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Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities honors Kroger

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Kroger on Thursday was named Employer of the Year by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities at the organization's annual Bridges Gala in Washington.

The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities fosters the employment of young people with disabilities. The Bridges from School to Work program run by the Marriott Foundation helps more than a thousand young people enter the workforce annually with steady, beneficial employment as they leave high school.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Marriott Foundation," stated Katy Barclay, Kroger's SVP human resources. "We have a long tradition of hiring people with disabilities, especially on our front lines serving customers. Associates we have hired through the Bridges program are consistently among our most reliable and friendly employees. Customers often select a check lane in order to be served by a youth we have hired through Bridges. We thank the Marriott Foundation for the valuable work they do to help businesses meet their workforce development needs."

The Bridges program operates in communities throughout the United States — including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Washington and parts of Maryland — where the Kroger family of stores partners to place young people with disabilities in stores.

 

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Auxilium, Prasco partner for generic Testim

BY Ryan Chavis

CHESTERBROOK, Pa. — Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, on Wednesday announced that it has partnered with Prasco to debut the authorized generic form of Testim gel, which is used to treat adult males with low or no testosterone.

"While Testim has continued to represent an important portion of Auxilium’s net sales, we have been proactively planning for this launch in an effort to most strategically position our product franchise to compete in the increasingly crowded and challenging Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) gel market," said Adrian Adams, CEO and president of Auxilium. "We believe the launch of this Authorized Generic of Testim with Prasco could expand the Testim franchise market, build upon our efforts to manage Testim as a mature brand and enable Auxilium to realize maximum shareholder value."

Auxilium will be responsible for the manufacture of the drug and the authorized generic form, as well as for the distribution of branded Testim, the company said.

 

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Carex Health Brands launches AccuRelief TENS devices

BY Michael Johnsen

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands on Thursday introduced AccuRelief Pain Relief Systems, a line of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy FDA–approved for full-body, over–the–counter use.

A pain-abatement technology, TENS devices work to block the nerve pathway from transmitting pain signals from the pain site to the brain while simultaneously increasing endorphin production.

“Unlike our competition, our electrotherapy products are born out of a long history of prescription–only and professional TENS devices used and prescribed by physical therapists and chiropractors,” stated Jeff Swain, director of marketing at Carex Health Brands. “Now, due to the FDA’s allowance for over-the-counter sale of TENS devices without a prescription, we’re able to utilize our expertise to provide well-deserved pain relief to the masses in a non-prescription device.” Swain also noted that AccuRelief is a complete line of TENS therapy devices with a “good, better, best” product offering from economy to clinical grade units.

The AccuRelief family consists of four different devices providing a variety of options and price points:

  • The AccuRelief Mini TENS Device, a compact TENS unit that delivers targeted and effective pain relief (MSRP: $29.99);
  • The AccuRelief Single Channel TENS Device, a unit that allows the user to choose from six pre-set body programs (MSRP: $39.99);
  • The AccuRelief Dual Channel TENS Device, a unit with dual-channel functionality similar to prescription units that is able to treat large, complex body parts like the lower back or shoulder (MSRP: $49.99); and
  • The AccuRelief Wireless Remote Control TENS Device, a wireless compact electrical TENS unit for those hard-to-reach areas using a remote control (MSRP: $89.99).

Carex also offers a full line of AccuRelief replenishment supplies designed to work specifically with each of the AccuRelief device.

 

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