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Decision Resources: Ulcerative colitis drug market could double by 2018

BY Alaric DeArment

WALTHAM, Mass. The market for drugs to treat ulcerative colitis could almost double within less than 10 years, according to a report released Thursday.

Market research firm Decision Resources said the market for the drugs could rise from the $1.2 billion they had in sales in 2008 to $2.1 billion in 2018 in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan.

The primary drugs driving growth are expected to be Humira (adalimumab), by Abbott and Eisai, and Simponi (golimumab), by Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co. and Mitsubishi Tanabe. The two drugs, both monoclonal antibodies belonging to TNF-alpha inhibitor class, could prove to be effective alternatives to existing maintenance therapies, though their high prices could limit their overall uptake.

“However, the short-term nature of corticosteroid treatment and the waning efficacy observed with immunosupressants and TNF-alpha inhibitors highlight the shortcomings of marketed products for ulcerative colitis both in induction and maintenance regimens,” Decision Resources analyst Kathryn Benton said in a statement.

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ comes alive on Blu-ray, DVD

BY Allison Cerra

BURBANK, Calif. The ultimate gumshoe is coming to Blu-ray combo pack and DVD March 30.

“Sherlock Holmes” follows Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth hero, along with his assistant Dr. John Watson, as they solve crimes in London’s underbelly in this action-packed film directed by Guy Ritchie.

The film — which stars Robert Downey, Jr., in the title role, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams — is a gritty tale that shows only the most unconventional methods can solve gruesome and unusual crimes.

Sherlock Holmes will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98.

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Save-A-Lot opens new store

BY Allison Cerra

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. Save-A-Lot food stores Wednesday opened its doors in Temple Terrace, Fla.

The new store is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. In addition to the newest store, Save-A-Lot currently operates 106 stores throughout the state, with locations in Orlando and Tampa. The company plans continued growth as it plans to double its size over the next five years.

“Save-A-Lot is committed to building stores in areas that are in need of access to fresh, nutritious food at a great price,” said Rick Meyer, VP market development. “We are proud to be a member of the Temple Terrace community and look forward to providing budget-conscious, value-seeking shoppers with great food at great prices.”

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