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FDA expands approval for Lumizyme

BY Ryan Chavis

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration approved Lumizyme (alglucosidase alfa) for treatment of patients with infantile-onset Pompe disease, including patients who are younger than 8 years of age, the agency said. Additionally, the FDA announced that the risk evaluation and mitigation strategy that is referred to as the Lumizyme ACE program is being discontinued.

Pompe disease is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in an estimated 1-in-every-40,000 to -300,000 births. Heart and skeletal muscle weakness is the primary symptom, which progresses to respiratory weakness and death from respiratory failure.

When Lumizyme was approved in 2010, there wasn't sufficient data to support the drug's safety and efficacy in the infantile-onset Pompe population, so the drug was only approved for use in late onset Pompe disease patients who are at least 8 years of age. The FDA's expanded approval provides access to the drug for all patients with Pompe disease, regardless of age. Lumizyme is manufactured by Genzyme Corp.

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Oscar Mayer adds bacon jerky to product lineup

BY Vivian Gomez

MADISON, Wis. — If you’ve ever wished you could have bacon on the go, then the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon (OMIFAB) has some good news for you.

Oscar Mayer has unveiled Bacon Jerky, available in two flavors — Bourbon Barbecue and Teriyaki Ginger — and packaged in an on-the-go bacon jerky pouch.

"It's obvious that people love bacon," said Sarah Jones, senior brand manager for Oscar Mayer Bacon. "But we know not everyone has time to whip out their skillet to make some throughout the day. With bacon jerky, Oscar Mayer is providing bacon enthusiasts with an easy and satisfying way to snack on bacon while on the move."

Oscar Mayer Bacon Jerky is available in 3-oz. ready-to-eat packages. It can be found alongside the full line of Oscar Mayer Bacon in the refrigerated meat case in most grocery stores nationwide, but is also shelf-stable.

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Sterling Drug founder Leonard Astrup dies

BY David Salazar

AUSTIN, Minn. — Sterling Drug founder Leonard Astrup died July 22. The 86-year-old founded Sterling in 1952, three years after graduating from the North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy. Sterling currently has 18 locations in Minnesota and Iowa.

Born in Grenora, N.D., Astrup moved to Austin, Minn., and opened his first store at one of the state’s first strip malls. Shortly after, in 1955, he married his wife of 59 years, Corrine, who survives him.

Astrup was active in Minnesota’s business community, joining the Minnesota Pharmacy Association and becoming a lifetime licensee of North Dakota’s Board of Pharmacy. He also served as a member of the Sterling Shopping Center Business Association. Beyond that, he was a member of the Masons, Sons of Denmark and was on Our Savior Lutheran Church’s original building committee. 

Astrup is survived by his sister, his four children and nine grandchildren. A memorial is planned for Aug. 5 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota or North Dakota are preferred due to Astrup’s battle with dementia. Online condolences are available at worlein.com.

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