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Teva applies for FDA approval for generic version of Truvada

BY Alaric DeArment

LOS ANGELES Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has applied for Food and Drug Administration approval for a generic version of Gilead Science’ Truvada, Gilead said Friday, based on a notification it received about Teva’s intentions from the FDA.

Truvada, an HIV drug, is a combination of Gilead’s drugs Viread (tenofovir) and Emtriva (emtricitabine).

According to law, Gilead has 45 days from the receipt of the FDA’s notification letter to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Teva. If it files a suit, Teva will be unable to get approval for a generic version of Truvada for two and a half years or until a court invalidates Gilead’s patent.

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Sepracor may get incentives to keep its business local

BY Alaric DeArment

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. Drug maker Sepracor might get tax breaks for building in its hometown.

The MetroWest Daily News reports that the company is constructing new buildings in Marlborough, Mass., and will create 250 new jobs. Local officials proposed the tax breaks to give Sepracor incentives for further development, and the company may save $4.1 million.

The city’s finance committee will vote on the proposal Monday.

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H-E-B, RediClinic open largest U.S. retail clinic in Houston area

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON Clinic operator RediClinic has opened its 15th Houston-area convenient care clinic in the new H-E-B store that, according to the Convenient Care Association, is the largest retail-based clinic in the United States.

The 926-square-foot clinic features three exam rooms and a room specifically for blood draws.

“We are delighted to be expanding out footprint in our home market with the opening of our 15th Greater Houston clinic,” said Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of RediClinic. “The larger clinic design in H-E-B’s new Bunker Hill store enables us to treat more patients and gives us more flexibility in adding new services.”

RediClinic operates 21 clinics in H-E-B stores in Houston and Austin; and 15 clinics in Wal-Mart stores in Atlanta, Ga.; Fayetteville and Rogers, Ark.; Richmond, Va.; and Tulsa, Okla.

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