Gilead: ‘Quad’ anti-retroviral drug as effective as competitor
FOSTER CITY, Calif. An investigational treatment for HIV by Gilead Sciences that combines four drugs in one tablet works as well as a drug already on the market, Gilead said Monday.
Gilead announced the results of a mid-stage clinical trial of its single-tablet Quad anti-retroviral drug, which combines its drug Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) with elvitegravir and cobicistat. The company said that after 48 weeks, the drug showed activity similar to that of Atripla (efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), which Gilead markets under a partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb.
At the 48th week, 90% of patients in the Quad arm achieved viral loads of less than 50 copies per milliliter, compared with 83% of those taking Atripla. Results of the study were to be presented Monday at the 50th annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Boston.
Jewel-Osco celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’
ITASCA, Ill. A Midwest food and drug retailer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its third annual VIP reception to honor the culture and significant achievements of the Hispanic community.
Jewel-Osco is holding its signature event, “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana” (Taste of Hispanic Heritage), on Sept. 22, and is dedicated to recognizing the continuous efforts and outstanding contributions made by leaders from the civic, business and nonprofit sectors of the community. During the VIP reception, Jewel-Osco will honor three social service agencies for their efforts and their commitment to enriching the Hispanic communities they serve. This year, Jewel-Osco will award a total of $15,000 in grants to Association House, Namaste Charter School and The Resurrection Project. The work of these organizations reflects Jewel-Osco’s pledge to support initiatives that mirror the company’s charitable giving strategy, which focuses on three areas: hunger relief, nutrition education and environmental stewardship, the retailer said.
The event also will highlight the unique flavors and richness of Latin cuisine, by showcasing exclusive dishes developed by culinary students from Chicago’s St. Augustine College.
“We are proud to observe Hispanic Heritage Month with an event that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Latino community,” said Jewel-Osco president, Keith Nielsen. “‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’ supports the culinary talent of Hispanic youth and recognizes the exceptional contributions of this community.”
Safeway donates $25K, food and supplies to benefit San Bruno victims
PLEASANTON, Calif. Following a devastating gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Safeway announced it will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the disaster.
Safeway also said it would provide food, supplies and grocery gift cards to families who were impacted. Roughly 80 Safeway stores in the surrounding counties are collecting donations at checkstands for the American Red Cross’ San Bruno relief effort.
Safeway operates 1,712 stores in the United States.