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Perrigo launches private label equivalent to Nicorette mini lozenge

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Tuesday announced that it has begun shipments of over-the-counter nicotine polacrilex mini lozenge USP, 2 mg (mint flavor) and 4 mg (mint flavor), comparable to GlaxoSmithKline’s Nicorette mini lozenge. 

"This launch strengthens Perrigo’s leading store brand position in smoking cessation products, which also includes coated and uncoated flavored gums and regular size lozenges," stated Joseph Papa, Perrigo’s chairman, president and CEO. 

Nicorette Mini Lozenge is selling at an annual rate estimated at more than $30 million at all retail outlets, Perrigo stated.


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J&J introduces innovation to diabetes diagnostics and insulin delivery space

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — During its annual business review Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson announced that the recent introduction of the OneTouch Verio Glucose testing platform represented one of the first diabetes care devices to alert and display high/low patterns that deliver more meaningful and actionable insights to help patients better understand and manage their diabetes.

Also, recently acquired Calibra Medical expanded the J&J’s Global Medical Solutions portfolio of insulin delivery innovations with a unique "wearable" insulin patch, which when it is introduced, will make it easier for patients who need an easy-to-administer, meal-time dosing solution.

"Our [medical devices and diagnostics] business is the largest medical technology business in the world with sales of $27.4 billion, which grew 8.7% operationally," stated Alex Gorsky, J&J chairman and CEO. "We’re building on our market leadership positions, having sustained or grown share in the majority of our key platforms, and hold No. 1 or No. 2 positions in over 80% of them today."

Medical devices and diagnostics accounted for about 41% of Johnson & Johnson’s total sales in 2012.


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Three Lansinoh products awarded Parent Tested Parent Approved Seals of Approval

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Lansinoh Laboratories on Tuesday announced that three of its products — Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, Lansinoh mOmma NaturalWave Nipple featuring the mOmma Feeding Bottle, and mOmma Spill-Proof Cup — have been awarded Parent Tested Parent Approved Seals of Approval by PTPA Media. 

“We are extremely honored to have the quality of our products recognized by the Parent Tested Parent Approved organization, on which so many parents depend for great product advice,” stated Kevin Vyse-Peacock, CEO of Lansinoh. “These awards represent Lansinoh’s expanded line of products that offer the best for breastfeeding moms and feeding products for baby from birth through 24 months.”

“Seeing the PTPA Winner’s Seal on a product package or web site helps consumers identify products that have been tested and recommended by other consumers. It’s like shopping with one’s best friend,” stated Sharon Vinderine, PTPA Media CEO.

HPA Lanolin is a medical-grade lanolin that soothes and provides protective relief for sore nipples. It is the No. 1 recommended sore nipple treatment by lactation consultants in the U.S., and since it contains no additives or preservatives and is hypoallergenic, it does not have to be removed prior to feeding, Lansinoh noted. 

The Lansinoh mOmma NaturalWave Nipple featuring the mOmma Feeding Bottle is based on more than 50 years of research and was designed exclusively for breastfeeding babies. It enables them to engage in the same natural sucking rhythms of breastfeeding, so there is less interruption when mom and baby are back together. This natural sucking motion also promotes oral, facial and jaw development, Lansinoh noted. 

When baby is ready to transition to a cup, the mOmma Spill-Proof Cup offers a rocking movement to engage baby and foster development during mealtime. The round ergonomic shape and soft dual handles are designed to allow baby to grasp them easily, and they encourage independent feeding. The closed-system soft spout does not require a valve, saving a step in cleaning and is 100% silicone, which is gentle on developing gums. 


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