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FDA approves Genentech drug for lung cancer with genetic mutation

BY Alaric DeArment

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for a type of lung cancer.

Roche subsidiary Genentech and the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Astellas Pharma announced the approval of Tarceva (erlotinib) for advanced non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors have mutations that activate the epidermal growth factor receptor. The FDA also approved a test to detect the mutation.

The drug was already approved for advanced NSCLC that did not exhibit the mutation.

 

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Kroger unveils system that will convert food shrink into clean energy to power DC

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, Calif.

The anaerobic conversion system will process more than 55,000 tons of organic food waste into renewable energy annually, providing power for the more than 650,000 square foot distribution center. By diverting that food waste – the equivalent of 150 tons per day – the system will also reduce area truck trips by more than 500,000 miles each year. The Kroger Recovery System uses a sophisticated process to convert the carbon in organic material into a renewable source of methane.

"We are committed to finding solutions for food waste and clean energy, and we believe this is a meaningful step forward," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and COO. "Investing in this project is a good business decision for Kroger and, most importantly, an extraordinary opportunity to benefit the environment."

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Shoppers Drug Mart touts products, education for summer

BY Alaric DeArment

TORONTO — Canadian retail pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a range of products for the summer, as well as tips for enjoying the season safely.

The 1,240-store chain said it would offer a selection of products for outdoor entertaining, road trips, summer beauty and first aid and information on choosing the right sunscreen, sunglasses and barbecue recipes.

"As Canadians, we look forward to the return of summer and longer, sunny days, so let’s spend more time having fun and enjoying the sun and less time doing errands and being busy," lifestyle expert Shoana Jensen said. "Streamline your summer shopping and get all you need for summer road trips, outdoor entertaining, first aid and beauty all in one place at Shoppers Drug Mart." 

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