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Prompted by inspection violations, authorities raid United Food Service warehouse

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. U.S. Marshals raided a warehouse in East Point, Ga., Wednesday, seizing an estimated $700,000 worth of packaged food products.

The marshals were acting under a court order obtained by the Food and Drug Administration, which had found widespread rodent infestation in the warehouse during an inspection between Sept. 22 and Oct. 1. FDA investigators had found dozens of living and dead rodents and nests, as well as droppings, urine stains and gnaw holes in food packaging. The warehouse is operated by Atlanta-based Sun Hong Kai Holding, which does business under the name United Food Service and used the warehouse to store rice and other foods.

“United Food Service not only failed to protect the food in this warehouse; it [also] failed to act promptly to correct the violations,” FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs Dara Corrigan said. “This prompted the FDA, working together with its state partner, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, to take these aggressive enforcement actions to protect the health of consumers.”

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Strativa enters license, supply agreement with Sobi

BY Alaric DeArment

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. Strativa Pharmaceuticals is working with a Swedish drug maker to develop and commercialize a prescription vitamin supplement, Strativa said Tuesday.

 

The company said it had signed a license and supply agreement with Swedish Orphan Biovitrum, also known as Sobi, concerning European rights to Strativa’s Nascobal (cyanocobalamin), a vitamin B12 nasal spray.

 

 

The supplement is approved for treating vitamin B12 deficiency, designed as a once-weekly alternative to injections. Vitamin B12 deficiency usually results from pernicious anemia, a strict vegetarian diet and poor absorption of the nutrient resulting from such medical conditions as HIV infection, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and gastrectomy.

 

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PerformRx receives PBM accreditation from URAC

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA A full-service pharmacy benefit manager received its second accreditation from an independent, nonprofit healthcare-accrediting organization.

PerformRx said that its pharmacy benefit management accreditation from URAC indicated that PerformRx’s PBM business demonstrated a commitment to quality services. “This accreditation serves as a clear sign that PerformRx is committed to providing the best possible service to our existing and future customers,” said Mesfin Tegenu, PerformRx president. “The URAC evaluation is an incredibly rigorous process that evaluates the organization at all levels, and to wear the URAC seal is a mark of distinction for our company.”

In conjunction with its PBM accreditation, PerformRx also applied for URAC’s drug therapy management accreditation. PerformRx’s DTM program improves therapeutic outcomes for members by evaluating drug dose, method of delivery, cost effectiveness and other factors, the company said, adding that obtaining the DTM accreditation will allow PerformRx to demonstrate the high quality and effectiveness of its DTM program.

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