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Week of Mon, Sep 27th, 2010

Carlyle Group wraps up acquisition of NBTY

Asset management firm The Carlyle Group has completed its $4 billion acquisition of nutritional supplements maker and marketer NBTY Inc.

Mylan ships generic version of Wellbutrin XL

Mylan Inc. has launched bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets, indicated for the treatment of depression.

Novo Nordisk, Walgreens team with UnitedHealth on diabetes

Diabetes care provider Novo Nordisk is joining UnitedHealth Group's Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, a national partnership that provides access to community- and evidence-based interventions to help prevent and control diabetes, prediabetes and obesity.

BDI Pharma allies with retail pharmacy wholesale group

BDI Pharma Inc., a national distributor of biotech therapies, has formed a specialty pharmaceuticals partnership with Pharmacy First/Wholesale Alliance LLC, a retail pharmacy and regional wholesaler group.

Abbott set to roll out RevitaLens Ocutec

Abbott next month plans to ship RevitaLens Ocutec, a next-generation multipurpose disinfecting solution for silicone hydrogel and conventional soft contact lenses.

GSK promotes vaccinations in campaign with Mia Hamm

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has teamed with soccer star Mia Hamm on a national campaign to remind adults about the importance of vaccinations as part of a strategy to promote healthy living.

Accertify tapped by Walgreens for online fraud prevention

The Interceptas platform by Accertify Inc. has been adopted by Walgreen Co. for thwarting online credit-card fraud in the drug store chain's e-commerce business.

Valeant, Biovail wrap up merger

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. announced that it has completed its merger with Biovail Corp. after shareholders of both companies approved the agreement.

Endo unveils deal to acquire Qualitest

Endo Pharmaceuticals has entered into an agreement to buy generic drug maker Qualitest Pharmaceuticals for about $1.2 billion in cash.

L'Oreal names Margulies as brand ambassador

L'Oreal USA has signed award-winning actress Julianna Margulies as a new brand ambassador.

Nestle creates unit to link 'food and pharma'

Nestle is forming a new food unit focused on health and wellness that the company said will enable it develop personalized nutrition products that can help manage chronic conditions.

Rite Aid to sell TheraMax homeopathic nasal spray

This month Rite Aid is slated to begin carrying TheraMax homeopathic nasal sprays from TheraBiogen Inc.

CHPA names Melville as president

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has tapped Scott Melville as its new president.

Unilever to acquire Alberto Culver

United Kingdom-based consumer products giant Unilever plans to buy hair care and skin care manufacturer Alberto Culver Co. for $3.7 billion in cash.

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