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Gilead completes acquisition of Pharmasset

BY Alaric DeArment

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Drug maker Gilead Sciences has completed its $11.2 billion acquisition of Pharmasset, Gilead said.

The $137-per-share merger, originally announced in November 2011, makes Pharmasset a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilead. Pharmasset, based in Princeton, N.J., focuses on developing orally administered drugs for viral infections, particularly hepatitis C.

 


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Harris Teeter helps customers save via pharmacy promotion

BY Allison Cerra

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter has launched its Rx Punch Card promotion, which can help loyalty program customers save on groceries when they fill or transfer a prescription to one of the chain’s pharmacy locations.

As part of Rx Punch Card promotion, VIC loyalty program customers that transfer or fill a prescription will receive a $20 electronic coupon, which automatically will be applied to their card, for use on their next Harris Teeter grocery purchase of $20 or more. VIC households can earn up to 10, $20 coupons during the promotion for a total of $200 in savings, the company said.

The promotion runs through April 3.

Harris Teeter operates 136 pharmacy locations in six states, including Washington, D.C.

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Laurry Hinds joins BioPlus

BY Allison Cerra

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Laurry Hinds has been named regional director at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy, responsible for business development in western North Carolina, the company announced.

Hinds, a registered nurse, will focus on hepatitis C and intravenous immunoglobulin sales. IVIG is a blood product used to treat certain immune deficiencies, autoimmune diseases and acute infections.

“We are delighted that Laurry has joined our business development team. She brings a rare combination of enthusiasm and knowledge that I know will create strong relationships with the referral sources in her market,” BioPlus VP sales Bill Cook said.


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