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Bayer Diabetes Care updates devices under National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program

BY Michael Johnsen

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. Bayer Diabetes Care has successfully completed certification of its A1CNow+ and A1CNow Selfcheck devices under a tighter performance certification standard that went into effect Jan. 1.

The new performance certification standards applicable to devices that measure A1C (or glycated hemoglobin) as set by the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) changed to +/-0.75% A1C, 95% CI, 4-10.0% A1C range.

Bayer received a new NGSP certificate valid from July 1, 2010 through July 1, 2011.  The previous criteria for last year’s NGSP certification was +/-0.85% A1C, 95% CI, 4-12.0% A1C range.

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Vitamin Shoppe reports 12.3% sales jump in Q2

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. Vitamin Shoppe on Thursday posted a 12.3% lift in sales for its second quarter ended June 26. Sales reached $192.2 million.

“2010 started strong and that momentum continued into the second quarter,” stated Rick Markee, Vitamin Shoppe chairman and CEO. “Comparable-store sales for the second quarter of 2010 increased 8.6%, making this our 19th consecutive quarter of comparable same-store sales growth,” he said. 

Much of that same-store sales performance can be attributed to the maturing of the retailer’s store base, Markee told analysts Thursday morning. Approximately 40% of the Vitamin Shoppe store base is less than four years old, he said. However, mature stores are experiencing positive comps as well, he added.

The company operated 463 stores as of June 26, compared with 425 stores in the same quarter last year.

In an update on its 2010 outlook, Vitamin Shoppe expected to now spend approximately $22 million in total capital expenditures, which should bring the new store count for the year to 46 from 42. 

The company expected comparable-store sales growth for the remainder of the year in line with industry growth in the mid-single digits.

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Report: J&J’s Lancaster, Pa., plant under fire

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK A third Johnson & Johnson manufacturing facility has come under Food and Drug Administration scrutiny following an inspection, according to published reports.

J&J confirmed it had received a Form 483 from the FDA regarding its Lancaster, Pa., plant, which is a joint venture between J&J and Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals that manufacturers the heartburn remedy Pepcid.

J&J also revealed the company had received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia during its conference call on Tuesday, though declined to provide more information on that matter.

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