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FDA raises concerns about effects of Lilly’s Zyprexa, Novartis’ Lamisil

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that an antipsychotic and an anti-fungal drug could lead to metabolic and psychiatric problems.

The FDA is recommending that Eli Lilly’s antipsychotic Zyprexa (olanzapine) and Novartis’ anti-fungal Lamisil (terbinafine) get new warning labels.

Patients taking Zyprexa may experience weight gain, while three teenagers taking Lamisil orally reported depression, thoughts of self-harm and suicidal tendencies, according to an FDA report.

Novartis sells Lamisil as a prescription-only tablet form and as an OTC topical ointment. Several companies also make generic versions of the tablets.

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Sepracor may get incentives to keep its business local

BY Alaric DeArment

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. Drug maker Sepracor might get tax breaks for building in its hometown.

The MetroWest Daily News reports that the company is constructing new buildings in Marlborough, Mass., and will create 250 new jobs. Local officials proposed the tax breaks to give Sepracor incentives for further development, and the company may save $4.1 million.

The city’s finance committee will vote on the proposal Monday.

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H-E-B, RediClinic open largest U.S. retail clinic in Houston area

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON Clinic operator RediClinic has opened its 15th Houston-area convenient care clinic in the new H-E-B store that, according to the Convenient Care Association, is the largest retail-based clinic in the United States.

The 926-square-foot clinic features three exam rooms and a room specifically for blood draws.

“We are delighted to be expanding out footprint in our home market with the opening of our 15th Greater Houston clinic,” said Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of RediClinic. “The larger clinic design in H-E-B’s new Bunker Hill store enables us to treat more patients and gives us more flexibility in adding new services.”

RediClinic operates 21 clinics in H-E-B stores in Houston and Austin; and 15 clinics in Wal-Mart stores in Atlanta, Ga.; Fayetteville and Rogers, Ark.; Richmond, Va.; and Tulsa, Okla.

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