Abbott, Reata ink deal for chronic kidney disease treatment
ABBOTT PARK, Ill. Drug makers Abbott and Reata Pharmaceuticals have signed an agreement concerning a drug for chronic kidney disease.
The two companies said Thursday that they would develop and commercialize bardoxolone methyl, currently in mid-stage clinical trials.
Under the agreement, Abbott will have exclusive rights to develop and commercialize the drug outside the United States, except for some Asian markets, and obtain a minority equity investment in Reata, which will receive $450 million. Reata also will receive additional milestone payments and royalties on future sales.
Dietitian joins local ShopRite stores
KEASBEY, N.J. ShopRite stores in Canton and West Hartford, Conn., are looking to help shoppers make healthier food choices by introducing a registered dietitian, according to a local news report.
Registered dietitian Angela Corcoran will be available, effective immediately, to help shoppers. She will conduct free grocery shopping tours, healthy cooking classes, offer recipe and pantry makeovers, and coordinate other health-and-wellness initiatives and nutritional programs in-store, the report stated.
“Having a dietitian in store is just another way that we go above and beyond to provide value and service to our customers,” store president Chuck Joseph was quoted as saying.
New Health Reform Report website provides ‘real facts, trusted analysis’ about healthcare law
WASHINGTON Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, unveiled a new website on Wednesday — HealthReformReport.com — dedicated to providing “real facts, trusted analysis” with news about how the new federal healthcare law impacts individuals, doctors, businesses, hospitals, insurers and others.
“If you want to know what this means for you, this is the site where you can cut through red tape to get the answers,” Gingrich said. “No government jargon. No painful, twisted bureaucratic explanations. Just the facts. Pure and simple.”
HealthReformReport.com will be a compilation of news stories and pieces written by contributors from public policy analysts, think tanks, the medical profession and others who analyze the upcoming policy ramifications of the healthcare law and what it means to individuals, employers, physicians, hospitals and more.
"I imagine anyone who goes to this website will have their eyes wide open,” stated Nancy Desmond, CEO of the Center for Health Transformation, a sponsor of the site. “It should become a trusted source for anyone trying to learn about the healthcare law, just as political junkies go to Politico.com or sports fans go to ESPN’s website.”
Gingrich said there is no single source for information about the new healthcare law. The Health Reform Report will provide a simple timeline of implementation changes for those who want to anticipate a certain tax or policy requirement, for example. To learn more, visit HealthReformReport.com.