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NeurogesX seeks expanded approval for Qutenza

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN MATEO, Calif. A company that develops drugs for pain is hoping to get approval of one of its drugs for a pain condition associated with HIV.

NeurogesX announced Monday that it would seek Food and Drug Administration approval for the drug Qutenza (capsaicin) as a treatment for HIV-associated neuropathy, also called HIV-AN or HIV-distal sensory polyneuropathy, in the first half of 2011. The drug, a patch, already is approved for post-herpetic neuralgia. HIV-AN results from injury to sensory neurons by HIV virus proteins, the body’s immune response to the virus and some drugs used to treat it.

 

“As a company, we are focused on addressing unmet medical needs in pain and have made significant progress toward this goal with the U.S. launch of Qutenza,” NeurogesX president and CEO Anthony DiTonno said. “Our decision to submit a supplemental [application] to address the HIV-AN patient population is important as there are currently no FDA-approved treatments for HIV-AN.”

 

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Weis reports rise in sales for Q3

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Thursday announced its third-quarter net income increased 4.9% to $16.3 million and that its earnings per share for the same period increased 5.2% to 61 cents per share, compared with the same period a year ago.

During the 13-week period ended Sept. 25, the company’s sales increased 2.7% to $640 million while its comparable-store sales increased 0.1%.

“We continue to produce solid earnings increases in a slow growth environment that continues to be affected by cautious consumer spending,” stated Weis president and CEO David Hepfinger. “We attribute our results to continuing operational improvements at store and distribution levels, increased efficiencies, improved cost controls, and disciplined marketing and advertising.”

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Giant Eagle opens Market District store in Ohio

BY Michael Johnsen

COLUMBUS, Ohio Giant Eagle on Thursday announced the opening of its first Ohio Market District food store — a 132,000-sq.-ft. upscale grocer — in the redeveloped Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington.

The Kingsdale Market District, the fourth for the multiformat food retailer, also marks the region’s first Ohio State University Medical Center FastCare retail health clinic, which will offer seasonal flu shots and screening events during the site’s first few weeks. Set to begin providing all services on Nov. 9, the clinic will offer a convenient extension to primary care physicians and urgent care centers with integrated health records, and allow for diagnosis and treatment of many basic acute, episodic health conditions and minor injuries.

“The opening of the new Kingsdale Market District offers all of our best food ideas and discoveries in one place,” stated Giant Eagle’s senior EVP and chief strategy officer Laura Karet. “As a company, we are so excited to bring our customers the very best food experience imaginable — fresh, unique, delicious, colorful — all of the things someone thinks about when they taste something new and incredible.”

“What I see in this new building is not just a set of walls,” stated Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland during an opening presentation delivered Thursday morning. “I see new jobs for our people and a new day for Ohio. Market District is creating 400 jobs and transforming the Kingsdale shopping plaza in Upper Arlington,” Strickland said. “That’s an investment in central Ohio’s future and a great example of the new opportunities that are rising up in Ohio today.”

The Travel Channel’s Adam Richman kicked off the store’s official grand opening with an in-store appearance. Others on hand to celebrate the grand opening on Thursday included “The Cheese Lady” Sarah Kaufman, Veggy Art founder James Parker and former Tennessee Titan runningback Eddie George. The festivities will continue over the weekend with appearances from season-four “Hell’s Kitchen” winner Christina Machamer on Friday, and America’s youngest four-star chef and judge on “MasterChef,” Graham Elliot Bowles, on Saturday, Giant Eagle announced.

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