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Martin’s Food Markets appoints veteran nutritionist at Md. store

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — A Maryland Martin’s Food Markets store has hired a professional nutritionist to assist customers with questions on healthy eating, provide consultations and teach classes.

Martin’s, part of Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., itself owned by Ahold USA, said it hired Elisabeth D’Alto for its Eldersburg, Md., store. D’Alto is the owner of D’Alto Nutrition, a nutrition communications and consulting company and previously served as a clinical dietitian with Genesis Healthcare in Baltimore, as well as newsletter editor for the Dietitians in Business and Communications.

"Martin’s is committed to providing customers with the information they need to achieve healthier lifestyles, and having an in-store nutritionist like Elisabeth is a valuable resource in helping customers make better choices as they navigate the grocery aisles," Martin’s director of marketing and external communications John MacDonald said.

 

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Study finds significant increase in drug approvals for neglected diseases

BY Alaric DeArment

BOSTON — Almost twice as many drugs for neglected diseases have received regulatory approval around the world over the past few years compared with the beginning of the last decade, according to a new study.

Tufts University’s Center for the Study of Drug Development found that between 2000 and 2008, an average of 2.6 new drugs were approved to treat neglected diseases each year, a number that increased to five per year between 2009 and 2012. Drugs for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis accounted for 81% of the the products in development, while HIV/AIDS and malaria accounted for 60% of recent approvals. The study appeared in the Tufts CSDD July-August Impact Report.

"The trend in approvals is clearly going in the right direction, but annual research-and-development spending to treat neglected diseases has leveled off at $3 billion in total after rising rapidly from 2000 to 2007, which is a cause for concern," Tufts CSDD assistant professor and lead study author Joshua Cohen said. "While increased approvals may result in greater access to new medicines, policy makers need to ensure that safe, effective and easy-to-administer products are adopted by healthcare systems, that they are affordable and that they reach the people who need them."

 

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Hyland’s names new EVP

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Hyland’s on Thursday promoted Les Hamilton to EVP Hyland’s and VP sales of Standard Homeopathic Co., Hyland’s parent company.

“Over the last year and a half, I have seen Hyland’s sales growth outpace the industry, due to the hard work of the entire Hyland’s team and its efforts to provide consumers natural solutions to feeling better,” stated Hamilton. “I feel honored to be leading such a great group of people and am excited to see where the next few years take us as we continue to offer our retail partners safe, effective and natural medicines that will help grow their business.”

As EVP, Hamilton will continue to guide the company’s sales organization in the food, drug and mass channels as well as the natural markets. He will also take a more active role in the executive leadership of the company

Hamilton joined Hyland’s in October 2011 from The Emerson Group, where he had served as field sales manager for seven years. While with The Emerson Group, Hamilton managed accounts of all sizes, most notably the Target business for all of Emerson’s OTC products. Hamilton’s prior experience includes almost 10 years at Target Corporation where he held different positions including category manager for numerous pharmacy categories and all OTC private label items. 

Hamilton graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both marketing and management.

 

 

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