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Avella Specialty Pharmacy included on Inc. 5000 list

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX — Inc. magazine has named Avella Specialty Pharmacy to its list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States, Avella said Thursday.

Avella was ranked in 86th place among the top 100 health companies on the Inc. 5000 list, and it has been included on the list since the list started, in 2006. At the time, it was known as The Apothecary Shops, adopting its current name last year.

"I continue to be pleased with Avella’s growth since we first started serving our patients in 1996," Avella CEO John Musil said. "Our focus on clinical excellence is as important today as it was when we started the business."

 

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Novartis to ship at least 30 million vaccine doses for 2013-2014 flu season

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Novartis said Wednesday it would ship a "minimum" of 30 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine to customers in the United States this season.

The Swiss drug maker said the vaccines would include Fluvirin, used to prevent flu in patients ages 4 years and older, and Flucelvax, for use in adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine seasonal flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older, particularly children younger than 5 years, adults older than 50 years and people with chronic diseases, suppressed immune systems and nursing home residents.

"Last year’s flu season, which peaked early and was intense, is a significant reminder of the importance of annual seasonal flu vaccination," Vanderbilt University medical professor William Schaffner said. "The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for all adults, and getting a flu vaccine is an important step in protecting one’s health."

Both of the vaccines are trivalent, meaning they protect against three strains of flu, namely two A strains and one B strain.

 

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Merrick Pet Care launches new ‘Purrfect’ cat food

BY Jason Owen

AMARILLO, Texas — Merrick Pet Care announced today a new line of cat food and a new marketing campaign behind a fictional, "acclaimed" food critic, W. "Mittens" Bloomfield.

Merrick’s new Purrfect Bistro line of dry and canned cat foods comes in 21 recipes, including chicken, salmon, tuna, duck turkey and beef, with a minimum of 70% protein and fat ingredients in every dry food bag. The Purrfect Bistro lineup features real, deboned meat as the No. 1 ingredient and features paté, shredded and sliced varieties. 

Five grain-free dry recipes are available in 4-lbs. and 12-lbs. bags at the suggested retail prices of $15.99 and $32.99, respectively. Sixteen canned grain-free recipes are available in 3-oz. and 5.5-oz. cans at the suggested retail prices of $1.29 and $1.69, respectively. Merrick Purrfect Bistro is available at independent pet specialty stores, nationally at Petco and at select online retailers.

Cat parents are invited to join the Merrick Real Food Revolution on Facebook or Twitter and learn more about the Cat Critic on Twitter with the hashtag #TheCatCritic. Meanwhile, W. "Mittens" Bloomfield will be musing about finer foods for felines in his blog at TheCatCritic.com.


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