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FDA approves labeling update for HIV drug

BY Allison Cerra

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. Tibotec Therapeutics announced Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a labeling update for its HIV drug tablets to include 96-week data from the two studies.

The two studies, Artemis and Titan, examined the efficacy of Prezista (darunavir) with ritonavir vs. lopinavir in combination with other antiretrovirals for the treatment of HIV-1 in treatment-naive and treatment-experienced adult patients, respectively.

This indication is based on analyses of plasma HIV RNA levels and CD4+ cell counts from two controlled Phase 3 trials of 48 weeks duration in antiretroviral treatment-naive and treatment-experienced patients and two controlled Phase 2 trials of 96 weeks duration in clinically advanced, treatment-experienced adult patients.

“The addition of this information to the Prezista label demonstrates our commitment to providing information on the durability and safety profile of our medications over the long-term.  In addition, Tibotec continues to invest in its long-standing research and development efforts to bring new options to people living with HIV,” said Glenn Mattes, Tibotec Therapeutics president.

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Busch’s does it ‘MyWay’

BY Allison Cerra

ANN ARBOR, Mich. A Michigan-based grocer has introduced a free online program that saves money, time and effort for its shoppers.

Busch’s Fresh Food Market said the exclusive program, MyWay, alerts members when sale prices are offered on their favorite items. MyWay members also can place online orders for easy curbside pickup.

“We like to think of MyWay as the biggest convenience since the shopping cart,” said Kim Brown, Busch’s director of marketing.  “MyWay makes it easy to save money and time on grocery shopping. Current members tell us they save 20 to 40% on their weekly groceries when they use the system to shop for sales.”

Busch’s MyWay members can use their home computer to create personalized shopping lists based on their needs. Shopping lists can also be generated from a MyWay member’s personal shopping history, which grows with every shopping trip. Additionally, lists also can be developed to accommodate such special dietary needs as gluten-free or organic items. Lists can be saved in the MyWay member account for repeated use.

“We’re proud this program allows shoppers to effortlessly enjoy the fine values we offer,” said John Busch, president of Busch’s. “MyWay personalizes sale information according to what our guests like, and allows them to quickly and easily plan meals, shop, and save.”

MyWay is available in all 15 Busch’s stores, located in Lenawee, Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.  More information and program registration is available at the Busch’s Web site: www.buschs.com.

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Former Borders CEO shifts to A&P

BY Allison Cerra

MONTVALE, N.J. Borders’ most recent chief executive will join supermarket chain A&P as its new president and CEO.

Ron Marshall will assume the roles on Feb. 8, A&P announced Wednesday. Marshall has extensive experience leading a public company, holding such positions as EVP and CFO of Pathmark, as well as CEO of wholesale food distributor Nash Finch. Marshall also has served on the board of many organizations, including Nash Finch and Claire’s Stores.

The announcement follows the chain’s promotion of its finance executives earlier this week.

“The board of directors and I are very excited about the strengths, competencies and experiences that Ron brings to A&P. He will be the key leader in our turnaround. I’m looking forward to working together with Ron and the Yucaipa team to improve our immediate performance as well as develop strategies to drive sustainable success in the future. With Ron as our next chief executive officer, I am confident that we will realize the tremendous strategic value of the company and capitalize on our leadership position in the Northeast,” said Christian Haub, A&P’s executive chairman.

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