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FDA approves Lupin’s generic Lexapro

BY Alaric DeArment

MUMBAI, India Indian drug manufacturer Lupin announced Monday that the Food and Drug Administration had approved its generic anti-depressant escitalopram oxalate tablets.

New York-based Forest Laboratories markets the drug under the brand name Lexapro. Its patent will expire in 2012, and Lupin’s generic version will subsequently enter U.S. markets.

Lexapro and other drugs for treating central nervous system disorders had sales of $2.8 billion in 2007, according to Forest Laboratories financial data.

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Wegmans to offer skin cancer screening

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Residents in the Rochester, N.Y., area can have suspicious moles examined by dermatologists for free Saturday, June 14, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Wegmans will offer the service in the late morning through early afternoon at its store at 3195 Monroe Ave. in Pittsford, a town near Rochester. Blue Lizard Sunscreen is cosponsoring the service, which will be in the store’s skin-care department.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with more than 1 million new cases diagnosed each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Albertsons to lay off 5,000-plus Florida workers

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. Grocery store chain Albertsons will lay off more than 5,000 workers in Florida, the company announced Wednesday.

Those laid off will include 121 workers at an Albertsons distribution center in Plant City, Fla., and more than 5,000 at 49 of its stores throughout the state, which it is selling to Publix Super Markets.

Based in Boise, Idaho, Albertsons is a banner of Supervalu.

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