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Prasco begins distribution of doxercalciferol capsules

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Prasco Laboratories announced on Tuesday that it has started shipping the generic version of Hectorol (doxercalciferol) 0.5-, 1.0- and 2.5-mcg capsules, each in 50-count bottles under the Prasco label.

Prasco entered into a distribution and supply agreement with Genzyme, a Sanofi company, for doxercalciferol capsules, the generic version of Hectorol 0.5-, 1.0- and 2.5-mcg capsules.
 
Hectorol capsules are indicated for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with Stage 3 or Stage 4 chronic kidney disease not on dialysis, and patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.

 

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Zipnosis partners with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System

BY Antoinette Alexander

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. and MINNEAPOLIS — Zipnosis, a virtual care service that provides online diagnosis and treatment for common medical conditions, has partnered with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System to begin offering online diagnosis and treatment.

The academic medical center will begin using Zipnosis’ virtual care service this summer. The partnership with UAB marks Zipnosis’ first major step toward national expansion.

By using Zipnosis, patients can seek treatment for conditions such as sinus infections, female bladder infections, pink eye and skin conditions without a clinic visit by using their computer, mobile phone or tablet.

“UAB is a leading academic medical center that has deep roots in delivering quality care. They recognize their patients are demanding new access points to UAB clinicians and we’re excited to partner with them in Alabama to accomplish that goal,” stated Zipnosis CEO Jon Pearce.
 

 

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Ahold to acquire Spar in Czech Republic

BY Antoinette Alexander

ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold has entered into an agreement to acquire Spar’s business in the Czech Republic. The acquisition includes 50 stores of which 36 are compact hypers and 14 are supermarkets.

The acquisition, which has and enterprise value of CZK 5,245 million, will be funded from existing cash resources and is subject to merger clearance.
 
This acquisition is in line with Ahold’s strategy to expand its geographic reach in both current and adjacent markets, and focus on leading market positions. Ahold has had a presence in the Czech Republic since 1991 and has developed the business under the Albert brand name.
 
"Our Czech Republic Albert’s business has continued to successfully improve the performance of its business during recent years. The acquisition of Spar’s business in the Czech Republic is an important strategic step and marks an exciting new phase for Ahold in the Czech Republic. It allows us to combine two companies that have a natural fit and that share a continuous focus on quality and value, and becoming a better place to shop for our customers. It will provide our large base of local suppliers access to an even bigger market, and I look forward to welcoming the associates to our company,” stated Dick Boer, CEO of Ahold.
 
Ahold currently operates 284 Albert supermarkets and compact hypers in the Czech Republic. Following the acquisition of Spar, the company will have more than 330 stores.

 

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