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NYT: Companies exploring increased production of new experimental drug to treat Ebola

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — A new experimental drug to treat Ebola has been tried in the two American patients being treated in an Atlanta hospital, The New York Times reported Wednesday
 
The drug is ZMapp and is being jointly developed by Mapp and Defyrus.
 
The companies currently are exploring pathways to ramp production and test the drug in Ebola patients. “It’s absolutely overwhelming,” Larry Zeitlin, the president of Mapp, told The New York Times. “We are discussing with the [Food and Drug Administration] the right path to make the drug available to people as quickly and safely as possible.” 
 
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VIDEO: Sen. Durbin applauds Walgreens’ decision to remain in the States

BY DSN STAFF

CHICAGO — Following Walgreens' decision to acquire the rest of the Alliance Boots business — and to keep its headquarters based in the greater Chicago area — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., weighs in on the decision in a brief video.

In related news, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement: 

"I applaud and commend Greg Wasson and Walgreens for reaffirming their commitment to the United States, Illinois, and Chicago. Walgreens’ presence across Chicago’s neighborhoods make them an important member of the Chicagoland family and a critical player in our city’s history and our future. Their decision today speaks volumes about their determination to be a strong business, good corporate citizen, and vital community neighbors."

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Pirate’s Booty adds more treasure

BY Ryan Chavis

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — B&G Food earlier this week announced that it's making two additions to the Pirate’s Booty line, which include Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures and Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty. Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures features pirate-themed shapes in aged white cheddar flavor while Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty offers baked rice-and-corn puffs with a coating of raspberry flavor.

“We know that finding snack options that appeal to both parents and kids isn’t always easy. That’s why we’re pleased to offer new twists on the snack that everyone knows and loves, Pirate’s Booty,” said Eric Berniker, VP of consumer engagement and innovation at B&G Foods. “Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures really ups the ante on the crunch factor with fun pirate-y shapes creating a different snacking experience. Fruity Booty is the perfect balance of subtle sweet and crunchy for when you’re craving fruity fun.”

Both snack products are currently rolling out to retailers.

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