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Gilead seeks approval for HIV drug-boosting agent

BY Alaric DeArment

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Drug maker Gilead Sciences has submitted a regulatory approval application to the Food and Drug Administration for a drug designed to increase the blood levels of certain drugs for HIV.

The company said Thursday it had submitted an application for cobicistat, a "boosting" agent that works with some HIV drugs — specifically Johnson & Johnson’s Prezista (darunavir) and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Reyataz (atazanavir) — to enable once-daily dosing. The drug also is a component of Gilead’s HIV treatment Quad (cobicistat, elvitegravir, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate).

The regulatory filing was based on data from a 48-week, phase-3 study in which cobicistat was shown to work as well as Abbott’s Norvir (ritonavir) when combined with Reyataz and Gilead’s Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate).


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Fuse Science’s EnerJel to enter GNC stores this summer

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. — Fuse Science is distributing its EnerJel product through GNC stores nationwide, the company announced.

EnerJel, an all-natural, performance-driven product, is expected to hit store shelves in mid-July.

"We are excited to join forces with GNC to expand distribution of our EnerJel product," Fuse Science president and COO Rubin Hanan said. "Our new displays, which feature David Ortiz, Arian Foster and Ronde Barber, clearly set us apart at retail as they showcase the EnerJel heat zones for best usage of the product. Once consumers try EnerJel on their aches and pains, and engage in the pre-game ritual to raise their game, we are confident expectations will be exceeded and people will know what it means to be Powered By Fuse just like some of the world’s best athletes."

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Johnsonville introduces pork and chicken sausage

BY Allison Cerra

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. — Johnsonville has broadened its portfolio with a new line of sausage.

New pork and chicken sausage combines a blend of herbs and spices, the freshest cuts of pork and naturally lean chicken, and tout 50% less than regular sausage. The new item is available in traditional brat and mild Italian varieties.

Johnsonville pork and chicken sausage now is available in select retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $5.49.

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