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FDA approves Anacor’s antifungal solution

BY Ryan Chavis

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Anacor Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the company's new drug application for Kerydin (tavaborole) topical solution, 5% — an antifungal approved for the topical treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails.

"We are pleased to announce the FDA approval of Kerydin, which provides an important new topical treatment option for the millions of people in the United States who are infected with onychomycosis of the toenails," said Paul Berns, CEO Anacor Pharmaceuticals. "We expect to launch Kerydin in the United States, either alone or with a partner, as early as the end of this quarter."

Kerydin is clear and colorless. The alcohol-based solution is applied with a dropper to the infected toenail once daily for 48 weeks. Because of its topical application, the company said that the drug has not demonstrated any systemic side effects.

"Onychomycosis is one of the most common diseases diagnosed and treated by podiatrists. Historically, a large number of patients with onychomycosis would choose not to treat their infection," said Warren Joseph, D.P.M., lower extremity infectious diseases consultant at Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia. "With the approval of KERYDIN, physicians can now offer patients a safe, effective and easy-to-use topical treatment for their onychomycosis of the toenail, which I think will be well-received by patients."

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Schnuck Markets names new chief people officer

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS – Debra Ogston has been appointed as the new chief people officer at Schnuck Markets, reporting to Anthony Hucker, chief operating officer, the company announced. Ogston also will serve on the senior management team that sets the direction for the company.
 
Ogston will transition into the roll formerly held by Rick Frede, who announced plans to retire in the fall of 2015. Formerly a VP human resources at Johnson Controls of Milwaukee, Wis., Ogston brings 23 years of experience into her duties of overseeing HR functions. Her responsibilities will include all aspects of HR, including talent and leadership development within the organization of 15,000 teammates in stores, offices, warehouses and facilities across the Midwest.
 
“We are excited to have Debra on board, as she brings a wealth of talent and experience that will help us leverage the talents of our greatest resources, our teammates, as we deliver on our mission to nourish people’s lives,” Hucker said. “Debra has the world-class expertise we need to help set direction and bring a new perspective to how Schnucks identifies, recruits, trains and promotes world-class talent in service of our customers.”
 
Ogston holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and an MBA in industrial and labor relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Throughout her career she has drawn upon her business background to transform HR and drive results through people. 
 
While at Johnson Controls, Ogston was one of a cadre of VPs assigned to address HR needs across the organization of 170,000 people. Ogston’s responsibilities then included managing teams engaged in streamlining processes and integrating HR systems in locations around the world. Prior to that, she worked for food and beverage leaders, including E. & J. Gallo Winery of California, Pepsi Bottling Group and Kraft Foods/Nabisco. 
 
Ogston and her husband, Joseph Saker, have one daughter and are new residents of St. Charles, Mo.
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Kiss Products to launch imPRESS Press-On Manicure collection for back to school

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Kiss Products’ Broadway Nails brand has created the new impress Press-On Manicure back-to-school collection.

The collection, which will be available in August, is comprised of six patterns. Each kit contains 24 nails in 12 sizes and adhesive charms to decorate nails.

The patterns include Night Fever, Dancing Queen, WinkWink, Vamp it Up, Glitz & Glamour and In the Spotlight. The suggested retail price is $7.99 each.
 

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