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Anoro Ellipta now available in retail pharmacies

BY Ryan Chavis

LONDON — GlaxoSmithKline and Theravance on Monday announced that Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium and vilanterol inhalation powder), a once-daily that combines two long-acting bronchodilators in a single inhaler, is now available in retail pharmacies in the United States.

Anoro Ellipta is used for long-term maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is not indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm or the treatment of asthma. The FDA-approved strength is umeclidinium/vilanterol 62.5/25-mcg.

“We understand that COPD is a progressive disease affecting an estimated 27 million people in the U.S. alone,” said Jorge Bartolome, SVP of the GSK respiratory business unit in the United States. “Anoro Ellipta is an important treatment option for appropriate patients with COPD, and we are proud to make it available in the U.S.”    

The FDA approved Anoro Ellipta on Dec. 18, 2013.

 

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Whole Foods partners with Solid Ground to fight hunger

BY Vivian Gomez

AUSTIN, TX — Whole Foods Market made a $46,784 donation to Solid Ground, a Seattle-based organization with a mission to build a community to end poverty. Throughout 2013, shoppers who visited any of the six Seattle-area Whole Foods Market stores had an opportunity to participate in the Bag Hunger program, with a cash donation to Solid Ground at the checkout registers.

Solid Ground will direct the funds to support its Cooking Matters program. Classes offered in more than 65 locations throughout Greater Seattle and Washington State focus on educating low-income individuals on healthy cooking skills, general nutrition education and budgeting.

"Whole Foods Market has worked in partnership with Solid Ground for more than six years and we love the opportunity to share this organization’s great work with our shoppers," said Joe Rogoff, regional president at Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest. "As a company, we want to find ways to create greater access to healthy eating education, and we appreciate the work Solid Ground does every day to make this a reality."

"We are grateful for this donation from Whole Foods Market and its compassionate community of shoppers. It is an investment that will help improve nutrition among vulnerable people, thereby addressing an important aspect of poverty in our community," said Gordon McHenry Jr., president and CEO of Solid Ground.

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market has more than 325 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

 

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Cardinal Health elects David Anderson to board

BY Ryan Chavis

DUBLIN, OH — Cardinal Health on Monday announced that its board of directors elected David J. Anderson as an independent director. Anderson most recently served as SVP and CFO of Honeywell International. He also will serve on the board’s audit committee.        

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Dave to our board of directors," said George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "Dave has a distinguished career across multiple industries and is recognized by investors and peers as one of America’s top CFOs. With close to two decades of experience with high-performing public companies, we know his contributions will be invaluable."  

Anderson currently sits on the board of directors of American Electric Power. He is a graduate of Indiana University and also received an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

 

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