Report: former Walgreen CEO not joining J.C. Penney board
CHICAGO The Reuters news service reported Friday that former Walgreens chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Rein has withdrawn his acceptance of a board position with J.C. Penney.
Rein cited his recent retirement from Walgreens for his decision not to serve on Penney’s board, according to the report, but said he remains interested in corporate board service.
King announces acquisition of Alpharma
BRISTOL, Tenn. King Pharmaceuticals will acquire Alpharma in a deal worth $1.6 billion, King said Monday.
Alpharma had rejected a $33-per-share bid King made earlier, but accepted the most recent $37-per-share bid.
Alpharma, based in Bridgewater, N.J., has lately sought regulatory approval for painkillers designed to thwart abuse, such as Remoxy, a liquid capsule-based formulation of oxycodone.
Viagra under investigation for effect on athletes
NEW YORK The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating whether the drug Viagra gives athletes a competitive advantage on the playing field.
The drug, known generically as sildenafil citrate and made by Pfizer, works by opening the blood vessels. According to published reports, some experts have said this could give athletes more endurance by increasing the bloodstreams ability to deliver oxygen.
If studies indicate that Viagra does give athletes an advantage, WADA will consider listing it as a performance-enhancing drug.