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MinuteClinic opens nine locations in Dallas-Fort Worth area

BY Antoinette Alexander

DALLAS MinuteClinic has opened nine clinics inside CVS stores in Dallas-Fort Worth, the Dallas Business Journal reported.

The Minneapolis-based clinics, a subsidiary of CVS Caremark, are typically staffed with nurse practitioners and are able to treat routine skin conditions, give physicals for children, administer shots and conduct other common procedures, as well as diagnose and treat bladder infections, pink eye and allergies. Costs for most procedures range between $59 and $69, and the clinics accept insurance co-payments.

MinuteClinic expects to open an additional 11 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by year’s end.

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Lilly, Takeda terminate contract

BY Drew Buono

JAPAN Eli Lilly Japan and Takeda Pharmaceuticals have terminated an agreement to co-develop and co-market ruboxistaurin mesylate.

Ruboxistaurin mesylate is used to treat diabetic macular edema and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The companies said that after looking at the overall results, the trials did not meet the criteria for Phase III studies and therefore they have agreed to terminate the contract.

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Patent office announces final rule on claims

BY Drew Buono

WASHINGTON The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a new rule that will change how many claims patent applications may contain, as well as how many continuing applications applicants may file.

The new rule requires that any third or subsequent continuing application that is a continuing application or a continuation-in-part application, and any second or subsequent request for continued examination in an application family, be filed to obtain consideration of an amendment, argument, or evidence, and be supported by a showing as to why the amendment, argument, or evidence sought to be entered could not have been previously submitted.

The revised rules also require an applicant to file an examination support document that covers all of the claims in an application if the application contains more than five independent claims or more than twenty-five total claims.

The new rule will go into effect on Nov. 1.

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