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FDA approves Striverdi Respimat spray to treat COPD

BY Ryan Chavis

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration approved Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) inhalation spray for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis and/or in patients with emphysema that are experiencing airflow obstruction, the agency announced. The spray can be used once daily over a long length of time.

“The availability of this new long-term maintenance medication provides an additional treatment options for the millions of Americans who suffer with COPD,” said Curtis Rosebraugh, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

COPD is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult and becomes worse over time. Symptoms include wheezing, cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of the disease, the agency noted.

Striverdi Respimat is distributed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

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Progresso adds a homemade classic to its lineup

BY Ryan Chavis

MINNEAPOLIS — Progresso, a brand from General Mills, announced that it will be expanding its line of products with two new varieties of chili. The chili is ready to eat in under 6 minutes, and makes a perfect meal to satisfy the family, according to the company.

"For those consumers that desire high quality ingredients in their chili, new Progresso Chili comes in two unique flavor variations — Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans and Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans," said Jose Garcia-Herron, Progresso marketing manager. "The new pouch packaging and clear bottom format helps maintain the freshness and flavor and allows you to see the ingredients and quality for yourself."

Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans has Andouille sausage, beef and spices, which are all slow-cooked with tomatoes, onions, green sweet peppers and pinto and red kidney beans. The Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans variety is a blend of all-white meat chicken, white beans, green sweet peppers, tomatillos and onions.

Progresso Chili is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.49 per 20-oz. pouch, which contains 2.5 servings.

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Purina debuts new natural pet food options

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. LOUIS — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. announced the introduction of Purina Beyond, a new natural pet food option. Beyond dry recipes are made with real meat, poultry or fish as the main ingredient. All recipes contain no corn, wheat, soy, poultry by-product meal or added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Purina Beyond is available for dogs and cats in the following varieties:

  • Purina Beyond Simply 9 Dry Dog Food: Ranch-Raised Lamb & Whole Barley Recipe or White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe;
  • Purina Beyond Superfood Blend Dry Dog Food: Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe or Barley, Egg, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Recipe;
  • Purina Beyond Adventure Dry Dog Food: Grain-Free Tuna & Egg Recipe;
  • Purina Beyond Dry Cat Food: White Meat Chicken & Whole Oat Meal Recipe or Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe;
  • Purina Beyond Superfood Blend Dry Cat Food: Herring, Egg & Sweet Potato Recipe or Barley, Egg & Cranberry Recipe;
  • Purina Beyond Grain-Free Dry Cat Food: Ocean Whitefish & Egg Recipe;
  • Purina Beyond Pate Wet Cat Food: Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe, Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe, Grain-Free Trout & Catfish Recipe, Grain-Free Wild Salmon Recipe, Grain-Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe or Grain-Free Ocean Whitefish & Spinach Recipe; and
  • Purina Beyond Gravy Wet Cat Food: Tuna, Herring & Sweet Potato Recipe, Grain-Free Chicken, Beef & Carrot Recipe, Grain-Free Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe, Grain-Free Tuna, Mackerel & Carrot Recipe or Grain-Free Turkey, Spinach & Sweet Potato Recipe.

"Deciding which foods to feed ourselves and our pets is one of the most important decisions that we make every single day," said Jan Dempsey, Purina senior pet nutritionist. "Each Beyond recipe is formulated to optimize the way our real natural ingredients plus essential nutrients come together to deliver excellent nutrition to help pets live long, healthy lives."

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