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Week of Mon, Jan 16th, 2012

SymphonyIRI enlists former retail execs for new board

SymphonyIRI Group has announced a new board of directors, including former executives from food, drug and mass retailers Ahold, Kroger and Walmart.

Mscripts adds 'family' functionality to mobile app

Mscripts has introduced "family-friendly" pharmacy and shopping capabilities for its Mobile Pharmacy Application Platform.

Watson releases Yaz generic

Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. has begun shipping a Vestura, an oral contraceptive.

Chain drug retailers partake in Extra gum promotion

A multipronged marketing effort between Shape and Men's Fitness magazines and Wrigley's Extra gum brand will feature in-store promotions at leading chain drug retailers.

Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Eastman Kodak Co., an iconic U.S. company and at one time a core supplier to chain drug stores, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Gillette, new brand ambassadors to debut styling tool

Gillette has unveiled a precision styling tool for men with facial hair, the Fusion ProGlide Styler, and signed musician Andre 3000 Benjamin and actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Adrien Brody as brand ambassadors.

Gilead closes deal to acquire Pharmasset

Gilead Sciences Inc. has completed its acquisition of Pharmasset Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical firm.

Kraft plans U.S. sales revamp, layoffs

Kraft Foods Inc. plans to realign its U.S. sales organization and lay off about 1,600 employees as it readies for a spin-off of its grocery business, splitting the food manufacturing giant into two public companies.

GE, Bionime partner on blood glucose meter

GE Healthcare has entered into a global licensing pact with medical testing product specialist Bionime Corp. to provide new GE-branded solutions for the diabetes market.

CHPA names regulatory, science directors

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has appointed John Punzi and Jay Sirois as directors in its regulatory and scientific affairs department.

Novo Nordisk, cooking star team on diabetes campaign

Novo Nordisk has partnered with celebrity cooks Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie Deen to launch "Diabetes in a New Light," a national effort to help adults find simple ways to manage type 2 diabetes.

Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew makes debut

Hershey Co. has unveiled Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew candy, which the company said provides "a unique way to enjoy bold fruit flavor."

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