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Indian company announces launch of 3-minute HIV test

BY Drew Buono

PUNE, India Venkateswara Hatcheries private limited is ready to launch a three-minute HIV test.

MedMira’s rapid HIV test is the only one to achieve approval by the Food and Drug Administration. It is a simple diagnostic test that does not require a reader or an expert to perform, and can be done by anybody. The results will be obtained in three minutes.

MedMira received a contract for one million rapid HIV tests from its distribution partner, Venkateswara this past February.

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Rite Aid’s Sammons to receive local award

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Mary Sammons, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rite Aid will receive the Business Achievement Award from the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, which serves the Harrisburg, Pa. area, on Nov. 7, according to a report in the Harrisburg-area Patriot News published Wednesday.

Sammons was chosen for her role in helping move East Pennsboro Twp.-based Rite Aid from the brink of bankruptcy to completion of one of the largest acquisitions in retail drug store history.

According to the Patriot News, Rite Aid’s acquisition of the Brooks and Eckerd drugstore chains is projected to bring 350 jobs to the midstate over the next three years.

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Wal-Mart encourages early toy shopping

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart today announced a number of rollbacks on the items it considers the “Top 12 Toys of Christmas,” in order to encourage early holiday shopping.

“Fulfilling her child’s wish list is always first in Mom’s mind, and right now she’s scouting the aisles to see what’s interesting, and what’s affordable,” said Wal-Mart chief toy officer Laura Phillips. “So we’re starting early and aggressively with unbeatable prices on the items we know are on those lists.”

Toys with price reductions include Tonka Trucks, Littlest Pet Shop Digital Pets and Spider-Man Ride-on. According to Wal-Mart, customers will see price drops of 10% to 50% on select toys.

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