Genentech’s Herceptin receives FDA approval
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a biotech drug for treating cancer of the stomach and esophageal junction.
Genentech, a subsidiary of Swiss drug maker Roche, announced Wednesday the approval of Herceptin (trastuzumab) as a treatment for cancer of the stomach that includes the HER2 gene and has spread to other parts of the body, when combined with chemotherapy. The drug has long since had approval as a treatment for HER2-positive breast cancer.
“Today’s approval of Herceptin in combination with chemotherapy provides an important new, personalized medicine for people with this life-threatening disease who have few treatment options,” Genentech EVP product development and chief medical officer Hal Barron said.
Spartan Stores reports drop in Q2 sales
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. The lackluster economy caused a dip in sales of nearly $8 million for Spartan Stores, according to the supermarket operator’s quarterly earnings report.
Sales for the second quarter of the company’s 2011 fiscal year were $602.1 million, compared with $610.2 million during the same period last year, though the lower sales were offset partially by higher fuel sales.
Profits increased, however, to $11.3 million from $10.5 million in second quarter 2010.
Say good-bye to bed bugs with ActiveGuard mattress liners
AMBLER, Pa. Allergy Technologies has developed mattress liners that are designed to kill bed bugs within 72 hours.
The breathable, thin ActiveGuard mattress liners can be installed onto a mattress or box spring by one person in less than a minute. The liners are comfortable and provide security that no other mattress covering or product can deliver, and they are ideal for college dorms and household use, Allergy Technologies said.
"ActiveGuard mattress liners are literally the only liners registered to kill bed bugs within 72 hours, and they can save consumers the cost of replacing mattresses and box springs," said Gus Carey, founder of Allergy Technologies. "The liners, fashioned as a simple fitted sheet, come in four easy-to-install sizes that fit any size mattress or box spring. [They] kill bed bugs [and] dust mites for up to two years."