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FDA approves Abbott’s Trilipix for lowering cholesterol

BY Alaric DeArment

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new cholesterol-lowering drug by Abbott, the drug maker announced Monday.

Abbott announced that it had received approval for the drug Trilipix (fenofibric acid), a drug for use along with changes in diet to help lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. The company said it is the only fibrate to be approved for use in combination with a statin, though Trilipix has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attack.

“Only 35 percent of patients with lipid problems are currently being trated with lipid therapies, and many are not reaching treatment targets for all three key lipids,” said Michael Davidson, clinical professor and director of preventive cardiology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in a statement by Abbott. “The approval of Trilipix is good news for patients because now there is a new treatment option that can be used alone or in combination with a statin to help address lipid problems.”

The drug was studied in 2,698 patients with mixed dyslipidemia, a disorder of all three key lipids that affects millions of American adults, characterized by elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and lower HDL cholesterol.

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Take Care opens three clinics in New Orleans area

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, announced on Monday that it has opened three retail-based clinics in New Orleans, marking the first Take Care Clinics in the state of Louisiana.

Additional locations are slated to open in New Orleans in early 2009.

“We are excited to bring high-quality, affordable care to the citizens of New Orleans,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We have watched this city overcome incredible obstacles in the past few years and we feel that its residents will greatly benefit from the increased access to health care offered by Take Care Clinics. Nearly one million patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we are proud to expand into New Orleans as part of our continued growth.”

Last year, Walgreens celebrated the opening of its 6,000th pharmacy location nationwide in New Orleans and has historically maintained a strong presence in the city.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 312 clinics in 18 states.

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Medicine Shoppe teams with ADA on American Diabetes Month activities

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A retail pharmacy chain and the American Diabetes Association are collaborating to mark American Diabetes Month with free cards listing healthy recipes for people with diabetes.

Medicine Shoppe will distribute the cards, partially funded by Bayer HealthCare, listing 10 recipes that the ADA has approved as safe for diabetics, including chicken, turkey, potato, sausage and vegetable dishes.

The cards, titled the “Live Health Nutritional Recipe Cards,” list nutrition information and serving sizes for each recipe.

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