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Costco to open fifth NYC location

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Costco was scheduled to open another store in New York on Thursday at the Rego Park shopping center in Queens.

The store is the warehouse chain’s fifth location in the city and features such amenities as a pharmacy and a photo-processing department, according to published reports.

The chain operates another store in Queens, one in Brooklyn, one in Staten Island and one in Manhattan, which opened late last year in Spanish Harlem and showcases a scaled-down format.

 

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Season 13 of ‘The Simpsons’ arrives on Blu-ray, DVD this summer

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing the residents of Springfield to Blu-ray and DVD this August.

The complete 13th season of television’s longest running comedy — “The Simpsons” — will arrive Aug. 24. The season features 22 episodes including two noteworthy standouts: the Simpsons’ trip to Brazil in “Blame It On Lisa” and Homer’s foray into medicinal marijuana in “Weekend at Burnsie’s.” Once again, a talented line-up of guest stars lend their voices including Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere, Pierce Brosnan, Matthew Perry, R.E.M. and Paul Newman.

“The Simpsons” the complete 13th season is packed with special features including deleted scenes, audio commentaries on every episode, featurettes, storyboards, animatics, easter eggs and much more. The Blu-ray release also includes specially created menus with additional animation that does not appear on the DVD. The set comes in collectible packaging modeled after Springfield’s “special” child, Ralph Wiggum. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and $49.98, respectively.

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Decision Resources: Atrial fibrillation treatments will expand market size to $7 billion

BY Alaric DeArment

WALTHAM, Mass. Launch and use of new heart drugs will drive the market for drugs to treat atrial fibrillation and increase its size to nearly $7 billion in less than a decade, according to a new report from market analysis firm Decision Resources.

The report found that new drugs from Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi-Aventis and partnerships between Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb –– specifically anticoagulant and antiarrhythmic drugs –– will drive most of the atrial fibrillation drug market in developed countries and increase it more than eight-fold, from $843 million in 2009 to $6.8 billion in 2019.

The drugs cited include Boehringer Ingelheim’s Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate), Sanofi-Aventis’ Multaq (dronedarone), apixan, by Bristol and Pfizer, and Xarelto (rivaroxaban), by Bayer and J&J. These drugs are expected to drive three-quarters of the market in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Japan.

The report found that while Multaq would face challenges due to competition from another Sanofi drug, Cordarone (amiodarone), which also is available as a generic, it would likely have sales of more than $650 million in 2019.

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