Kerr Drug debuts Kerr Rewards app
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Looks like Kerr Drug is putting its best foot forward in the Digital Age.
How it works: Kerr Rewards members receive weekly text alerts announcing new offers especially selected for them. This members-only app allows customers to present their Kerr Rewards 2D barcode — without the hassle of fumbling for coupons — and the offers accepted will be automatically deducted from the shopping basket total, regardless of the number of offers in Kerr Rewards.
Study finds Victoza more effective in treating Type 2 diabetes than competitor
PRINCETON, N.J. A study published online in the journal Diabetes Care indicated that a once-daily diabetes drug made by Novo Nordisk “further improves” blood sugar control and weight loss when patients switch to it from a competitor made by Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk announced Tuesday.
The study, conducted by the Danish drug maker, was a 26-week study in Type 2 diabetes patients taking Novo Nordisk’s Victoza (liraglutide) or Lilly’s twice-daily Byetta (exenatide). The drugs are the only glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1 agonists available on the market.
“Clinical benefits were seen in patients who switched from exenatide to Victoza,” University of North Carolina School of Medicine Diabetes Care Center director and study investigator John Buse said. “The significant improvements in blood sugar lowering and fasting glucose confirm the original findings of the trial regarding the efficacy of Victoza.”
Hospira completes Orchid acquisition
LAKE FOREST, Ill. Hospira has completed its $400 million acquisition of the generic injectables business of Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, the generic drug maker announced Tuesday.
“We are excited to acquire new capabilities that will create opportunities for commercial growth, position us strongly in a key antibiotics product area, expand our global footprint and enhance our ability to provide lower-cost, high-quality products to patients,” Hospira COO Terry Kearney said. “We’re also excited to welcome a talented base of 450 employees, including newly appointed managing director [for] Hospira India, Dr. C.B. Rao, who joins us with a wealth of diversified industrial and management experience, and will provide continuity of leadership for the Orchid team joining Hospira.”
The acquisition, announced in February, includes Orchid’s beta-lactam antibiotic formuatlions manufacturing complex — comprising penicillin, cephalosporin and carbapenem facilities — and a pharmaceutical research and development facility in Irungattukottai, Chennai.