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Salix, Progenics announce FDA approval for Relistor

BY Ryan Chavis

RALEIGH, N.C. and TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Salix Pharmaceuticals and Progenics Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Relistor (methylnaltrexone bromide) subcutaneous injection in 12-mg dosage strength to treat constipation in patients taking opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain. The drug currently is the only available medication approved for treating opioid-induced constipation at the cause without interfering with the properties of the opioid, the companies said. 
 
“Frequently, opioid analgesics are prescribed to manage pain in patients suffering from chronic conditions. Unfortunately, the use of an opioid can result in debilitating constipation for a significant number of these patients,” said Bill Forbes, EVP, medical, research and development and chief development officer, Salix. “The approval and availability of Relistor for treating the underlying cause of OIC provides an important and welcomed advancement for many patients who experience constipation while taking opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.”
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Hamacher Resource Group names director of marketing

BY Michael Johnsen

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group on Tuesday announced the addition of Cari Sass as director of marketing. Sass is leading HRG’s marketing team and working with the directors of business development and national accounts to strengthen relationships with clients and prospects. As part of the leadership team, she is helping to ensure HRG solutions meet the needs of their target audiences. Sass also will be responsible for expanding, strengthening and protecting the integrity of the HRG brand.
 
Sass previously served as director of marketing for a prominent Milwaukee-based architectural firm for 14 years, and brings with her a strategic yet visionary approach to marketing services that will serve the diverse manufacturer, retail, wholesale and technology organizations who seek HRG’s expertise on marketing solutions that will make an impact in the health, beauty and wellness marketplace.
 
“Cari’s background and management style make her a great fit with our leadership team,” said Dawn Vogelsang, HRG president. “Her contributions to corporate marketing planning and communications, creative direction and guidance of new product and service development will help take our marketing efforts to new heights.” 
 
“I am very excited for this new opportunity,” Sass said. “It is an honor to join a company so highly regarded within the industry, and I am looking forward to working with leadership and the marketing team to refine and develop new and innovative solutions to best serve our clients and shape the health, beauty and wellness consumer experience at retail.” 
 
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Camber recognizes Target’s commitment to partnership

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Clayton Smith Sales Representative of Camber Pharmaceuticals (left), Rick Joslin, Buyer, Pharmacy and Julie Vanhove Director, Drug Acquisition and Distribution of Target 

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Camber Pharmaceuticals, a generic drugs supplier, presented Target with its "Outstanding Partnership" award for 2014. Camber sales representative Clayton Smith presented Rick Joslin, buyer for pharmacy and Julie Vanhove, director of drug acquisition and distribution with the award based on sales growth and the spirit of teamwork between the two organizations.

“Communication from the Target purchasing team has been exceptional and has made it possible for Camber to make timely adjustments and tailor our services to best meet the needs of both companies” Smith said. “Target’s commitment to partnership has generated a dramatic increase in annual sales making it possible for Camber to maximize our value proposition.  This year especially we were thrilled to participate in Target’s joint business planning initiatives and look forward to continuing to drive mutual growth as a valued partner in the years to come."

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