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Dollar General donates supplies to flood victims

BY Allison Cerra

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Discount retailer Dollar General is making merchandise donations to the American Red Cross to aid flood victims in three states.

The company is donating a variety of supplies to flood victims in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, including personal hygiene products, socks, underwear and diapers. Additionally, Dollar General is donating cleaning supplies to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The discount retailer also is asking customers and employees for help in aiding these citizens through http://www.redcross.org/.

“Dollar General is dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors recover from this disaster,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “These much-needed supplies will aid flood victims as they work to rebuild their lives. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected, and we are committed to helping these communities recover quickly.”

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BioSante to re-initiate prostate cancer vaccine program

BY Alaric DeArment

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. Drug maker BioSante Pharmaceuticals has restarted a development program for a prostate cancer vaccine, the company said Monday.

The company announced plans to begin treating prostate cancer patients using the GVAX Prostate vaccine in a phase 2 clinical trial at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center beginning in fourth quarter 2010.

“We have worked with GVAX Prostate Cancer Vaccine for several years and believe there is a great potential to develop a treatment regimen that will be a significant benefit to men who suffer with prostate cancer,” Johns Hopkins associate professor Charles Drake said in a statement on behalf of BioSante.

The news comes days after the Food and Drug Administration approved Dendreon Corp.’s prostate cancer vaccine Provenge (sipuleucel-T), which works by modifying the patient’s own immune cells.

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Stater Bros. announces prenatal vitamin offering for mothers-to-be

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. A Southern California supermarket chain is offering free prenatal vitamins to expectant mothers this month.

In line with Pregnancy Awareness Month, Stater Bros.’ said its Super Rx Pharmacy will offer prenatal vitamins to those with a doctor’s prescription. Quantities must be written for a thirty-day supply and not to exceed 30 tablets. The free prenatal vitamin program will feature the generic version of these well-known brands:

  • Advanced Natal Care
  • Natal Care Glosstabs
  • Nata Tab Rx
  • Natal Care Plus
  • Prenavite
  • Ultra Natal Care

This initiative is one of several Stater Bros. has offered its customers. The supermarket chain also offers a free antibiotic program and $4 generic prescription drug program.

“Stater Bros. remains committed to the health and well-being of our valued customers,” stated Jack Brown, Stater Bros. chairman and CEO.  “As the only supermarket chain in Southern California to offer this program free of charge, Stater Bros. is proud to promote the health of mothers-to-be while easing some of the economic burden that many of our valued customers are facing.”

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