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Eli Lilly’s Trulicity approved by FDA

BY Ryan Chavis

SILVER SPRING, Md. and INDIANAPOLIS — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Trulicity (dulaglutide), a once-a-week injection to improve blood-sugar levels in adults with Type 2 diabetes. 

"Type 2 diabetes is a serious chronic condition that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal,” said Mary Parks, M.D., deputy director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Trulicity is a new treatment option, which can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of Type 2 diabetes.”
 
Trulicity is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co, which said it plans to make the drug — in 0.75-mg and 1.5-mg single-dose pens — available in the United States later in the year. The drug has also been submitted for consideration to the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory agencies, according to Lilly. 
 
"We are delighted with the approval of Trulicity. Lilly now has treatment options in several classes of diabetes medications: orals, GLPs and insulin," said Enrique Conterno, president, Lilly Diabetes. "Trulicity will help grow the GLP-1 receptor agonist class as a new choice for adults with Type 2 diabetes."  
 
Trulicity does not require mixing, measuring or needle attachement and can be administered any time of day. 
 

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MinuteClinic further expands footprint in Memphis

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Five MinuteClinic locations are opening inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Memphis metropolitan area, the company has announced. Three clinics opened in Memphis and Cordova earlier this month. A fourth clinic will be added in Springfield on Sept. 24, and a fifth clinic in Bartlett is expected to open Oct. 22. 

The Memphis-area clinics join 27 Tennessee-based MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville metropolitan areas, and more than 900 MinuteClinic locations nationwide.

"The first MinuteClinic in Tennessee opened in 2005 and since then hundreds of thousands of Volunteer State residents have taken advantage of the increased access to high-quality, convenient and affordable medical care available at many CVS/pharmacy stores," said Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. "The demand for MinuteClinic services will grow in Tennessee due in part to the shortage of primary care physicians, the aging baby boomer population and the influx of newly insured patients through the Affordable Care Act."

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Shoppers Drug Mart to kick off annual ‘Tree of Life’ campaign to support women’s health

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — In support of Shoppers Drug Mart's ongoing commitment to women's health, the company and its associate-owners have announced that the 13th annual Tree of Life campaign will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 17.  

The national, four-week campaign has raised more than $23 million dollars in the past, with the projected goal of $3.1 million this year to help fund local women's health charities across the country.

The campaign provides customers with the opportunity to purchase and personalize a "Tree of Life" icon; a "leaf" for a loonie, a "butterfly" for $5, an "acorn" for $10 and a "cardinal" for $50.  The icons are displayed on the Tree of Life in all participating stores and 100% of campaign proceeds are donated to local women's health organizations.  

The Tree of Life campaign is one of the leading partnership programs of the Shoppers Drug Mart Women platform — the company's commitment to improving the health of Canadian women in body, mind and spirit.  

As part of the effort, each associate-owner selects a women's health organization to benefit from the funds raised from their store's Tree of Life program. By partnering with local charities, Shoppers Drug Mart and its associate-owners are able to provide direct support, resources and programming to meet the needs of Canadian women, with 487 local women's health charities supported this year.

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