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Dollar General to build new distribution center in Texas

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based, Dollar General has announced plans to build its 17th facility in its major distribution network. The company previously built its first center in San Antonio, Texas back in 2014 and celebrated the opening of a second location also within Texas in 2016.

In addition to opening this new location, the company also is looking to create 400 new jobs when at full capacity and serve 1,000 retail locations within Texas and the southeast. The structure itself is expected to be nearly 1,000,000 square feet, the company said.

“Dollar General is excited to expand our supply chain and distribution operations in the Lone Star state with today’s announcement,” Todd Vasos, chief executive officer at Dollar General, said. “This facility is expected to support Dollar General’s growing store count in Texas where we already operate more than 1,400 current locations and have complementary operations in San Antonio. We look forward to the facility helping better serve our customers with value and convenience, as well as creating career opportunities for approximately 400 future Dollar General employees. I would like to express my gratitude for our partnership with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, leadership in both Gregg County and the city of Longview and the Longview Economic Development Corporation, all of whom helped support this project.”

Dollar General currently has 15 distribution centers which are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas (San Antonio), Virginia and Wisconsin. The company’s 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York is currently under construction.

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Teva announces generic Reyataz capsules

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Teva has introduced its generic of Reyataz (atazanavir) capsules within the United States, the company announced. The drug is indicated to be used in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection for patients six years old and older who weigh at least 15 kg.

“The exclusive launch of our generic version of Reyataz marks our fifth generic product offering for the treatment of HIV-1 infection,” Brendan O’Grady, executive vice president, North America Commercial at Teva said. “Antiviral medications continue to be a focus for Teva Generics and this is an important addition to our portfolio.”

Reyataz had annual sales of approximately $402 million in the United States as of October 2017, according to IQVIA data. 

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Texas once again tops Walgreens Flu Index activity

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Walgreens has released yet another update in its Flu Index activity. For a third straight week, Texas holds the top spot in an increase in incidences of influenza according to the newly released data for the week ending Dec. 23.

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide, including Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico. The data is analyzed at a state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

For the week ending Dec.23, the top 10 designated market areas with flu activity were:

1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
3. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
4. Houston, Texas
5. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
6. Corpus Christi, Texas
7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
8. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.

For the same time period, the top 10 DMAs with the greatest gains in flu activity were:

1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
2. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
3. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
4. Houston, Texas
5. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
6. Corpus Christi, Texas
7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
8. San Antonio, Texas
9. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
10. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)

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