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Week of Mon, Dec 13th, 2010

Prestige Brands to buy Dramamine from McNeil

Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets associated with the Dramamine business in the United States from McNeil-PPC Inc. for $76 million.

Vicks kicks off NFL fan contest on Facebook

Leveraging social media, Procter & Gamble Co.'s Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil cold, cough and flu relief brands have launched a new Facebook contest dubbed the "Search for the Most Dedicated NFL Fan."

Lansinoh hires Thome as COO

Richard Thome has joined Lansinoh Laboratories Inc. as chief operations officer.

Halls survey: Many cold/flu suffers won't call in sick

Cold and flu symptoms don't deter many Americans from going to work, according to poll by Kraft Foods' Halls cough drop brand.

Novartis inks deal to buy rest of Alcon

Novartis has entered an agreement to acquire the remaining interest of eye care company Alcon Inc. that it doesn't already own.

J&J appoints vice chairmen in executive moves

Johnson & Johnson has named Alex Gorsky and Sheri McCoy as vice chairmen of its executive committee and said they will join board chairman and chief executive officer William Weldon in an expanded office of the chairman.

Tessalon capsules pose risk to kids, FDA warns

The "candy-like appearance" of Tessalon (benzonatate) liquid cough suppressant capsules presents a risk to young children, and the medication should be kept in child-proof containers, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

CVS veteran joins Market Performance Group

Former CVS category management executive Steve Ortleb has joined Market Performance Group (MPG).

Pfizer names chairman in wake of Kindler's exit

George Lorch has been elected as nonexecutive chairman of the board at Pfizer Inc.

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