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Onset Dermatologics announces availability of Tretin-X for acne

BY Antoinette Alexander

CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Onset Dermatologics, which makes prescription products for improving skin health, has announced the nationwide availability of Tretin-X (tretinoin, USP) Cream 0.075% for the treatment of acne.

“Tretin-X Cream 0.075% offers dermatologists an option for dosing flexibility with the same elegant cream vehicle as our popular Tretin-X 0.0375%,” stated Robert Moccia, president of Onset Dermatologics and CEO of Precision Dermatology. “Dermatology practitioners might consider Tretin-X 0.075% for an acne patient who is ready to move from a lower concentration of tretinoin to a higher concentration or whose disease severity requires a greater tretinoin strength.”

Tretin-X Cream 0.075% was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013 and has been available in limited geographic areas since November.

"Topical retinoids, such as Tretin-X, are the cornerstone of acne therapy because they reduce inflammation and the formation of comedones, meaning whiteheads and blackheads, which are the hallmark of the disease,” added Hilary Baldwin, associate professor of dermatology at State University of New York – Downstate. “As dermatologists, we know patients will adhere to therapy better when they like the way the product feels. Many of my acne patients with concerns about tolerability prefer a cream vehicle, instead of a gel.”

 

 

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Altria to acquire Green Smoke

BY Ryan Chavis

RICHMOND, Va. — Altria Group on Monday announced that its subsidiary, Nu Mark, agreed to acquire e-vapor business Green Smoke and its affiliates for approximately $110 million in cash and up to $20 million in incentive payments.

“Nu Mark’s entry into the e-vapor category with its MarkTen product was an important development in Altria’s innovation strategy. Adding Green Smoke’s significant e-vapor expertise and experience, along with its supply chain, product lines and customer service, will complement Nu Mark’s capabilities and enhance its competitive position,” Marty Barrington, Altria’s Chairman and CEO, said. “Further, Green Smoke’s culture of innovation and history of producing high-quality products is consistent with Altria’s culture.”

Green Smoke was founded in 2008 and has operations in the United States and Israel. The company has sold e-vapor products since 2009. Its product lines, sold under the Green Smoke e-vapor brand, include both rechargeable and disposable versions.  

“We are very pleased to be joining the Altria family of companies,” said Robert Levitz, Green Smoke’s CEO. “We are dedicated to innovation and believe joining Nu Mark will help us deepen that expertise and create new opportunities for our customers, our employees and our products.”

 

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Menasha Packaging expands Folding Carton Group plant

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEENAH, Wis. — Menasha Packaging has expanded its Folding Carton Group facility in Neenah, Wis., which will mean greater efficiency and faster production, the company has announced.

The expansion added 26,500 square feet to the initial 109,000-square-foot facility, plus 59,000 square feet in warehouse space that includes a new shipping area and receiving area.

The additional space helped management maximize the plant’s layout and flow and further enhance efficiencies. Furthermore, the expansion allowed for the consolidation of equipment from Menasha Packaging’s Morrisville, N.C. folding carton facility, the company stated.

Folding Carton Group employees rearranged most of the plant’s existing machines – including a sheeter, trimmer, three die-cutters and three folder gluers – to make room for equipment relocated from Morrisville, which includes a printing press, die-cutter, folder gluer and other auxiliary equipment. They also enhanced plant equipment in order to increase productivity.

“During the expansion and improvement process, the Folding Carton Group team rebuilt and modified a printing press, which enhanced its efficiency and run speed by 20%,” Jim Synder, Menasha Packaging Folding Carton Group GM, said. “Additional equipment in the plant was also improved during this time, which will allow us to continue exceeding the expectations for our folding carton customers.”

In addition to Folding Carton Group’s improved operational efficiencies, the facility is in the process of adding employees, allowing it to operate a few more pieces of equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week and add additional output.

Menasha Packaging’s Folding Carton Group serves various markets, including food, household and personal care.

 

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