Dr. Reddy’s launches generic asthma, allergy, bronchospasm drug
HYDERABAD, India — Dr. Reddy’s Labs has launched a generic drug for treating asthma and allergies, and preventing bronchospasm during exercise, the company said.
The Indian company announced the launch of montelukast sodium oral granules in the 4-mg strength in unit-dose cartons of 30 packets.
The drug is a version of Merck’s Singulair oral granules, which had sales of about $61 million during the 12-month period ended in July, according to IMS Health.
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Safeway to offer 10% grocery discount to flu shot patients
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Thursday announced the availability of flu shots on a walk-in basis at all Safeway pharmacy locations.
"Safeway pharmacists are committed to caring for their patients’ health in myriad ways, ranging from immunizations and medication management to counseling patients on health and wellness," stated Darren Singer, SVP pharmacy, health and wellness at Safeway. "Safeway strives to be a one-stop shop for our customers, particularly those who are mindful of their health and who want to take the necessary steps in their lives to stay healthy, such as getting immunized every flu season."
Each individual receiving a flu shot at a Safeway pharmacy will receive a 10% off coupon that can be used toward their next grocery purchase.
This year, the flu vaccine contains a different strain of the flu virus from the previous two years. The 2012 flu shot will protect against the H1N1 (California), H3N2 (Victoria) and Influenza B (Wisconsin) viruses.
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National Confectioners Association names Jelly Belly executive as board chairman
WASHINGTON — Jelly Belly president and COO Bob Simpson will take over the National Confectioners Association’s executive board as chairman.
NCA’s publication, Candy & Snack Today said Simpson replaces Mitchell Goetze as the chairman of the executive board. Blommer Chocolate Co. president Peter Blommer was appointed to serve as vice chairman, and Goetze, who is president and COO of Goetze’s Candy Co., becomes ex-officio chairman.
The complete NCA executive board list can be found here.