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Study: Drug shortage linked to greater relapse risk in young Hodgkin lymphoma patients

BY Jason Owen

MEMPHIS  — A national drug shortage has been linked to a higher rate of relapse among children, teenagers and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma enrolled in a national clinical trial, according to research led by St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The study found the estimated two-year cancer-free survival for patients enrolled in the study fell from 88% to 75% after the drug cyclophosphamide was substituted for mechlorethamine for treatment of patients with intermeidiate- or high-risk Hodgkin lymphoma. The study was launched before the drug shortages began.

The change occurred after a mechlorethamine shortage that began in 2009. No study patients have died, but relapsed patients needed additional intensive therapy associated with higher odds for infertility and other health problems.

The full analysis appears in the Dec. 27 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Report: Supervalu, former president settle court suit

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Supervalu last week settled its suit enforcing a non-compete clause against former president Leon Bergmann, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported last week.

According to the report, Bergmann had resigned as president of Supervalu’s independent business organization in favor of a position with Unified Grocers. Supervalu sued to enforce its confidentiality agreements.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed. 

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American Greetings offers new card line with added toy sock puppet

BY Jason Owen

CLEVELAND  — American Greetings has announced a new line of children’s birthday cards: The Lost Socks. This new line of cards not only provides a beloved child with a thoughtful and funny greeting, but also gives them a cute and loveable sock puppet as an added birthday gift.

“We know that consumers love to find new and exciting ways to make a child feel really special on their birthdays," said Carol Miller, executive director of new product concepts at American Greetings. "Each Lost Socks card is just bursting with personality and cheer; kids will totally become smitten with their new sock puppet friend and play with them long after their birthdays are over.”

From the mysterious realm beyond the dryer, it’s The Lost Socks. Separated from their matching pair years ago, these ready-to-wear sock puppet cards roam the laundry room of life dedicated to spreading happiness and cheer. These adorable, pun-filled sock puppets are ready to be pulled from the card and played with for even more birthday fun. Designs includeArrrgyle the Pirate, Princess Slipperfoot and Paws the Dog, each with their own personality and backstory included on the card.

Consumers can find The Lost Socks at participating drug chains, grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as in American Greetings and Carlton Cards retail stores.

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