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Perrigo names Hukill director of technical operations

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich Perrigo has promoted Shannon Hukill to director of technical operations, the company announced Thursday.

In his new job, Hukill will be responsible for the company’s Michigan-based technical services, in addition to dispensing and receiving warehouse technical services.

Hukill was previously associate director for technical support, managing deviation investigation process and alternative raw material sourcing. He has worked for the company for more than 10 years and has previously worked in research and development, as a dispensing manager and plant manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Michigan.

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Nerviano partners with Genentech to develop anticancer drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A company that develops cancer drugs has announced a multi-year collaboration with Genentech.

Nerviano Medical Sciences said that it would collaborate with South San Francisco, Calif.-based Genentech to search for antibody drug compounds to develop anticancer drugs. It is the second agreement between Genentech and NMS in less than a year, NMS said.

Genentech will have exclusive rights to fully develop and commercialize licensed products, while NMS will primarily synthesize and manufacture drug reagents.

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More Americans cutting back on prescription medications

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NEW YORK Economic difficulties are causing more Americans to forego prescription drugs, according to The New York Times.

Costs for housing and food are trumping costs for drugs, and some patients have stopped taking drugs for chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and high cholesterol. Some drug makers have reported decreases in sales of certain drugs, while IMS Health has reported reductions in prescriptions being dispensed.

The Times reported that the trend could cause increases in complications from chronic disease.

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