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Warner Home Video to release films in line with Black History Month

BY Allison Cerra

BURBANK, Calif. Warner Home Video is embracing Black History Month with the debut of "Of Boys and Men" on DVD, and "The Color Purple" and "Malcolm X" on Blu-ray.

“We are proud to offer consumers and retailers some of the most dramatic and compelling stories about African-American life, past and present, in celebration of Black History Month,” said Eva Davis, EVP and general manager of Warner Premiere. “These films illustrate the depth of WHV’s library, as well as our commitment to discovering new, diverse cinematic voices.”

Each film has been digitally remastered and includes such special features as guest commentary and deleted scenes. The "Of Boys and Men" DVD is available for $14.97; the Blu-ray editions of "The Color Purple" and "Malcolm X" both tote a suggested retail price of $34.99.

The films will be available on Jan. 25, 2011.

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Shire to acquire Movetis

BY DSN STAFF

DUBLIN Shareholders of Belgian drug maker Movetis have put up nearly all of their shares for sale as British drug maker Shire moves to acquire the company, Shire said Thursday.

 

Shire said 99.18% of Movetis’ shares had been tendered as of Monday.

 

 

Shire announced last month that it would buy Movetis for $567 million. The Turnhout, Belgium-based company makes gastroenterology drugs.

 

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Melville’s a step in the right direction for CHPA

BY Michael Johnsen

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT If there were just one word that captured the flavor of CHPA today, that word likely would be “collaborator.” Because under Linda Suydam’s tutelage, any issue addressed by CHPA never really felt like an “us” or “them,” but rather a confluence of issues and concerned stakeholders all flowing toward a singular, fair solution. With the naming of Scott Melville as CHPA’s next president, it seems the association may have a little more of the same to look forward to.

(THE NEWS: CHPA names new president. For the full story, click here)

Melville comes to CHPA as a veteran facilitator familiar with health care and, more importantly, the vital roles over-the-counter medicines and natural health solutions play in today’s healthcare system. As announced, Melville most recently served as SVP government affairs and general counsel for the Healthcare Distribution and Management Association and at one time had worked on the staff of Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., a member of Congress since 1978 and former chair of the House Appropriations Committee (Lewis served in that capacity from 2005 to 2007).

And at CHPA, Melville will have an opportunity to bring all of his decades of experience as an advocator in the healthcare sector to bear. After all, next year the first baby boomers will be celebrating their 65th birthdays. And as the largest generational demographic continues to contend with the wellness issues associated with old age, you can bet today’s healthcare model will be wholly transformed within the next decade. And that means CHPA will be in need of a steady hand at the helm to help frame tomorrow’s healthcare model if self care and affordable access to medicines are to remain a reality.

So in that respect, Drug Store News agrees with CHPA chairman Christopher DeWolf’s assessment that Melville’s “experience in public policy, coalition-building and working with government officials and key stakeholders will be invaluable in guiding the industry through the rapidly changing healthcare environment.”

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