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New formulation of Taxotere gets regulatory approval

BY Alaric DeArment

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new formulation of a chemotherapy drug made by Sanofi-Aventis, the French drug maker said Thursday.

The FDA approved a one-vial version of the drug Taxotere (docetaxel) injection concentrate. The drug is expected to become available in clinics and hospitals nationwide this fall in 80-mg and 20-mg dosages, Sanofi said. The drug is used to treat cancers of the breast, prostate, lungs, head and neck and stomach.

“This new formulation underscores the commitment Sanofi-Aventis has made to Taxotere and to healthcare professionals,” Sanofi VP and oncology business unit head Paul Hawthorne said. “We look forward to adding this formulation of Taxotere to the aresenal of oncology products Sanofi-Aventis offers to the cancer community.”

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Duck duct tape adds pizzazz to line

BY Allison Cerra

AVON, Ohio Duck-brand duct tape is unleashing its wild side with the launch of new colors and patterns for its line.

The company debuted the first animal-printed duct tapes for household repairs, including Zig-Zag Zebra and spotted leopard. Duck also debuted Cosmic Tie-Dye and Hot Rod patterns for those looking to make a bold statement with their repairs.

Duck duct tape products are sold at retailers nationwide.

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Fresh & Easy seeks to reduce water consumption by 30%

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Fresh & Easy is seeking to reduce its water consumption with the help of a water-conditioning technology currently utilized by 37 of its stores.

The EnviroTower can reduce Fresh & Easy’s water consumption from 850,000 gallons to 600,000 gallons. EnviroTower provides a more reliable, effective and economical alternative to traditional chemical water treatment for refrigeration and air conditioning cooling systems, Fresh & Easy said. The supermarket chain said it will roll out this energy-saving technology to all of its 150-plus stores in California, Arizona and Nevada.

“Incorporating EnviroTower’s technology into our stores makes sense, not just as part of our commitment to the environment, but also to help us save money so we can keep our prices low for our customers,” said Steve Hagen, Fresh & Easy director of procurement and engineering. “Conserving water is a very important issue in California, Nevada and Arizona. We are happy to play our part in reducing our consumption of this valuable and limited resource.”

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