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Weis Markets initiates 90-day supplies of generic drugs for $9.99

BY Jenna Duncan

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets will offer 90-day generic drugs supplies—covering more than 350 different prescriptions—for $9.99.

Weis has brought the discounted prescription drug deal to 59 of its stores pharmacies in across Pennsylvania, in such markets as the Poconos, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, as well as to stores in New Jersey and Elmira, N.Y. The discounted prescription drugs are now available in 118 Weis Market pharmacies chainwide.

“Our 90-day generic prescription plan offers the best of both worlds: low prices in a full service retail pharmacy, where patients overwhelming prefer to have their prescriptions filled,” Jeff Maltese, Weis Markets’ vice president of pharmacy said. “Pharmacists in the retail setting are uniquely positioned to offer personal pharmaceutical care and medication management, something that’s difficult to do with mail order.”

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Walgreens reports increase in sales for September

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens today reported that its sales for the month of September totaled $4.85 billion, up 10 percent from the same month last year. Calendar year-to-date, sales totaled $44.35 billion reflecting an increase of 9.9 percent from last year’s total of $40.36 billion.

The company also said that comparable-store sales, covering stores open for at least one year, increased by 4.7 percent. Front-end comp-store sales increased 1.3 percent, the company reported. Walgreens credited front-end sales numbers to strong beauty and consumables sales.

According to Walgreens, pharmacy sales comprised 67.2 percent of total sales for September. September pharmacy sales increased 11.2 percent, while comparable pharmacy sales increased 6.5 percent. Comparable pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 2.4 percentage points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months. Total prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased 3.5 percent.

In September, Walgreens cut the ribbon on 36 stores, including three relocations, and acquired three stores.

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FDA approves new treatment for HIV

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination therapy for HIV from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bristol announced Wednesday.

The treatment, which combines 300 mg of the drug Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) with 100 mg of ritonavir, is for people with untreated HIV, also known as treatment-naive patients.

“Boosted Reyataz provides healthcare professionals a newly approved, once-daily dosing option as part of combination therapy for patients naive to HIV therapy,” said Dr. Elliott Sigal, Bristol’s executive vice president, chief scientific officer and president for research and development.

The treatment is based on the 48-week CASTLE study, which demonstrated that the once-daily combined therapy was similar in efficacy to the twice-daily combination of lopinavir and ritonavir.

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