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Perrigo receives FDA approval for generic Monistat-1 Combination Pack

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug application for over-the-counter miconazole nitrate vaginal cream and suppository, a generic to Monistat-1 Combination Pack, and expects to begin shipping immediately.

Annual sales of Monistat-1 totaled approximately $90 million and is indicated for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections and for the relief of external itching and irritation they cause, Perrigo reported.

Perrigo was the first to file an ANDA containing a Paragraph IV certification, and the resulting patent litigation filed by Johnson & Johnson previously was dismissed. Perrigo’s approval included 180 days of generic marketing exclusivity.

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Zymaderm now available at Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

BOISE, Idaho Naturopathix on Wednesday announced that its homeopathic remedy Zymaderm for relief of molluscum contagiosum symptoms has expanded distribution through national retailer Walgreens from Amazon.com and independents.

Molluscum contagiosum is a contagious skin infection caused by a virus that is a member of the poxvirus family. Symptoms can include raised, warty lesions, and the infection accounts for approximately 1% of all diagnoses of skin disorders, Naturopathix reported.

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Lifeway Kefir featured in ‘Sex and the City 2’

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO Lifeway Kefir, a probiotic beverage made by Lifeway Foods, will be featured as a product placement in the “Sex and the City 2” movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker, the company announced Tuesday.

Abottle of Lifeway Kefir can be seen in the kitchen of the fictional character Miranda Hobbes (played by Cynthia Nixon) in one scene in the movie. “[Even some] 10 years ago, Lifeway Kefir was a niche product,” stated Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway CEO. “Today it’s mainstream. Nothing makes that clearer than seeing it in a movie like ‘Sex and the City 2’ with stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and a pedigree that includes six years of top TV ratings,” she added. “This is excellent exposure for our brand among one of our primary target audiences – health-minded women in the 25-54 age bracket. It’s hard to imagine a better fit for a movie placement.”

In addition to its line of Lifeway Kefir, the company also recently introduced Green Kefir with Phytoboost, a beverage that includes the same 10 live probiotic cultures as its regular kefir plus the antioxidant power of 10 green vegetables and green tea extract in a single serving. These newest kefirs are available in kiwi passion fruit and pomegranate acai blueberry flavors with 80 mg of plant-based polyphenols.

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