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Sanofi, Massachusetts General Hospital enter collaboration

BY Allison Cerra

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A drug maker and a hospital have entered an agreement aimed at developing new treatments for various types of hematological malignancies and solid tumors.

Sanofi and Massachusetts General Hospital said their project-based collaboration unites scientists from the respective parties, with the goal of "maximizing the strengths of both academic and industry cross-organizational expertise, and will include both preclinical and clinical translational research to elucidate questions from proof-of-concept to tolerability, efficacy and effectiveness."

The initial agreement is for two years with the option to extend for a longer term at the discretion of both partners. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed.

"This is a unique model of collaboration and exemplifies our open innovation [research and devlopment] strategy as well as Sanofi’s approach to make the best use of world-class institutions and scientists within greater Boston," said Debasish Roychowdhury, SVP and head of Sanofi Oncology. "Our partners at Massachusetts General Hospital are renowned for their basic and translational oncology research accomplishments and we look forward to leveraging our collective strengths to best develop these molecules."


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Duncan Hines introduces limited-edition Frosting Creations flavor mixes

BY Allison Cerra

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Duncan Hines has introduced limited-edition flavors under its Frosting Creations line.

Evoking traditional, nostalgic holiday flavors and aromas, Duncan Hines already has introduced apple pie and pumpkin spice flavors to the market, followed by the debut of peppermint stick and gingerbread flavor mixes on Nov. 1.

"Leaves are changing, the air is cooling and passionate bakers are preparing their holiday menus and dessert gift baskets — only this year they have a secret seasonal weapon at their disposal," said Joe DiPaolo, corporate pastry chef for Duncan Hines. "Our limited-edition Duncan Hines Frosting Creations flavors exude the essence of holiday, reminding us of fall apple picking and the magic of the winter holidays that makes us all feel like kids again."

Duncan Hines Frosting Creations are available at retailers nationwide.

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Vet, FTC meeting affirms pharmacists’ animal medication role

BY Alaric DeArment

RHINELANDER, Wis. — A meeting with federal officials last week indicated that pharmacists’ importance in dispensing animal drugs is growing.

Last Tuesday, pharmacists and veterinarians met with officials from the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., for a four-session meeting that affirmed pharmacists’ increasing role, according to online pet supply company Drs. Foster and Smith.

Drs. Foster and Smith cited a study showing that about 6 million pet prescriptions were filled at pharmacies outside veterinary offices in 2011. The company also estimates that as much as 50% of all heartworm medications and arthritis drugs for animals will be dispensed at pharmacies rather than veterinary offices and hospitals in the near future.

"We stand behind the [American Veterinary Medical Association’s] principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics, which encourages veterinarians to honor a client’s request for a written prescription," AVMA president Douglas Aspros said at the FTC meeting. "The AVMA is supportive of the client’s right to choose where they have their prescriptions filled."

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the AVMA had endorsed Veterinary Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site certification, or Vet-VIPPS. The sentence has been removed.


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A.DeArment says:
Oct-18-2012 03:49 pm

Lynne, Thank you for pointing that out. The error has been corrected. The story was based on a third-party press release, and we didn't use any information that came directly from the AVMA.

L.White-Shim says:
Oct-12-2012 11:51 am

The American Veterinary Medical Association supports this article’s reference to Dr. Aspros’s statement, as we believe veterinarians should honor a client’s request for a prescription in lieu of dispensing. We are also engaging with pharmacy groups to promote best practices, including licensed pharmacist training in veterinary pharmacology. That said, there is an inaccuracy in the article and we ask that a correction be made. The AVMA does not “endorse” Vet-VIPPS. The term “Vet-VIPPS” is incorporated into our Internet Pharmacies policy to support our statement that pharmacy accreditation is one factor to consider when evaluating the quality of a pharmacy. That is not an endorsement nor is it intended to be. Lynne White-Shim, MS, DVM Assistant Director, Scientific Activities AVMA

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