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FDA approves Zortress

BY Alaric DeArment

EAST HANOVER, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug from Novartis for preventing rejection of transplanted organs, the Swiss drug maker said Thursday.

The FDA approved Zortress (everolimus) tablets for preventing rejection of transplanted kidneys in adults as part of a therapy that includes low doses of the immunosuppressant drug cyclosporine, corticosteroids and another Novartis organ transplant drug, Simulect (basiliximab). Zortress is marketed in many foreign countries under the name Certican.

“For patients who require a kidney transplant, the limited availability of organs underscores the urgent need for effective medicines that can help protect the survival of the transplanted organi for the patient,” Novartis Pharmaceuticals division head David Epstein said. “Our commitment to transplant patients exceeds 25 years, and Zortress is the latest addition to our growing portfolio.”

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Former Rite Aid VP joins A&P

BY Michael Johnsen

MONTVALE, N.J. Grocer A&P on Tuesday named Mark Kramer its new SVP operations, following the departure of Paul Wiseman.

“[Kramer’s] comprehensive background and strategic skill set will undoubtedly put our operations team on the path forward to our successful turn around,” stated Ron Marshall, A&P president and CEO.

Prior to taking the position at A&P, Kramer was the regional VP operations for Rite Aid. He also brings a significant amount of experience in grocery retail operations including achieving roles of increasing responsibility in Pathmark before its sale to A&P.

Kramer received a B.A. from Seton Hall University as well as certification from the Cornell Executive Development Program.

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PaperMate launches biodegradable products

BY Allison Cerra

OAK BROOK, Ill. Writing instrument maker PaperMate is going green.

The new Paper Mate Biodegradable products are the latest step in Paper Mate’s ongoing commitment to the environment. Paper Mate also offers an existing line of products made from recycled sources, and recently introduced an innovative new upcycling program to find new ways to repurpose otherwise throwaway writing instruments.

“When you write with a Paper Mate Biodegradable pen or pencil, you can do your part to help protect our planet,” said Kanan Banerjee, director of marketing for Paper Mate.”Paper Mate Biodegradable pens and pencils make going green simple, easy and affordable.”

The Paper Mate Biodegradable pen comes in black, blue, red or purple ink and retails for about $1.70. The mechanical pencil is available in 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead sizes and retails for about $2.70. Both are available wherever Paper Mate office products are sold.

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