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Pop star Nick Jonas speaks at National Press Club to discuss diabetes

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON Teen sensation Nick Jonas made a passionate plea to an audience of journalists at the National Press Club on Monday, asking them to raise more awareness about Type 1 diabetes to motivate young people and their families to properly manage their condition.

Jonas, 16, is one of the youngest guests ever invited to speak at the Club. He talked about his own journey with diabetes, the charitable efforts of the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation and why he embraces the role of diabetes ambassador.

“So many fans with diabetes from all over the world share their stories and thank me for being an inspiration to them,” said Nick. “It’s important for them to know that they motivate and inspire me as well. I’m lucky to have a great support system in my family as well as the tools I need to manage my diabetes properly. By speaking publicly about my experience I hope to increase diabetes awareness, encourage diabetes education and help fundraising for research and other programs for kids with diabetes. The more you report about diabetes, the more people will know,” he told members of the press.

Nick’s passion for helping other young people with diabetes by sharing his experience is just one of the ways he “gives back” to fans. He and his brothers, Kevin and Joe, started the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation through which they donate funds to several causes including pediatric diabetes research, education and treatment.

“When Nick talks about diabetes, people listen. And until there is a cure, the greatest weapon against diabetes is increased awareness and knowing how to manage it,” said Nancy Katz, head of North America for Bayer Diabetes Care. “That includes working with a health care professional for guidance on regular monitoring of blood sugar and A1C levels, proper diet and exercise and having a positive attitude to achieve every day simple wins.”

As this year marks the 40-year anniversary since Bayer introduced the first portable blood glucose meter, the company hopes that its ongoing partnership with Nick reinforces their commitment to diabetes management. To learn more about Nick’s personal experiences with diabetes, his programs with Bayer and to read his blog, visit www.NicksSimpleWins.com.

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FDA approves Ranbaxy’s generic peptic ulcer treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has given an India-based drug maker final approval to market a generic drug for treating peptic ulcer.

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. subsidiary of Ranbaxy Labs, announced Monday the approval of glycopyrrolate tablets in the 1-mg and 2-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Sciele Pharma’s Robinul and Robinul Forte tablets, respectively.

“We are pleased to receive this final approval for glycopyrrolate tablets,” Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals VP sales and distribution Jim Meehan said in a statement.

Meehan said the drug would be launched between October and December. Glycopyrrolate tablets had sales of $26 million during the 12-month period ending in June, according to IMS Health data.

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Supervalu EVP joins NACDS board of directors

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. An organization catering to the retail pharmacy industry has elected a new member to its board.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced that Duncan Mac Naughton, EVP merchandising and marketing for Supervalu, was elected to the board of directors, effective Aug. 14. Mac Naughton will fill the position vacated by Kevin Tripp, who recently retired as Supervalu’s EVP of its retail Midwest division.

Mac Naughton will serve the remainder of the 2009-2010 term until April 2010, when the annual board of directors elections are held at the NACDS Annual Meeting.

Mac Naughton has a career of service within the supermarket industry. He has served on SUPERVALU’s executive team since joining the company in 2006 upon its acquisition of Albertsons, where Mac Naughton had served as executive vice president of merchandising. Prior to Albertsons, he served in key leadership roles at H-E-B and Kraft Foods.

“We are pleased to welcome Duncan to the NACDS Board of Directors,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “NACDS’ diverse membership is well-represented by the NACDS Board of Directors. Duncan brings leadership and expertise on behalf of the supermarket segment, and we look forward to working together to advance pharmacy as the face of neighborhood healthcare and to add value to NACDS’ engagement in front-end activities.”

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