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Concepts in Health defends MidNite Sleep Remedy patent

BY Michael Johnsen

BLAUVELT, N.Y. — Concepts in Health on Wednesday reported it successfully has defended its MidNite Sleep Remedy patent from possible infringement by Contract Pharmacal, which had been manufacturing a store-brand version.

According to Concepts, Contract Pharmacal agreed to discontinue manufacturing and selling CVS Natural Sleep Aid or any substantially similar product. Additionally, CPC will not challenge the validity or enforceability of the MidNite patent (U.S. Patent 6,703,412).

“We are deeply gratified by the outcome of this settlement,” stated Holly Rosenthal, Concepts president. “We will continue to vigorously protect our intellectual property at whatever cost.”

Under the terms of the agreement, CPC did not admit liability for infringement of, or to the validity or enforceability of, the ‘412 patent. Financial and other terms of the settlement were not disclosed.


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Pharmacy drive-throughs get green makeover

BY Alaric DeArment

Retailers can find myriad ways to reduce their carbon footprints, but one way has become a common feature: the drive-through lane.

Over the past few years, Cincinnati-based E.F. Bavis and Associates has a number of drive-through systems designed to preserve the convenience of drug delivery by car window while also helping drug stores use less energy and produce less carbon dioxide.


Last month, the company introduced the Bavis Solar Transaction Drawer, a modification of its original, nonsolar drawer. The drawer is designed to eliminate problems at drive-through windows, such as the inability to reach items and poor audio communication, in addition to requiring little maintenance and fewer replacement parts. Virtually every component of the drawer is recyclable and made in the United States.


Last September, the company introduced the Bavis Solar Captive Carrier TransTrax conveyor delivery system, a solar-powered version of the original TransTrax, designed to replace pneumatic tube systems, which the company said produce nearly 3,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year. The solar TransTrax, E.F. Bavis said, can save users about $6,000 over a 10-year period.

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GMA adds health and nutrition talent

BY Mike Troy

WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has named Robert Burns as VP health and nutrition policy.

Burns most recently was owner of Nutrition Implications, a consulting firm focused on helping companies develop strategic approaches to nutrition and health, including engagement with external stakeholders and development of research and communications initiatives.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Burns to GMA,” GMA CEO Pam Bailey said. “Health and nutrition policy is critically important to GMA and its member companies and Dr. Burns clearly has the scientific expertise and proven leadership skills to take our work in this area to an even higher level of success.”

Prior to founding Nutrition Implications, Burns held nutrition leadership roles at Cadbury Schweppes and Mead Johnson where he worked with cross-functional business and technical partners to develop and execute nutrition and wellness strategies.

“I am thrilled to join the GMA team,” Burns said. “GMA’s accomplishments and leadership in the health and nutrition policy arena are truly impressive and I look forward to working with the GMA staff and its member companies to build on that record of success.”

Burns will report to Leon Bruner, GMA’s SVP for scientific and regulatory affairs and chief science officer.

Burns has a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and a B.S. in biochemistry, both from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Subsequent to his graduate studies, he conducted postdoctoral research fellowships at Nottingham University, U.K., and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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