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Perrigo reports Q2

BY Allison Cerra

ALLEGAN, Mich. — New product sales and the acquisition of Paddock Labs prompted second-quarter net sales to jump 17% to $838 million for Perrigo for fiscal year 2012, the drug maker said.

For the company’s consumer healthcare products segment, net sales rose 10% to $471 million, compared with the year-ago period, thanks to new product sales of $26 million and the diabetes care category, along with an increase in sales of existing products of $20 million.

Meanwhile, the prescription pharmaceuticals segment garnered an 82% increase in second-quarter net sales to $80 million, which was driven by net sales of $69 million from the Paddock Labs acquisition, legacy new product sales of $5 million, market share gains and favorable pricing on select products.

Looking ahead, Perrigo chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said the company is excited about the future and noted the company is planning product launches of generic versions of Mucinex, Prevacid, Delsym and Allegra D12 in the second half of fiscal year 2012.

"The strength across our businesses continued this quarter, driving record results," Papa said. "As we look forward to the second half of fiscal 2012, we expect this strength to continue."

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More fans of P&G’s Vicks said Manning possessed that ‘no sick days’ spirit over Brady

BY DSN STAFF

CINCINNATI — More fans wished New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning well before his Super Bowl win Sunday than fans of the opposing quarterback — New England’s Tom Brady. Responding to a Vicks-branded poll on which of this year’s players will live up to the Vicks’ “no sick days” spirit, 45% of fans named Manning and 35% Brady.

New England’s Rob Gronkowski received the honor of being named Super Bowl XLVI’s toughest player, as fans believe he fully embodied the Vicks’ mantra, “In the NFL there are no sick days,” by playing with a high ankle sprain suffered against the Baltimore Ravens two weeks prior. True to form, Gronkowski gutted it out with two receptions for 26 yards. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Gronkowski was on the field for 45 of New England’s 62 offensive plays, or 72% of the plays.

“Vicks NyQuil and DayQuil are proud to support Super Bowl XLVI to recognize the fans and players who refuse to miss a moment of game day to a cold or flu,” says Michelle Robbins, brand manager of Vicks North America for Procter & Gamble.


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Max-Wellness launches healthcare kiosks, revamps website offering

BY Michael Johnsen

CLEVELAND — Max-Wellness is preparing to introduce its “Wellness-in-a-Box” concept — an automated dispensing device located in a variety of unique venues featuring health-and-wellness products that customers can purchase at any time using a debit or credit card. The concept is slated to make its debut in March, the company stated.

Wellness-in-a-Box is slated to be positioned in airports, urgent care centers, senior living facilities, hotels, casinos and fitness centers. The freestanding, self-service wellness centers will provide a relevant offering of products for head-to-toe care tailored to meet the needs of customers in the venue where it is located.

Max-Wellness also recently launched an expanded e-commerce website at Max-Wellness.com. The e-commerce site offers an assortment of vitamins and supplements and healthcare solutions, an offering that will grow through 2012 with the addition of approximately 1,000 new items each week, the company stated. Max-Wellness expects to field almost 20,000 products by the end of the year.

The company’s Max-Answers knowledge base, available in its stores in the form of a computer tablet or iPad, has been incorporated into the site as well. Visitors to the site can utilize this feature to search the database for self-care information, including health conditions, vitamins and supplements, and drug-nutrient interactions.

Additionally, Max-Answers contains an A-Z index for vitamins, supplements, health conditions, drugs and food; health-related articles and news; food and recipe information; and Vitamin Advisor, a questionnaire that users can fill out to help them determine the best vitamins and supplements for their needs.

"By offering effective answers and accessible solutions to living a healthier, more active lifestyle, this new and improved e-commerce initiative furthers the Max-Wellness customer promise and its mission to provide products and answers for healthy living," stated Michael Feuer, Max-Wellness CEO.

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