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WSJ: With 27 drug approvals to date, FDA on pace for record-number of new drug approvals

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration is on pace to match or exceed the 39 novel new medicines approved in 2012, according to a Wall Street Journal report published last week
 
To date, the agency has approved 27 novel new medicines this year, including biologics, matching the number of new drug approvals for all of last year. 
 
"However, determining an approval rate is tricky," WSJ noted. "That’s because the applications that the FDA receives each year almost never equate with the actual drugs that are approved in the same year." "[T]here were nine applications submitted through March, according to agency data. And last year, when 27 novel new drugs were approved, the agency received 36 applications [in that time frame]."
 
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NatureSmart launches Star Wars brand Gummy Vitamins

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — NatureSmart on Tuesday introduced Star Wars brand Gummy Vitamins, which are available in three Complete Multi-Vitamin formulations, with more than 10 essential vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development, plus an Immune Support formula.
 
Featuring limited edition labels and gummy shapes inspired by classic Star Wars characters, the debut product line is available in four formulations, including:
 
  • Star Wars "Villain" Complete Multi-Vitamin Gummies with Darth Vader, Stormtrooper and Boba Fett shapes in three flavors — mixed berry, raspberry and pineapple;
  • Star Wars Complete Multi-Vitamin Sour Gummies with Yoda shapes in a natural sour apple flavor;
  • Star Wars "Hero" Complete Multi-Vitamin Gummies with Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Millennium Falcon and Star Wars logo shapes in three flavors — tropical, fruit punch and orange; and
  • Star Wars Immune Support Complex Gummies with R2-D2 and C-3PO shapes in orange and blue raspberry flavors.
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Wegmans Pharmacy provides flu clinic for YMCA of Greater Rochester

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The YMCA of Greater Rochester on Tuesday partnered with Wegmans Pharmacy to provide adult YMCA members with flu shots. 
 
Wegmans will be offering flu clinics at select Y branches throughout the community. Members do not need a prescription or an appointment. 
 
For more information on the flu clinics at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, visit rochesterymca.org/flu-clinics.
 
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