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Schnucks to carry InStoreProducts’ germ-protected shopping bags

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS A Midwestern supermarket chain said Friday it was the first to offer reusable grocery bags with built-in protection from bacteria.

Schnucks announced that it will carry bags made by Mississauga, Ontario-based InStore Products made with Microban antimicrobial product protection in the interior lining. Microban prevents odors and stains from developing and allows the bags to be reused for longer periods of time.

“Once our customers take the bags home, the bags often take on additional uses such as lunch bags, book bags and even gym bags,” Schnucks category manager Justin Leazer said. “While the older bags could be washed and disinfected, this bag offers built-in protection to keep the bag cleaner for longer.”

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Lilly’s Gemzar patent upheld

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS A court has upheld Eli Lilly’s patent on an injected drug for treating cancer, the drug maker announced Thursday.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana upheld the validity of Lilly’s compound patent on Gemzar (gemcitabine hydrochloride), maintaining the company’s U.S. exclusivity for the drug through Nov. 15, blocking Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ attempt to market a generic version.

A second patent for the drug, which would have expired in 2013 and covered the drug’s Food and Drug Administration-approved uses, was ruled invalid by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in a separate case. Because Lilly has appealed the Michigan court’s decision, the Indiana court ruled that Lilly could not enforce the 2013 patent in the Indiana case.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling upholding the validity of Gemzar’s compound patent and remain optimistic that a successful appeal of the Michigan decision on the Gemzar method-of-use patent will retain U.S. exclusivity for Gemzar into 2013,” Lilly SVP and general counsel Robert Armitage said. “Protection of intellectual property rights is extremely important to the biopharmaceutical industry and the physicians and patients we serve, as these rights help support the development of the next generation of innovative medicines to treat unmet medical needs.”

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Walgreens specialty pharmacy to share its space in San Francisco

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN FRANCISCO Walgreens plans to share some of the space for its specialty pharmacy in San Francisco’s Castro district with a local museum, according to published reports.

The Bay Area Reporter, a gay and lesbian newspaper, reported Thursday that Walgreens would expand its specialty pharmacy into one-third of a former laundromat next door while leasing the other two-thirds to the GLBT Historical Society for five years at a reduced rent rate. The museum plans to open in June.

According to the article, Walgreens will pay for the remodeling of the space and seek city permits while using its third of the space for infusion therapy. The pharmacy originally had planned to take over the entire space, but the city government declined to give it a permit, and local business had complained that it would give the pharmacy too large a footprint in the neighborhood.

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