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Shaw’s teams with Boston public schools on fitness initiative

BY Michael Johnsen

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Shaw’s and Star Market, Boston Moves for Health and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program on Tuesday announced they are teaming up with Boston Public Schools to support kids’ health through the creation of "Workout Wednesdays," an integrated health and fitness program.

Beginning Oct. 10 and running through the month, Shaw’s will host a Boston Public School class at one of its stores each Wednesday. The program was developed in support of Boston Moves for Health, Boston mayor Thomas Menino’s initiative to improve the health and fitness of the city.

"Boston Moves for Health is all about inspiring lots of little changes in people’s lifestyles that add up to better health for individuals and our city as a whole," Menino said. "We’re grateful to have partners like Shaw’s and Fuel Up to Play 60 that understand that we all have a responsibility to do everything we can to make sure today’s youth grow up to be healthy adults, and I’m excited that this partnership will take our efforts to the next level."

"Supporting health-and-wellness initiatives is important to us at Shaw’s and Star Market,” Shaw’s president Mike Stigers said. "We are excited to be able to join with Mayor Menino on this program to help educate kids on how to be active and eat healthy."

 

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Perrigo launches store-brand nicotine mini lozenges

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Wednesday announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug applications to market over-the-counter nicotine polacrilex mini lozenge USP in both 2-mg and 4-mg strengths. 

The mint-flavored mini lozenge is comparable with GlaxoSmithKline’s Nicorette Mini Lozenge and is indicated to reduce withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving, associated with quitting smoking.

"This approval strengthens Perrigo’s leading store brand position in smoking cessation products, which also includes coated and uncoated flavored gums and lozenges," Joseph Papa, Perrigo’s chairman, president and CEO Joseph Papa said. 

Nicorette Mini Lozenge is selling at an annual rate estimated at more than $30 million across all retail outlets. The product is expected to begin shipping in the next 90 days, Perrigo reported.


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Nipro Diagnostics launches the TruePlus brand, featuring more than 30 diabetes-related products

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nipro Diagnostics on Wednesday announced the introduction of a new portfolio of more than 30 ancillary products targeted to meet the needs of individuals with diabetes. The TruePlus products are designed to offer innovative, affordable solutions for diabetes patients to lead healthier lives.

"Launching the TruePlus products provides us the opportunity to create a diabetes destination strategy leveraging our category expertise for the diabetic patient and their needs," Nipro president and CEO Scott Verner said. "This initiative enables expansion of the True brand and extends its message of exceptional quality and value, while further enhancing our mission of making quality diabetes care solutions more affordable."

The TruePlus line includes fast-acting glucose tablets, shots and gels; ketone strips; diabetic multivitamins; syringes, lancets and lancing devices.


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