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J&J drug approved for chronic pain

BY Alaric DeArment

RARITAN, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for treating chronic pain, a J&J subsidiary said Friday.

The FDA approved Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ Nucynta ER (tapentadol) tablets, an extended-release drug for moderate to severe chronic pain in adults for whom a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Pain Foundation, more than 42 million Americans ages 20 years and older have chronic pain, making it the most common cause of long-term disability.

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CVS/pharmacy braces for Hurricane Irene, prepares to help with recovery efforts

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Hurricane Irene is expected to pummel the East Coast over the weekend, and CVS/pharmacy has announced that it is taking every step to prepare its stores and, if needed, help with recovery efforts.

The company announced Friday morning that it is making every effort to fill prescriptions prior to the weekend, move generators into targeted areas and stock stores with hurricane preparedness items, such as water, batteries, flashlights and other products, to help in an emergency. CVS/pharmacy also is preparing to assist with hurricane recovery efforts in its communities, by planning for water and ice donation events at area stores and keeping in close contact with the American Red Cross to offer support in affected areas as needed in the coming days and weeks.

When preparing for a hurricane, CVS/pharmacy offers customers the following tips:

  • Create a plan for evacuating and finding a safe destination;

  • Keep a written record of your current prescriptions with you at all times in a plastic container to keep it safe from damage. This is especially important if you take multiple prescriptions;

  • In the event of an emergency when you are away from home, find a pharmacy nearby to fill necessary prescriptions. CVS/pharmacy can fill its customers’ prescriptions at any of its 7,300 locations nationwide;

  • Create an emergency kit before the storm hits and make sure you have all essentials in case of power outages. Go to your local CVS/pharmacy for all of the necessities in a hurricane kit including extra bottled water, masking tape and batteries.

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Weis celebrates Camp Hill remodel

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets earlier this week announced the completion of an extensive remodel of its Camp Hill, Pa., store.

“We’ve taken a very good store and made it better by improving its design and overall convenience,” Weis Markets’ director of public relations Dennis Curtin said. “We’ve also expanded most of our fresh departments and increased the selection throughout the store.”

The remodeled 54,791-sq.-ft. store has expanded produce, deli, seafood and floral departments, all new décor, a more open store design offering improved convenience and increased selection. This is the store’s second remodel since it opened in 2001. The store was open during the project.

During the ceremony, Weis will donate $5,000 to Bethesda Mission’s West Shore outreach program benefiting food pantries and hunger organizations in Cumberland and Perry counties; $1,000 to the Lower Allen Township Fire Department and $500 to New Cumberland Youth Football. Also part of the grand reopening, Weis’ teams currently are distributing 2,500 bags of free groceries worth $33 per bag, total value $83,000, in nearby neighborhoods.

This is Weis Markets fourth major project since June. Earlier this summer, it opened a new store in the Lehigh Valley, a replacement unit near Reading and completed a major addition in York.

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