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Wegmans debuts new store in Northborough, Mass.

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Regional supermarket chain Wegmans made its New England debut on Oct. 16.

The chain opened a 138,000-sq.-ft. store, located in Northborough, Mass., which touts 70,000 products. Citing industry figures, Wegmans said the store is twice the average number for traditional grocery stores.

“We’re so proud to introduce Wegmans to New England we can hardly wait to open the doors,” Wegmans store manager Kevin Russell said. “We aim to give our new customers a shopping experience they’ll love… a real feast for the senses.”

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Watson seeks approval for generic ADHD treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Generic drug maker Watson Pharmaceuticals is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a generic treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said.

Watson announced that it filed a regulatory approval application with the FDA for methylphenidate transdermal system, a patch designed to deliver the central nervous system stimulant methylphenidate over a nine-hour period. The drug is a generic version of Noven Pharmaceuticals’ Daytrana.

Noven filed a patent infringement suit against Watson last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in response to the filing. Under the Hatch-Waxman Act, the suit puts a stay of FDA approval on Watson’s drug for 30 months, or until the Noven and Watson settle the matter. Watson is likely the first company to file for approval of a generic version of Daytrana and as such, will have 180 days in which to compete directly with Noven once it wins final FDA approval.

Daytrana had sales of more than $87 million during the 12-month period ended in July, according to IMS Health.


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Yankee Candle gets ready for winter with 2011 holiday collection

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle is encouraging consumers to embrace the winter months with its latest holiday candles.

New to the Yankee Candle lineup are Cherries on Snow, Mountain Berry and Christmas Rose scents, which complement the brand’s current line of holiday fragrances. All three candles are available in a large classic jar for a suggested retail price of $25.99.

“We are proud to be a part of the holiday tradition for so many families,” Yankee Candle SVP brand, design and innovation Hope Margala Klein said. “Our holiday classic fragrances bring cheer to the homes and hearts of our customers as well as their friends and families. This year’s new scents provide a twist on holiday fragrance which we hope will inspire the start of new seasonal traditions.”

Three new scents now are available at retailers nationwide.

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