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Rite Aid upgrades cash registers to support FSA cards

BY Antoinette Alexander

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid has upgraded its pharmacy and front-end cash registers to make it easier for shoppers to use their Flexible Spending Account debit cards.

The pharmacy retailer is utilizing an inventory information approval system to allow customers to pay for eligible healthcare items with FSA debit cards. Eligible healthcare purchases on receipts are identified with an H to the right of the item’s price. These items are tallied by the cash register and can be paid for by an FSA debit card. The remaining balance for non-eligible items is paid for separately.

The FSA debits cards work similar to other debit cards and allow customers to buy certain health items using funds from a pre-tax accounts.

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FDA approves Galderma’s Epiduo Gel treatment for acne

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new acne treatment by Galderma Laboratories, the agency announced Wednesday.

The treatment, Epiduo Gel, is known generically as adapalene and benzoyl peroxide and is used to treat acne vulgaris in patients aged 12 and older.

FDA records indicate the agency approved it Monday.

Galderma, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, had not made a statement about the approval at midday Wednesday.

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Wyeth announces lay-offs at operations in Puerto Rico

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico More than 200 Wyeth Pharmaceuticals employees in Puerto Rico will lose their jobs between the end of the year and February, according to the Associated Press.

The drug maker said it would lay off 276 workers as part of a restructuring plan and drop in demand. The company employs about 3,000 people in the territory.

A spokeswoman for the company said the availability of generics reduced demand for the anti-anxiety drug Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride) and the acid reflux disease drug Protonix (pantoprazole sodium).

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