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FDA recommends expanding the use of Cymbalta

BY Alaric DeArment

BETHESDA, Md. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has voted to recommend expanding the use of an Eli Lilly & Co. pain drug, the drug maker said Thursday.

Lilly said the FDA’s Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee voted to recommend approval of Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) as a treatment for chronic lower back pain, though it did not support the drug as a treatment for chronic pain due to osteoarthritis. The drug currently is approved for treating diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia.

The advisory committee’s vote does is not binding, though the FDA will take it into account when deciding whether to approve the new uses for the drug.

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Season six of the ‘The Office’ heads to Blu-ray, DVD

BY Allison Cerra

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. The sixth season of documentary-style comedy “The Office” now is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

As part of this groundbreaking set, the Blu-ray release of season six of “The Office” will allow fans to access content like never before via BD-Live. Through their Internet-connected Blu-ray player using BD-Live, purchasers now will have an opportunity to watch the latest five episodes from the seventh season after they air on their home televisions. Season seven episodes will be available in HD, pending individual Internet connection speeds.

This season of “The Office” focuses on the evolving lives of Dunder Mifflin’s hilariously irreverent employees, including Jim and Pam’s wedding and the birth of their daughter, Michael’s affair with a married woman and the acquisition of Dunder Mifflin by Sabre, a printer manufacturer.

The Blu-ray and DVD both are available on Sept. 7 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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Dollar General looks to sell beer, wine in select markets

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General on Wednesday confirmed the company is test-marketing the sale of beer — and wine, where allowed — in select stores throughout the Southeast.

According to published reports, those initial test markets include Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Over time, Dollar General expects to offer beer and/or wine in about half of its 9,000 stores nationwide, the company stated.

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