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Pharmavite names CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. Pharmavite on Tuesday named Doug MacLean as the company’s new CEO.

MacLean comes to Pharmavite from TalkingRain, a Seattle-based beverage company focused on health-conscious consumers, providing natural waters and functional beverages, where he most recently served as CEO.  During his tenure, he led the organization from a start-up to a successful, independent beverage company.

At Pharmavite, McLean’s strategic priorities will include accelerating the growth of new products in the United States in conjunction with Pharmavite’s parent company, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Corporation, and maintaining a continued focus on the financial health and effectiveness of Pharmavite’s overall business.

MacLean officially will join Pharmavite June 1.

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Abbott receives regulatory approval for FreeStyle Lite test strips

BY Allison Cerra

ALAMEDA, Calif. The Food and Drug Administration approved blood-glucose test strips from Abbott.

Abbott’s new FreeStyle Lite test strips use an enzyme which is unaffected by common nonglucose sugars, such as maltose or galactose, and minimizes the potential for other interference, Abbott said. The strips also are compatible with the company’s FreeStyle Lite blood-glucose monitoring systems.

“The new FreeStyle Lite test strips represent Abbott’s latest  success in delivering innovative products for people living with  diabetes,” said Heather Mason, SVP Abbott Diabetes Care. “Abbott is delivering on what patients and healthcare professionals demand in diabetes care, especially for people who use insulin to manage their diabetes.”

FreeStyle Lite test strips will be available in July.

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Bret Michaels raises $390K for American Diabetes Association

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The American Diabetes Association congratulated Bret Michaels on winning NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” and raising $390,000 to further the association’s movement to stop diabetes.

Rock band Poison’s frontman — who has Type 1 diabetes — chose the American Diabetes Association as his charity during this season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The money that Michaels raised on the show will help support the American Diabetes Association, leading provider of diabetes camps.

“Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and an additional 57 million are at risk,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “If current trends continue, one in three children will face a future with diabetes. We are proud of Bret’s win on the ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ which will truly help the American Diabetes Association change the future of this disease.”

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