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Fresh & Easy broadens reach to Sacramento

BY Allison Cerra

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy is slated to open its first six stores in the Sacramento region in 2012.

The stores will include three in Sacramento, one in Lincoln, one in Elk Grove and one in Folsom. The chain, which has opened 13 stores in northern California this year, opened a store in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco last week.

“We’re excited to continue to expand to new neighborhoods and create good jobs throughout California,” Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason said. “We believe everyone deserves access to fresh, wholesome food at affordable prices and we are looking forward to introducing Sacramento to Fresh & Easy.”

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Piggly Wiggly Carolina to bring Healthy Monday initiative to stores

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — The Mondays Campaigns — a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 in association with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins’  Bloomberg School of Public Health and Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications — is bringing its Healthy Monday initiative to Piggly Wiggly Carolina in September.

Healthy Monday is an umbrella campaign designed to help the retailer promote healthy eating via the stores’ pharmacies. As part of the retailer’s participation, Piggly Wiggly Carolina’s direcot of pharmacy Scott Wink is using Healthy Monday as the day to initiate conversations between shoppers and pharmacists on how to eat healthier.

According to the Mondays Campaigns, Monday is shown to be a day to promote and sustain healthy behaviors.

For more information about Healthy Monday and the Mondays Campaigns, click here.

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Lupin receives FDA approval for generic Ultram ER tablets

BY Allison Cerra

BALTIMORE — Lupin has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its version of a drug designed to treat moderate to moderately severe chronic pain in adults who require around-the-clock treatment for an extended period of time.

Lupin said that it received final approval for its abbreviated new drug application for tramadol hydrochloride extended-release tablets in the 100-mg, 200-mg and 300-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Ultram ER tablets, which is marketed by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Tramadol HCl ER tablets is a centrally acting synthetic analgesic in an extended-release formulation, Lupin said. Annual sales for the product totaled approximately $132 million for the 12 months ended in June, according to IMS Health data.

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