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FDA gives Sanofi Pasteur the OK to expand use of Menactra vaccine

BY Alaric DeArment

SWIFTWATER, Pa. The Food and Drug Administration has accepted an application from Sanofi Pasteur to expand the use of a vaccine in children.

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis, announced Thursday the FDA’s acceptance of its application seeking approval of Menactra (meningococcal [groups A, C, Y and W-135] polysaccharide diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine) for active immunizations of infants and toddlers against invasive meningococcal disease.

SWIFTWATER, Pa. The Food and Drug Administration has accepted an application from Sanofi Pasteur to expand the use of a vaccine in children.

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis, announced Thursday the FDA’s acceptance of its application seeking approval of Menactra (meningococcal [groups A, C, Y and W-135] polysaccharide diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine) for active immunizations of infants and toddlers against invasive meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious bacterial infection that can result in the death of a child within 24 hours. Menactra currently is approved for active immunization of patients ages 2 to 55 years.

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Stater Bros. to offer flu vaccinations in stores

BY Drug Store News Team

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Stater Bros. announced that it will provide flu vaccination clinics in partnership with Mollen Immunization Clinics. The vaccinations will be offered during scheduled days and times from Sept. 1 to Oct. 23 at all 167 Stater Bros. Supermarket locations.

Licensed nurses will administer the vaccines to those ages 4 years and older. Vaccinations will be provided while supplies last.

“Stater Bros. remains committed to the health and well-being of our valued customers,” stated Jack H. Brown, Stater Bros. chairman and CEO. “Stater Bros. has a long-standing history of providing low prices and giving back to the communities it serves. Now with our network of pharmaceutical healthcare professionals, we’re also proud to be able to provide our valued customers with access to high-quality, affordable preventive health care.”

Mollen Immunization Clinics is an approved Medicare part B provider, so customers that present their Medicare ID cards may be eligible to receive the vaccinations with no out-of-pocket costs.

To find a nearby Stater Bros. location, consumers can visit StaterBros.com.

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Pharmacy OneSource ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in U.S.

BY Alaric DeArment

BELLEVUE, Wash. Inc. magazine has ranked a Pacific Northwest pharmacy software company on its list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Pharmacy OneSource — a healthcare software-as-a-service provider based in Bellevue, Wash., whose Web-based services are used in more than 1,300 healthcare organizations worldwide — heralded in an announcement Wednesday the news that it ranked 1,932 on Inc.’s list, as well as 38 in the list of the top 50 businesses in Washington state’s Puget Sound area, comprising Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. The company has made the list four years in a row.

The Inc. 5,000 is based on percentage revenue growth between 2006 and 2009 — revenues must have been at least $80,000 in 2006 and at least $2 million in 2009.

“We are very excited to be selected to the Inc. 5,000 for the fourth year in a row,” Pharmacy OneSource president and CEO Tim Gibbons stated. “This is truly a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our Pharmacy OneSource staff.”

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