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BDSI to launch pain treatment associated with cancer

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. A new treatment for treating breakthrough pain associated with cancer will hit the market next week, the drug’s manufacturer has announced.

BioDelivery Sciences International announced Thursday that it and commercial partner Meda Pharmaceuticals would launch Onsolis (fentanyl) next week. The treatment, approved for use in patients 18 and older, delivers the painkiller fentanyl through a film that dissolves in the mouth.

Meda has started a national sales campaign targeting physicians, oncologists and other healthcare professionals.

“Today is a banner day for BDSI and serves as validation of our business model and ability to bring important new therapeutics to market,” BDSI president and CEO Mark Sirgo said in a statement. “All of us at BDSI, along with our partner, Meda, are very excited to provide healthcare practitioners and their patients suffering from breakthrough cancer pain with a new treatment option for this serious and debilitating condition.”

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Weis Markets adds two directors to pharmacy operations, food services

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Monday named Dennis Yoney to director of pharmacy operations and Geoffrey Wexler as director of food service and deli.

As director of pharmacy operations, Yoney will oversee day-to-day pharmacy operations and the execution of the company’s strategic initiatives across its 119 pharmacies. He reports to Jeff Maltese, Weis Markets VP pharmacy. Yoney has worked in pharmacy field operations at the regional level for Rite Aid, government affairs for Brooks/Eckerd and as a district manager for Eckerd.

Yoney is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy.

Wexler will assume oversight of the pricing, procurement and promotion for the company’s deli and food service programs and will report to Harry Giglio, Weis Markets VP perishables.

Prior to joining Weis Markets, Wexler was with Publix Supermarkets where he helped oversee all aspects of the company’s prepared food program. During his career, Wexler also worked for Sodexho Corporate Services, NexStore Marketplace and eatZi’s Market and Bakery.

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Stater Bros. announces completion of distribution center

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Stater Bros. planned an enthusiastic welcome for the final group of Stater Bros. employees to move into its state-of-the-art corporate offices and Norton Distribution Center in San Bernardino, Calif.

On Oct. 5, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the opening of the new 155,000-sq.-ft. Stater Bros. support services building. Over 500 Stater Bros. employees from throughout the company were present to celebrate this long-awaited event.

The new support services building houses the company’s bakery division as well as the advertising, construction, maintenance, purchasing, store systems and real estate departments. The relocation to the new Stater Bros. corporate offices and Norton Distribution Center has spanned over a two-year period, and these employees are the last to make the move to their new home.

The Stater Bros. Norton Distribution Center is the largest under-one-roof distribution center in America’s supermarket industry, the company said.

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