists

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Pending legislation in the Pennsylvania state legislature is raising the eyebrows of several industry members, including the National Community Pharmacists Association, whch stated that the legislation in its current form would "severely limit access to more affordable medications, vastly increase overall healthcare costs to Pennsylvania businesses and citizens and add cumbersome reporting requirements on healthcare providers."

In a statement and letter sent to the Pennsylvania legislature, B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the NCPA warned against S.B. 405.

"On behalf of our patients, community pharmacists strongly oppose S.B. 405 in its current form. The legislation is specifically intended to pad the profits of certain large pharmaceutical manufacturers, while sticking the bill to patients and employers and burdening independent community pharmacists with unnecessary regulations.

"Millions of patients have benefitted from cost-savings generally associated with generic prescription drugs and community pharmacists strongly support their appropriate use. Likewise, a new wave of interchangeable biologic products, or biosimilars, is expected to enter the U.S. market in future years and offers significant savings potential to patients and the sponsors of healthcare plans, such as employers.

"S.B. 405 is intended to thwart that outcome by burying pharmacists and other healthcare providers in needless red tape to deter the prescribing and dispensing of cost-saving, interchangeable biosimilars in place of much costlier brand name versions. These new drugs will be required to go through an extensive review and approval process by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is charged with approving medications. The FDA has publicly warned against legislation similar to S.B. 405 in other states due to the potential to undermine biosimilar cost savings, as well as the agency's proven drug approval efforts."

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has noted that its position is similar to NCPA’s and it also opposes S.B. 405
 

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Annie’s goes grass-fed with new line of products

BY Ryan Chavis

BERKELEY, Calif. — Annie's is making its way into a new category with the introduction of Organic Grass Fed Macaroni & Cheese, which is made with cheese from humanely raised cows with year-round access to pasture. 
 
"Annie's is excited to enter the Grass Fed category with an innovative new line of macaroni & cheese," said Amanda Steele, SVP of marketing at Annie's. "We know consumer demand for grass fed products is growing. In fact, 92% of Annie's consumers surveyed noted that they purchase grass fed products, including meat, dairy and yogurt. We expect that they'll be thrilled to see grass-fed cheese in one of their favorite convenient meals."
 
The new grass-fed products will be available in three varieties: Organic Grass Fed Shells & Real Aged Cheddar; Organic Grass Fed Shells & White Cheddar; and Organic Grass Fed Classic Mild Cheddar. Each variety packs 10 g of protein per serving. Consumers can find the products at Whole Foods nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.29. 
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