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Perrigo wins unfair competition case

BY Allison Cerra

ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo announced Thursday that it won two favorable jury verdicts against Rexall Sundown in an unfair competition lawsuit that was brought in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.

The jury unanimously found that Perrigo’s statement, used on wholesalers’ and retailers’ store brand packaging for joint care products containing glucosamine and chondroitin, inviting consumers to compare the products with Rexall Sundown’s Osteo Bi-Flex, is not false and misleading and does not violate Section 43 of the Lanham Act.

In addition, the jury ruled in Perrigo’s favor on its false advertising counterclaim against Rexall Sundown under Section 43 of the Lanham Act based on a statement used by Rexall Sundown on packaging from 2006 to 2008. The jury determined that the Rexall Sundown statement was false and misleading and awarded Perrigo damages.

Perrigo’s chairman and CEO Joseph Papa stated, “This verdict is an important victory for store brands, U.S. retailers and consumers. The jury verdict confirms that statements on our wholesalers’ and retailers’ packaging, inviting consumers to compare store brand products to the higher priced national brand products are fair and legal. This kind of statement helps consumers to identify store brand products they want and helps them save as they choose the affordable, high-quality store brand option. We are gratified with this victory as another accomplishment in making quality healthcare more affordable to the U.S. consumer.”

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Jamark adds new product to Surgeon’s Skin Secret line

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS Jamark Labs recently announced the latest addition to its family of outdoor product under the Surgeon’s Skin Secret banner — Quret, a salve to treat minor cuts and irritations, including skin cracks and sunburn, and to soften cuticles.

Other products included as part of the Surgeon’s Skin Secret lineup include beeswax moisturizer, lip conditioner, lip balm, beeswax cream, beeswax lotion and hand sanitizer. The products, which contain more beeswax than most competitor offerings, come unscented or scented and are available from pocket size to family economy containers.

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Survey: Most Americans consider their lifestyles healthy

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON According to a survey released Monday by the American Public Health Association, 85% of Americans characterize their lifestyle as somewhat or very healthy.

“The trend of Americans making healthier lifestyle changes, such as eating better and exercising more, shows that the U.S. population is taking the necessary steps to becoming a healthier nation,” stated Georges Benjamin, executive director of APHA. “Americans need to ‘start small, think big,’ in transforming our nation into a healthier nation. Individuals recognize that their personal changes can result in broader community impact.

“It’s encouraging that many Americans are taking steps towards healthier living, but unfortunately these same adults don’t view our nation as making these same strides,” Benjamin added. “This disconnect shows that we need to commit to promoting good health in our communities, which can create a ripple effect across our neighborhoods, our cities, states and, hopefully, our nation.”

APHA established National Public Health Week, April 5-11, to educate and engage the U.S. public with ways to protect and improve our nation’s health.This year’s theme, A Healthier America: One Community at a Time, encourages communities across the country to commit to making America a healthier nation.

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