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Whole Foods partners with Solid Ground to fight hunger

BY Vivian Gomez

AUSTIN, TX — Whole Foods Market made a $46,784 donation to Solid Ground, a Seattle-based organization with a mission to build a community to end poverty. Throughout 2013, shoppers who visited any of the six Seattle-area Whole Foods Market stores had an opportunity to participate in the Bag Hunger program, with a cash donation to Solid Ground at the checkout registers.

Solid Ground will direct the funds to support its Cooking Matters program. Classes offered in more than 65 locations throughout Greater Seattle and Washington State focus on educating low-income individuals on healthy cooking skills, general nutrition education and budgeting.

"Whole Foods Market has worked in partnership with Solid Ground for more than six years and we love the opportunity to share this organization’s great work with our shoppers," said Joe Rogoff, regional president at Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest. "As a company, we want to find ways to create greater access to healthy eating education, and we appreciate the work Solid Ground does every day to make this a reality."

"We are grateful for this donation from Whole Foods Market and its compassionate community of shoppers. It is an investment that will help improve nutrition among vulnerable people, thereby addressing an important aspect of poverty in our community," said Gordon McHenry Jr., president and CEO of Solid Ground.

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market has more than 325 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

 

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Cardinal Health elects David Anderson to board

BY Ryan Chavis

DUBLIN, OH — Cardinal Health on Monday announced that its board of directors elected David J. Anderson as an independent director. Anderson most recently served as SVP and CFO of Honeywell International. He also will serve on the board’s audit committee.        

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Dave to our board of directors," said George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "Dave has a distinguished career across multiple industries and is recognized by investors and peers as one of America’s top CFOs. With close to two decades of experience with high-performing public companies, we know his contributions will be invaluable."  

Anderson currently sits on the board of directors of American Electric Power. He is a graduate of Indiana University and also received an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

 

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Mylan challenges FDA ruling on celecoxib

BY Ryan Chavis

PITTSBURGH — Mylan last week announced that it filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration, challenging the agency’s decision regarding generic drug marketing exclusivity on celecoxib capsules, the generic equivalent of Pfizer’s Celebrex.

Mylan believes that the agency was misguided in its decision in the case and maintains that it is in a position to receive final approval on May 30 when Celebrex’s remaining patents expire. Other companies have settled for a December 2014 launch date and will be unable to launch on May 30.

"We believe the FDA has made an unprecedented error in this case which clearly caught all industry participants off guard, as evidenced by some who have already settled with Pfizer for December 2014 launch dates, which is post patent expiry. Mylan seeks an order compelling FDA to grant final approval of Mylan’s ANDA on May 30, 2014," said Heather Bresch, Mylan CEO.

 

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