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FDA to expand Plan B availability to 17-year-olds

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday informed Duramed Research, manufacturer of Plan B, that it may market the emergency contraceptive without a prescription to women age 17 years and older, following submission and approval of the appropriate application.

Currently, the emergency contraceptive Plan B is available behind the pharmacy counter for women over the age of 18, but as a prescription-only product for women 17 years old and younger.

The FDA decision came within the 30 days mandated by a federal court to permit the Plan B drug sponsor to make Plan B available to women 17 and older without a prescription.

“The government will not appeal this decision,” the FDA stated. “In accordance with the court’s order, and consistent with the scientific findings made in 2005 by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,  FDA notified the manufacturer of Plan B informing the company that it may … market Plan B without a prescription to women 17 years of age and older.”

Plan B is manufactured by Duramed Research, which was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in December as part of its acquisition of Barr Pharmaceuticals.

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Supervalu exec honored for raising heart disease awareness

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu EVP and CFO Pamela Knous on Monday received the Award of Meritorious Achievement from the American Heart Association, the grocer announced.

The award, presented during the Association’s Lobby Day activities in Washington, recognizes Knous for her successful fundraising efforts in support of Go Red For Women, AHA’s program aimed at educating women about the risk factors for heart disease and urging them to take action to reduce their personal risk.

Knous served as the campaign chair for the 2008 Twin Cities Go Red For Women campaign. In this role, she led the charge to raise funds throughout the community to support local cardiovascular research and educational programs designed to drive home the message that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and to inspire women to commit to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Under her leadership, a record $1.3 million was raised by the Twin Cities campaign alone, a sum that included Supervalu’s contribution of $50,000.

“As I accept this award, I accept on behalf of everyone who helped us achieve these record campaigns,” Knous said. “But I also accept it on behalf of every single person anywhere who has made a financial commitment to the American Heart Association – through personal donations, participation in AHA and Go Red Fundraising events, or prompted their own companies to get involved in the fight.”

As a result of Knous’ involvement and leadership, and because health and nutrition is one of Supervalu’s designated areas of focus for its charitable giving and volunteer activities, Supervalu has signed on as a national supporter of Go Red For Women through 2011.

“I want to thank the American Heart Association for the opportunity to be an advocate for Go Red For Women and for cardiovascular health,” Knous said. “I am enthusiastic about this cause – I believe that Go Red For Women has the power to capture the energy and passion of women. We as women can grab onto the Go Red For Women initiative and educate the people we love. Together, we can make a difference in women’s heart health for ourselves and for future generations.”

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare wants Americans to enjoy ‘the great outdoors’

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. McNeil Consumer Healthcare and the National Park Foundation on Monday announced a partnership designed to encourage everyone, including people with allergies, to pledge to spend more time enjoying outdoor moments with friends and family.

To kick off the campaign, Discovery Channel’s international explorer and wilderness survival expert, Josh Bernstein, set up camp at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 17, reminding people that spring is the perfect time to start enjoying the outdoors, and camping is a great way to do just that.

“We are proud to partner with the National Park Foundation to protect our parks and encourage everyone to visit these very special places,” stated Jorge Leon, Benadryl product director. “We understand that for people with allergies, enjoying time in one of America’s National Parks, or any outdoor destination, may take just a little more planning, but the outdoor moments you enjoy with friends and family make it worth it.”

As part of the partnership, McNeil is donating $200,000 to the NPF. In addition, until June 15, a $1 donation will be made each time someone visits www.BenadrylMoments.com and enters a unique promotion code found on specially marked packages of Benadryl. Consumers are also encouraged to visit www.BenadrylMoments.com where they can pledge to enjoy a moment outdoors.

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