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FDA approves Axiron

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Lilly and Australian drug maker Acrux have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a testosterone replacement therapy for men, the two companies announced Tuesday.

The FDA approved Axiron (testosterone) topical solution as a treatment for men with various conditions that lead to deficiency of the hormone. The drug, a controlled substance, is designed for application under the arm.

It is estimated that up to 13 million men older than 45 years have symptoms associated with low testosterone, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health.

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Kroger SVP retail operations to retire

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — A 45-year Kroger veteran will retire from his post in February.

Paul Scutt, who began his career with Kroger in 1965 as a store clerk, currently serves at the retailer’s SVP retail operations.

"Paul has been a driving force behind Kroger’s safety, productivity, and cost control improvements," said David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. "Under Paul’s leadership, the company has significantly reduced employee accidents, improved management of product shrink and other operating costs, and instituted process changes that have allowed Kroger to invest in its Customer 1st strategy."

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American Greetings introduces Holiday Pics and Wishes

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND — Taking traditional holiday cards to the next level, American Greetings has launched a new line of photo greetings on its website.

Holiday Pics and Wishes brings consumers’ holiday cards to life by allowing senders to customize their online greeting with everything from favorite photos and home videos to a personal holiday letter that reflects the handcrafted charm and thoughtfulness of a paper card, the company said. Once the e-greeting is sent, via e-mail or posted to a Facebook wall, the recipient will experience the thoughtfulness along with the customized features that make the presentation truly unique. Recipients also can print the holiday card portion of the greeting to display with all of the other cards they receive.

"We are always working to integrate the technologies we’re introducing online with the unique creativity of the greeting card aisle, and this program is a perfect example of how we can achieve that," said Sally Schriner, American Greetings Interactive president. "With the Holiday Pics and Wishes greetings we are able to offer consumers a really innovative way to bring their holiday cards to life while reflecting the subtle, personal touches that make the practice of card sending such a cherished tradition. We can’t wait for members to try it out, and, more importantly, share it with family and friends."

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