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Week of Mon, Dec 16th, 2013

Kao USA exec promoted to vice president of sales

John Sullivan has been named vice president of sales at Kao USA.

Forest Labs releases depression drug Fetzima

Forest Laboratories Inc. has rolled out Fetzima extended-release capsules, a medication for major depressive disorder (MDD), to U.S. pharmacies.

Pantene kicks off global #ShineStrong campaign

In the wake of its recent success of the thought-provoking "Be Strong and Shine" viral video, which depicts gender labels in the workplace, Pantene is launching the global #ShineStrong campaign.

Bristol-Myers to sell AstraZeneca its stake in diabetes venture

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has agreed to sell its global diabetes business that was part of its collaboration with AstraZeneca.

GSK, Theravance inhaler for COPD cleared by FDA

GlaxoSmithKline plc and Theravance Inc. have received Food and Drug Administration approval for Anoro Ellipta as a combination anticholinergic/long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) for the long-term, once-daily, maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

SheaMoisture earns kudos for beauty, personal care products

SheaMoisture has won accolades, including "best of beauty" and similar awards, from a variety high-profile publications during 2013.

Perrigo closes acquisition of Elan

Perrigo Co. has completed its $8.6 billion deal to acquire Irish pharmaceutical company Elan Corp.

Pfizer, Teva settle Viagra patent litigation

Pfizer Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. have reached a settlement to resolve patent litigation related to Teva's generic version of Pfizer's Viagra erectile dysfunction tablets.

Depomed purchases Cambia from Nautilus

Depomed Inc. has acquired the United States rights to migraine medication Cambia (diclofenac potassium for oral solution) from Nautilus Neurosciences for $48.7 million.

Zelo Brazilian Keratin hair care line carried by Walgreens.com

Boca Cosmetics Group's Zelo Brazilian Keratin hair care line is now being sold through Walgreens.com.

Pfizer appoints new head of vaccines, oncology, consumer health unit

Pfizer Inc. has named company veteran Albert Bourla as group president of its Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare business.

FDA scrutinizes antibacterial soaps

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a rule calling on manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to show that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.

Kellogg unveils spate of new food items

Kellogg Co. is introducing a flurry of new products from some of its most popular brands, including cereal, snacks and frozen foods.

Endo adds migraine treatment with deal to buy NuPathe

Endo Health Solutions plans to acquire specialty drug maker NuPathe Inc. in a $105 million cash deal.

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