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Exalgo to hit shelves this week

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS The only extended-release formulation of a common opiate painkiller available in the United States hit the shelves this week.

Healthcare products manufacturer Covidien announced the launch of Exalgo (hydromorphone hydrochloride) Monday. The drug is designed to provide all-day pain relief to patients who have developed a tolerance for opiates. The Food and Drug Administration approved Exalgo on March 1.

“As the largest supplier of generic controlled pain medications in the United States, based on number of prescriptions, Covidien is focused on providing patients with access to advanced medications that expand the limits of pain therapy by combining proven drugs with innovative delivery systems,” Covidien president for pharmaceuticals Timothy Wright said in a statement. “With the launch of Exalgo tablets, opioid-tolerant chronic pain patients will be given the option to take one dose each day that provides 24 hours of pain relief and keeps pain waiting.”

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Hannaford cuts the trans fats from private-label products

BY Alaric DeArment

SCARBOROUGH, Maine Hannaford Supermarkets is removing artery-clogging trans fats from its private-label products, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported Monday that Hannaford had removed the fats from nearly 300 food items.

The chain, owned by Belgium-based Delhaize Group, operates 173 stores in New England and New York and employs 27,000 people, according to its Web site.

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Estracell Wedge Edge sponge now available at retailers nationwide

BY Allison Cerra

WALLED LAKE, Mich. Armaly Brands has expanded the distribution of its Estracell Wedge Edge sponge.

The Wedge Edge sponge, a multi-surface, no scratch scrub sponge that features a patent-pending, 30-degree angle shape that reaches deeper into hard-to-get-to corners and crevices, now will be available at such retailers as Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Spartan Stores, Publix.

“Consumer demand has driven retailers to make the Wedge Edge available in outlets nationwide,” said John Armaly Jr., president of Armaly Brands.  “As more consumers discovered the product’s distinctive shape which allowed them to clean those hard-to-get-to areas and experienced the advantages of the Estracell material the demand for the product really took off.  We had reports from buyers telling us that customers were asking for the product which was really a key component in allowing us to secure additional distribution.”

Armaly also is the maker of cleaning products Brillo, Auto Show and Armaly ProPlus.

 

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