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Meijer adds 2,000 items to NuVal scoring system

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Meijer is adding 2,000 new items to an independent nutritional scoring system that was implemented in its stores last year.

NuVal, designed to take the guesswork out of determining the nutritional value of a product, now will feature 19 new grocery categories, including frozen snacks, mustards, baked goods, soups, pancake mixes, tomato pastes and creamers. In total, Meijer will now have more than 15,000 private label and national brands assigned a NuVal nutritional score on its store shelves.

“This independent nutritional scoring system has become an incredibly important tool for our shoppers over the past 10 months,” said Ralph Fischer, group VP grocery at Meijer. “It’s been a resounding success, and our customers wanted more products brought into the NuVal system. We’re only too happy to help them in their effort to make well-informed nutritional choices on a product-by-product basis.”

Those products analyzed by NuVal will sport small tags that reveal their scientifically calculated nutritional value score, ranging from 1-100, with 100 being the most nutritious. The NuVal system was developed by a team of renowned nutritional experts from leading universities and health organizations, and is currently in use by a handful of major grocery chains across the country.

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Keryx’s cancer drug gets fast-track designation from FDA

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK The Food and Drug Administration has granted fast-track review to an investigational drug by Keryx Biopharmaceuticals for cancer, Keryx announced Monday.

The FDA granted the status to KRX-0401 (perifosine), which prevents activation of a protein in an enzyme related to advanced colorectal cancer. The FDA Fast Track program is designed to help companies develop drugs that treat serious or life-threatening conditions and that are able to address unmet medical needs.

“We believe that this fast-track designation adds substantial value to perifosine’s development in refractory, advanced colorectal cancer,” Keryx CEO Ron Bentsur said in a statement.

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CVS Caremark’s charitable arm aids Rhode Island flood relief

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced on Monday that it is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts across Rhode Island.

“This week’s floods made a devastating impact on Rhode Island and we want to do everything we can to help the state and its residents recover as quickly as possible,” stated Eileen Howard Dunn, VP of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. “The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and the American Red Cross have partnered many times over the years on disaster relief efforts and we are pleased to support the critical aid they are providing to flood victims in Rhode Island.”

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark. The mission is to provide funding for programs serving children with disabilities as well as nonprofits that provide healthcare services to the uninsured and medically at-risk populations.

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