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Patent protecting Mission Pharmacal’s dual-iron formulated supplement upheld

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO — Mission Pharmacal Co. on Tuesday announced that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has issued a consent judgment confirming the validity of its dual-iron patent (U.S. Pat. No. 6,521,247) at the conclusion of the lawsuit filed against Virtus Pharmaceuticals.  
 
“Mission Pharmacal stands behind our patent covering our Ferr-Ease dual-iron delivery system in our popular CitraNatal family of prenatal vitamins,” said Lee Cusenbary, general counsel, Mission Pharmacal. “The consent judgment supports our continued belief in the validity of the patent in all respects.” 
 
This consent judgment preserves the exclusive high-quality prenatal vitamin formulation used in the CitraNatal supplements. The patent protects CitraNatal’s use of a specific combination of iron that combats iron deficiency anemia before, during and after pregnancy. 
 
“The patented dual-iron formulation used in Mission’s CitraNatal supplements helps pregnant women get the iron they need, yet it is gentle on the gastrointestinal system,” said Nancy Price, senior product manager, CitraNatal, Mission Pharmacal. “We have designed the complete CitraNatal line of science-based, quality-focused supplements with a woman’s nutritional support and convenience in mind.” 
 
Mission Pharmacal has successfully asserted its dual-iron patent before. In 2013, PureTek Corporation consented to a judgment that recognized the validity of the ‘247 patent and classified its generic prenatal vitamins as infringing. In 2010, two other sources of generic substitutes for patented CitraNatal supplements withdrew from the market once faced with a patent infringement lawsuit. 
 
“We will continue to protect the ‘247 patent with equal vigor against any infringing products,” Cusenbary said.
 
The patented formulation is incorporated in CitraNatal Harmony, CitraNatal Assure, CitraNatal 90 DHA, CitraNatal DHA, CitraNatal B-Calm and CitraNatal basic, as well as Mission’s Ferralet 90  prescription iron supplement. Mission Pharmacal retains exclusive use of the protected formulation featured in the CitraNatal and Ferralet 90 products until 2020. 
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ECRM unveils revamped website

BY Antoinette Alexander

SOLON, Ohio — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing has announced the launch of its new website, which offers visitors a fresh look, improved navigation and intuitive functionality.

With the redesign of ecrm.marketgate.com, all of the ECRM tools are still available and have been upgraded to make the buying and selling process more efficient.

“The enhanced features give our clients an easier way to access essential event information while also providing news about the latest happenings within the buying and selling community. This website revamp falls perfectly in line with the organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance quality, but most of all, designed with the goal to give our clients the resources they need to make their job easier,” said Kurt Repola, chief architect at ECRM.

ECRM’s website enhancements include:

  • Streamlined appearance across all pages;
  • Redesigned homepage providing a simplified message;
  • Reconfigured My MarketGate to improve ease of use;
  • Event pages are easier to navigate and the information is refined for a more direct message;
  • Simplified the registration process;
  • The online preparation site is completely revamped to help users prepare for events more efficiently; and
  • Industry contacts reworked for a better user experience.

“We’re committed to our client community and our redesigned website offers a better online experience where preparing for an event or utilizing our tools is a seamless experience,” Repola said.

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Wegmans raises more than $300,000 for United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

BY Michael Johnsen

BUFFALO, N.Y. — During the month of September, Wegmans cashiers asked customers to make a small donation to the United Way in its Buffalo Division, which includes Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Jamestown and Erie, Pa. The scan campaign allows customers to donate $1, $2, $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, United Way of Erie, Pa., United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, and the United Way of Niagara County.
 
“We’re grateful to our customers and employees for recognizing the vital role that the United Way plays in our community,” said Mike Keating, SVP, Buffalo Wegmans Food Markets. “We have such a generous community in Western New York and Erie, Pa., and these results are an example of that.”
 
The United Way has recognized three specific areas to address in the Western New York community: education, income and health-and-wellness; $311,420 raised from this campaign will help make positive changes in those key community indicators.
 
"Once again, Wegmans has proven its place as one of our most community-minded companies," said Michael Weiner, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County president and CEO. "Improving our community is at the heart of what they do every day, and they are consistently able to inspire their customers to join them in making a difference — and for that we are truly grateful."
 
The United Way scan campaign at Wegmans has raised more than $1.2 million dollars in the Buffalo Division since it began in 2010.
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