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Perrigo’s Omeprazole Magnesium mini capsules given FDA approval

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Perrigo announced that it has received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Omeprazole Magnesium Delayed-Release Mini Capsules in 20 mg for over-the-counter availability.

The launch represents the first to market mini capsule form of omeprazole, which is indicated for the treatment of frequent heartburn and is 70% smaller than the tablet version currently available, the company said.

“This approval illustrates Perrigo’s research and development, and regulatory expertise, and our continued focus on product innovation to provide value for both our customers and consumers,” Perrigo executive vice president and president of consumer self-care Americas Jim Dillard said. “The omeprazole mini product exemplifies our national brand different strategy and provides our store brand partners with a differentiated product in the marketplace.”

The product will be marketed under the retailer’s store brand labels comparable to Prilosec OTC.


Glamnetic’s Occasion Kit curates lashes for any event

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This summer, Glamnetic is helping consumers prepare for any event that comes their way.

The all-new Occasion Kits, launching June 2, are a collection of four pre-set lash kits that are ideal for any and all occasions, the company said.

Featuring the brand’s best-selling lashes, each kit includes two magnetic lash sets and a mini deep space liner. Each set also is extra durable, water-resistant and can be worn up to 40 times with proper care.

The kits range from:

  • Baecation Kit, containing Verified and Bella lashes, with each one having one short and one medium-full lash for comfortable wear;
  • Everyday Kit, featuring Gossip and Princess lashes, with each kit containing one full and one-half lash with shorter lengths;
  • Date Night Kit, containing Lucky and Shameless lashes, with each featuring one short and one long full lash; and
  • Party Kit, featuring VIP and Babygirl lashes, which contain one short and one long full lash with a more dramatic look.

Glamnetic’s Occasion Kits will be available for purchase online.


Playground intros lubricant collection

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Playground, a sexual wellness company that champions all women to celebrate their sexuality, is unveiling its debut lubricant collection.

Made with a water-based formula that is clinically tested to be clean, vegan and pH balanced, it uses proprietary ingredients and three adaptogens — ashwagandha, black cohosh and horny goat weed — the San Francisco-based company said.

Formulated with vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and bamboo extract, the five available varieties include:

  • Date Night, a blend of champagne and vanilla essences;
  • Mini Escape, made with notes of coconut and sandalwood;
  • After Hours, a combination of warm wood fragrances;
  • Love Sesh, which is free of scent; and
  • Four Play Discovery Kit, which consists of four travel-sized, single-use sachets.

“Women’s sexual experiences have been misunderstood and underserved for far too long. Most women at some point in their daily lives experience dryness or struggle to reach an orgasm, yet most personal lubricants on the market fail to help them,” said CEO Catherine Magee. “Playground’s mission is to make every woman feel empowered and inspired to improve their sexual experiences with amazing products they’re excited to use as much as their favorite beauty product.”

Playgrounds new collection, which is available online, is free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, mineral oil, propylene glycol, GMOs, gluten, sulfates, dyes and hormones, the brand said. 


Minute Maid Aguas Frescas offers refreshing twist on juice

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Minute Maid is unveiling a refreshing twist on juice with a line that offers a bold taste.

Aguas Frescas, inspired by the Latin-American juice beverage made from real fruit juices and natural flavors, is available in hibiscus, mango and strawberry.

The non-carbonated beverages, which can be freely shaken prior to drinking, come in single-serve 16-oz. cans that contain 45 calories and 11 g of sugar per 8-oz. serving, the brand said.

Minute Maid Aguas Frescas are available for purchase nationwide.


Control targets menstrual cramp relief

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For individuals who are dealing with menstrual cramps, a new OTC topical analgesic, transdermal, pain-relieving cream may help in aiding some discomfort.

Control, which is available through AvKare, is absorbed into the muscles, relaxes the nerves, and works in about one to four minutes, the company said.

Featured ingredients in Control include menthol, carbomer, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, fragrance, glyceryl stearate, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, purified water, stearic acid and triethanolamine, as well as butylene glycol, capryl glycol, chamomilla Recutita, flower extract, citrus Aurantium duclis peel oil, cocos Nucifera oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil and salvia officinalis extract.

In order to relieve or prevent a cramp, users can apply as much as needed to the area of the affected muscles and massage it onto the skin. Control can also be used safely with compression wraps or compression clothing with the concentration employed in its formula, the company said.


NCPA supports Senate bill empowering FTC action against PBMs

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The National Community Pharmacists Association is strongly supporting the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act, new legislation introduced today by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

The bill would give the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general the ability to penalize and/or initiate legal action against PBMs for certain unfair or deceptive business practices in the commercial space.

“PBM-insurers have manipulated our complex healthcare system, so they can set their competitors’ prices, dictate their competitors’ reimbursements, use competitors’ data to steer patients to PBM-affiliated retail, specialty and mail-order pharmacies, and limit where and what consumers can buy,” said NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey.

“There are plenty of PBM actions for policymakers and regulators to address in order to ease the havoc they have wreaked on patients and small business independent pharmacies,” Hoey said. “NCPA is grateful to Sens. Cantwell and Grassley for their ongoing support of PBM reform. We’re proud to endorse their latest effort, the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act, and will work to help it advance.”

Cantwell is chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Its subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security recently had a hearing that examined steps Congress can take to increase transparency in drug prices, require PBMs to operate fairly and ensure the FTC has the authority it needs to stop unfair practices in the prescription drug market. The Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act, which falls under the Commerce Committee’s jurisdiction, is a natural next step forward in the legislative process. Grassley, like Cantwell, has worked for years to bring more transparency into health care, limit anticompetitive PBM practices and benefit Americans through greater oversight, NCPA said.