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FDA approves Lannett tension headache drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PHILADELPHIA — The Food and Drug Administration has granted regulatory approval for a generic drug to treat tension headaches.

Lannett announced the approval of butalbital, acetaminophen and caffeine tablets in the 50-mg/325-mg/40-mg strength. the drug is a generic version of Watson Pharmaceuticals’ Fioricet.

Branded and generic versions of the drug had sales of $30 million during the 12-month period ended in July, including $15 million for branded Fioricet. Lannett plans to start shipping its version next month, the company said.


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Flirt debuts new packaging

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — A functional beverage for women has undergone a packaging revamp.

Flirt energy drink has been rolled out in a redesigned Rexam 12-oz. Sleek can. The can features enhanced graphics for a more vibrant retail presentation. The company also said its decision to use Rexam Sleek cans was their shape ties into the functionality of Flirt, and the cans are a sustainable packaging choice.

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with Flirt and help them rollout their enhanced energy drink brand," Rexam Beverage Can North America president and CEO Rich Grimley said. "Our Sleek can is the perfect packaging solution, building their brand while delivering superior recycling benefits, as well as distribution and retail display economics."

Flirt Energy Drink currently is available at select retailers across the East coast.

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Campbell’s brings soup portfolio to new level

BY Allison Cerra

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell’s is bringing modern epicurean offerings to the table.

The company said it is expanding its lineup of soups that are bolder and appeal to diverse palates. The latest innovations include:

  • Six new Campbell’s Go soups, which draw inspiration from global cuisines. The soups, packaged in convenient, microwavable pouches, are available in such varieties as Moroccan-style chicken with chickpeas soup and coconut curry with chicken and shiitake mushrooms soup;

  • Campbell’s Chunky brand is rolling out three new varieties: Jammin’ Jerk chicken with rice and beans, Kickin’ Buffalo-style chicken and chipotle chicken and corn chowder;

  • Four new Campbell’s gourmet bisques, which provide complex layers of on-trend flavor combinations, including sweet potato tomatillo and Thai tomato coconut;

  • Campbell’s Slow Kettle style soups has added two new soup varieties: Kickin’ crab and sweet corn chowder with flame-roasted onions and cayenne pepper and roasted chicken and chardonnay with fire-roasted tomatoes, aged parmesan and pasta; and

  • Campbell’s line of condensed soups now includes sun-ripened yellow tomato soup, which builds on the success of last year’s introduction of harvest orange tomato soup.

"With bolder, more vibrant flavors and contemporary packaging, we’re upping the ante with our new soup offerings," Campbell North America president Mark Alexander said. "Campbell is reframing what soup means, with a variety of new choices that tempt the taste buds and fit the lifestyle of the millennial generation and beyond. This is the new face and flavor of Campbell Soup Co."

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