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Teva’s NDA for albuterol MDPI accepted by FDA

BY Ryan Chavis

 

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has accepted the company's new drug application for albuterol multi-dose dry-powder inhaler, a breath-actuated dry-powder inhaler for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in patients 12 years of age and older with reversible obstructive airway disease. The inhaler also is indicated for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm in patients 12 years of age and older, according to the company.

“We are extremely pleased the FDA has accepted for review the NDA for albuterol MDPI. If approved, albuterol MDPI would become the first breath-actuated dry-powder symptomatic and rescue inhaler available to asthma patients,” said Tushar Shah, M.D., SVP Teva global respiratory research and development. “As the current market-leader in asthma rescue inhalers, it is our hope that the new dry-powder innovation utilized with albuterol MDPI will help fill an unmet need in the existing asthma market.”

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CVS/pharmacy launches exclusive radiance PLATINUM line of vitamins, supplements

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has introduced its new radiance PLATINUM brand of preservative-free vitamins and supplements.

The new radiance PLATINUM is the latest addition to the growing family of exclusive CVS/pharmacy store brand products. The new line contains 44 vitamins and supplements with various benefits, including probiotics, B-12 and multivitamins for both men and women. The radiance PLATINUM line also has more options, including certified non-GMO, gluten-free, certified organic and those suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

"We are truly proud to introduce our new radiance PLATINUM line. It's our job to listen to our customers and offer products that address their various health needs," said George Coleman, VP of merchandising, store brands and quality assurance, CVS/pharmacy. "I am confident that our customers will be as enthusiastic as we are about having a premium vitamin and supplement option available right at their local CVS/pharmacy. We are continuing to find ways to help our customers on their path to better health by introducing store brand product lines that they can't find anywhere else."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements — including multivitamins, minerals and herbs.

In addition to the array of vitamin and supplement choices available in-store and online, CVS/pharmacy also offers shoppers helpful resources and guided vitamin expertise through its Family Vitamin Center available on CVS.com. The Family Vitamin Center is an online tool designed to help users determine which vitamins and supplements are right for them. Features include a quick questionnaire that offers personalized recommendations based on a short survey, and the ability for users to search by health goals to see what vitamins and supplements may support those specific goals.

In addition, the existing radiance line also has undergone a reformulation to make it 100% preservative-free, and a redesign with new, brighter and easier-to-read packaging. On average, customers can experience cost savings of as much as 20% to 40% by purchasing store brands products, in addition to the savings and rewards available through the ExtraCare Rewards program.

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Weis Markets expands online shopping offering

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Friday announced it will offer online shopping with in-store pickup at its Laurel store on Washington Boulevard beginning Sunday, July 13.
 
Weis Online Shopping is available at www.WeisMarkets.com/OnlineShopping. It allows customers to order online and pay through a secure PayPal system or at the store with curbside checkout. Each order is handpicked by trained personal shoppers and then carefully stored until pick-up. Customers can use their Weis Preferred Shopper’s card to save on their order and earn gas rewards. They also can browse the weekly online circular and add sale items to their cart. Paper and eCoupons also are accepted.
 
“Weis Online Shopping offers our customers the best of both worlds: the in-store shopping experience with online convenience. Our store-level personal shoppers are trained to focus on quality and customize orders,” said Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets’ COO. “Customers can place their orders at any time and schedule a convenient pickup time that suits their schedule. We also offer convenient payment options. Weis Online Shopping works particularly well for customers who don’t have the time or ability to shop including double income households, families with small children and customers with mobility issues.”
 
Weis On-Line Shopping is now offered in 20 locations.
 
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