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A&P looks to shed The Food Emporium business

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocery A&P — which operates 320 stores, including The Food Emporium brand — has confirmed that it is looking to sell The Food Emporium business.

"We commenced a marketing process of The Food Emporium in early September. The Food Emporium represents a unique urban footprint that requires a specific go-to-market strategy. Therefore, we’ve made the decision to market these 16 Manhattan stores to a variety of prospective buyers. The sale will enable parent company A&P to support the company’s long-term strategic vision to be the No. 1 food and drug store in every neighborhood it serves,” the company said in a statement sent to Drug Store News.

The troubled retailer emerged from bankruptcy in March as a privately held company.

The company also operates stores under the A&P, Best Cellars, Food Basics, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaum’s banners
 

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New, simplified HIV patient-assistance program application offered

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Drug maker Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that patients applying for its HIV drug assistance program would have a more streamlined application process.

The J&J Patient Assistance Foundation announced that it had started using a new, common patient assistance program application for the drugs it offers, consolidating all the required information in one place. The new application is the result of a partnership between the company and six others, as well as federal agencies and public-health advocacy groups.

The company said the form would simplify access to medications for HIV/AIDS patients taking drugs from multiple manufacturers’ patient assistance programs.


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GSK launches inhaler recycling program

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — GlaxoSmithKline is offering a recycling program for empty inhalers at retail pharmacies in 31 cities, the drug maker said Wednesday.

The company announced its "Complete the Cycle" program for GSK respiratory inhalers, starting in October.

The cities where the program is offered include Anchorage, Alaska; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Denver; Eugene, Ore.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Huntsville, Ala.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; Milwaukee; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and Syracuse, N.Y.

The company will provide an in-store location for customers to drop off their inhalers, after which they’ll be shipped to a specialized recycler.


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