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Ritzman gears up for retail pharmacy No. 10

BY Michael Johnsen

WADSWORTH, Ohio Ritzman Pharmacies plans to open store No. 10 in Green, Ohio, on Tuesday, community newspaper The Suburbanite reported Sunday.

In addition to the 10 retail pharmacies, Ritzman operates one infusion pharmacy.

According to the report, the new location in Green will offer a drive-thru with two lanes and free home delivery two days a week. Another service the store will offer is an automated interactive voice response system.

“We chose Green for our new location because Green was a community that’s pharmacy needs were underserved and we are very excited to be opening in Green the town leaders and residents have been very welcoming and wonderful to work with,” Robin Barnby, VP marketing and medical services at Ritzman, told the paper.

Ritzman has been operating in the Akron, Ohio, region since 1950. In December, Ritzman shuttered its Goodyear Boulevard Akron location and transferred those prescription files to a nearby CVS/pharmacy.

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Schnucks’ O’Brien to serve on Department of Agriculture advisory committee

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS An executive from Schnuck Markets will serve on an advisory committee of the Department of Agriculture, Schnucks said this week.

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Schnucks VP produce and floral Mike O’Brien would be one of 25 people appointed to a two-year term on the USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. O’Brien is also vice chairman of the Produce Marketing Association.

 

“I am honred to represent Schnuck Markets and the retail produce industry as a member of this committee,” O’Brien said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute and to make a difference for families across the nation.”

The committee, originally chartered in 2001, advises the secretary of agriculture on industry issues related to fruits and vegetables.

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Gilead commences phase 3 trial for single-tablet HIV treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

FOSTER CITY, Calif. Gilead Sciences has started a late-stage clinical trial of an investigational 4-in-1 treatment for HIV, the drug maker said.

Gilead announced the initiation of a phase 3 trial of its “Quad” HIV drug, a single-tablet treatment that combines elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. The study will compare the Quad regimen with the standard of care among adults with HIV-1 who have not taken antiretroviral treatments. The company is also investigating cobicistat as a standalone boosting agent for antiretroviral drugs.

“We are pleased to announce that the Quad phase 3 clinical program is underway,” Gilead EVP research and development and chief scientific officer Norbert Bischofberger said. “Efficacy and safety results from the phase 2 study suggest that the Quad may represent an important new option for patients with HIV.”

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