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FDA: Unapproved emergency birth control medicine possibly in U.S. distribution

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned U.S. consumers not to use the emergency birth control medicine labeled as Evital, as it may be a counterfeit version of the “morning after pill” and may not be safe or effective in preventing pregnancy.
 
In addition, no brand labeled Evital has been approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

The FDA is especially concerned that Evital may be in distribution in some Hispanic communities. The packaging label of the counterfeit version says, “Evital Anticonceptivo de emergencia, 1.5 mg, 1 tablet,” by “Fluter Domull."
          
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Bartell launches school supply drive

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs’ is partnering with manufacturers in its eighth annual school supply donation drive, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Bartell, which operates 58 stores in Washington state’s Puget Sound region — the metropolitan area around Seattle — said it would collect donated school supplies at all of its stores from Friday through Aug. 28. The chain is partnering with suppliers Mead, Avery and Bic to support the drive.

The supplies will be given to the Kids in Need Resource Center, where teachers with students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs can "shop" for free school supplies to meet students’ needs. The center served 120 schools in the Puget Sound region last year, with an average pickup of $700 in donated items for each of the nearly 2,500 teacher visits. According to World Vision, a charity based in Federal Way, Wash., as many as 58,000 students in the area could start the school year without basic supplies.

"With so many area children lacking basic school supplies, there’s never been a more important time to support this drive," Bartell chairman and CEO George Bartell said. "Over the past seven years, we’ve appreciated the support by our customers and the public for their donations."

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Winn-Dixie expects slight decline in year-end sales

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie on Monday announced that net identical-store sales for the fiscal year ended June 29 are expected to be approximately $6.9 billion, reflecting a 0.1% decrease.

Net loss from continuing operations is expected to be approximately $30 million, or 54 cents per diluted share, compared to net income from continuing operations of $37 million or 67 cents per diluted share for fiscal 2010. And Winn-Dixie expects to report full-year Adjusted EBITDA of $114 million, compared to $151 million for fiscal 2010.

“We are very pleased with our results for fiscal 2011, which fell within our previously announced guidance despite a continued inflationary environment and a waning economic recovery," said Peter Lynch, Winn-Dixie chairman, CEO and president. "This year, we strategically managed our promotional activity and merchandising efforts and aligned those programs with our retail initiatives to better meet the needs of our guests and strengthen our brand over the long term.”

These preliminary results remain subject to the year-end audit process, the grocer stated. Winn-Dixie plans to report its final full-year results and provide fiscal 2012 guidance after the market closes Aug. 29.

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