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Plastic maker releases packaging innovation to help prevent spread of bacteria

BY Michael Johnsen

SUFFOLK, England M&H Plastics recently introduced new antimicrobial packaging featuring antimicrobial labels for the healthcare industry in an effort to stop the spread of bacterial infections including MRSA, E. Coli, Salmonella and Listeria.

Featuring an ionic silver additive, the label itself helps to inhibit fungal growth and kills more than 99.99 percent of bacteria within 24 hours, and is effective over the lifetime of the product.

It is food-safe and has no effect on the product contents, the company stated.

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King announces acquisition of Alpharma

BY Alaric DeArment

BRISTOL, Tenn. King Pharmaceuticals will acquire Alpharma in a deal worth $1.6 billion, King said Monday.

Alpharma had rejected a $33-per-share bid King made earlier, but accepted the most recent $37-per-share bid.

Alpharma, based in Bridgewater, N.J., has lately sought regulatory approval for painkillers designed to thwart abuse, such as Remoxy, a liquid capsule-based formulation of oxycodone.

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Viagra under investigation for effect on athletes

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating whether the drug Viagra gives athletes a competitive advantage on the playing field.

The drug, known generically as sildenafil citrate and made by Pfizer, works by opening the blood vessels. According to published reports, some experts have said this could give athletes more endurance by increasing the bloodstreams ability to deliver oxygen.

If studies indicate that Viagra does give athletes an advantage, WADA will consider listing it as a performance-enhancing drug.

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