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Report: PhRMA’s lobbying efforts total more than $5 million in Q3

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK The pharmaceutical lobby spent more than $5 million lobbying the government during the third quarter, according to published reports.

Based on a filing with the government, BusinessWeek reported that the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America spent $5.2 million lobbying on issues ranging from healthcare legislation to drug importation and marketing.

This compared with $6.8 million in third quarter 2009, according to the magazine.

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Elmer’s takes glue products to the ‘max’

BY Allison Cerra

COLUMBUS, Ohio Elmer’s is extending its hardware line with two new "max" versions of its glue products.

Elmer’s new Carpenter’s Wood Glue Max and Glue-All Max products enhance the strength and performance of two of Elmer’s most well-known brands, the company said.

Elmer’s products are available nationwide.

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Bendaroos help kids bend, stretch imagination

BY Allison Cerra

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. Budget-conscious parents looking to entertain their kids this holiday season can look no further than Allstar Products Group’s Bendaroos.

Bendaroos, the flexible, bending sticks that provide hours of fun, now are available in glow-in-the-dark and SpongeBob SquarePants packs. Available in a 500-piece pack for $19.99 and 300-piece pack for $14.99, Bendaroos are a great stocking stuffer for crafty kids. Other pack sizes available include 100- and 200-piece packs for $5.99 to $9.99.

"We understand families are still cautious when it comes to holiday spending, and we’re proud to offer a quality, creative play experience that engages children and doesn’t break the bank," said Anne Flynn, VP marketing for Allstar Products Group.

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