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Walgreens opens its second LEED drug store

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. One of the nation’s largest drug store chains will celebrate the grand opening of the first drug store in Illinois to meet top environmental requirements for efficiency and design.

The new store in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, near the intersection of California and Diversey, is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards – a certification granted only by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Logan Square Walgreens is registered under the LEED Green Building Rating System. It will be reviewed by the USGBC and given a specific level of certification in four to six months.

The Logan Square Walgreens, nestled in an urban area right off the Kennedy Expressway, features a “green roof” with plants growing on it. The roof also has a white coating to help reduce heating and cooling costs. The store will save nearly 34,000 gallons of water a year with efficient water fixtures. During construction, 85% of waste was diverted from landfills. The site was a brownfield which was cleaned up and redeveloped for this project. Coolers, freezers and exterior signs all use LED lights, reducing energy use by 50% over fluorescent lighting. The store will save enough electricity to power more than five homes a year. In addition, there is special parking for hybrid vehicles, bike racks and nearby public transportation.

“It may look like a regular Walgreens from the outside, but once you take a closer look it really is green from the ground up,” said Walgreens district manager Steven DiLullo. “Customers can find informational signs inside that highlight these features so they can feel good about what we’re doing and where they shop.”

 

Walgreens officials and guests marked the grand opening of this eco-drugstore with a tree planting ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a store tour.

This is the second LEED-registered Walgreens to open. The first opened in June in Mira Mesa, Calif. The next LEED registered Walgreens store is planned to open in Normal, Ill., early next year with two more locations to follow. The company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint also include the use of solar panel systems on 74 of its locations in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Oregon. For more information on Walgreens green efforts and commitment to corporate social responsibility, visit www.walgreens.com/responsibility.

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FDA tentatively approves Mylan’s generic HIV treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a generic drug for treating HIV under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Generic drug maker Mylan announced Tuesday the tentative approval of subsidiary Matrix Labs’ fixed-dose combination tablets containing 600 mg of efavirenz, 200 mg of emtricitabine and 300 mg of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. The drug is a generic version of Gilead Sciences’ Atripla tablets, used to treat HIV infection in adults.

“This critical approval only further strengthens Mylan and Matrix’s efforts to expand access to life-saving affordable AIDS treatments for people living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries,” Mylan president Heather Bresch said in a statement. “Matrix’s generic fixed-dose combination will dramatically improve access to this more patient-friendly medication while reducing the cost of treatment.”

Atripla had sales of $1.6 billion for the 12 months ending June 30, according to IMS Health data.

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‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3’ coming to DVD, Blu-ray

BY Allison Cerra

CULVER CITY, Calif. Two of Hollywood’s biggest stars go head-to-head in director Tony Scott’s summer box office action hit.

“The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” will be available in Blu-ray, DVD, PSP and Digital Download formats on Nov. 3 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. A remake of the 1974 suspense classic, based on a 1973 novel by Jon Godey, “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” stars two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington teamed with John Turturro to battle against John Travolta  and Luis Guzman in a heart-pounding story full of action, thrills and suspense deep inside the New York Subway system. After criminal mastermind Ryder (Travolta) takes a subway train hostage, MTA Dispatcher Walter Garber (Washington) finds himself thrown into the middle of the explosive situation as he must find away to rescue all the hostages while not letting Ryder escape.

Bonus material on the Blu-ray and DVD releases include commentary from director Tony Scott, writer Brian Helgeland and producer Todd Black. Also included are behind-the-scenes featurettes, including “No Time to Lose: The Making of Pelham 123” and “The Third Rail – The NYC Subway System.”

The Blu-ray version exclusively includes a Digital Copy of the film for PC, PSP, Mac or iPod. “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” will be available on Blu-ray for $39.95 SRP, DVD for $28.96 SRP and UMD for $24.94 SRP.

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