Pregnant women shouldn’t use valproate drugs to prevent migraines, FDA warns
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Pregnant women should not use migraine-prevention medications containing valproate sodium due to a higher risk of decreased IQ scores in children, the Food and Drug Administration warned Monday.
In addition to being used to prevent migraines, valproate drugs are used for treating epilepsy and bipolar disorder and include related drugs such as divalproex sodium and valproic acid. Most are available in generic form as well as under brand names like AbbVie’s Depacon and Depakote and others.
Drugs containing the drug already have a boxed warning — the strongest FDA-mandated warning on a drug label — for risks to unborn fetuses, including birth defects, but the latest warning is based on a recent study tying use of the drugs to lower IQ scores in children, the FDA said.
Harris Teeter raises more than $340,000 for JDRF
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Monday donated more than $340,000 to JDRF, made possible thanks to contributions from Harris Teeter customers during the company’s recent point-of-purchase campaign.
Harris Teeter hosted the point of purchase donation card campaign in March, during which time Harris Teeter customers were invited to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to JDRF at checkout.
“Harris Teeter customers continue to show their generosity to our nonprofit partners,” stated Catherine Becker, communication manager for Harris Teeter, “and we appreciate their overwhelming support of JDRF.”
In addition to the donation from the point of purchase donation card campaign, Harris Teeter also is sponsoring the upcoming Harris Teeter Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Greater Western Carolinas Chapter of JDRF on May 8, 2013 here. For more than 10 years, Harris Teeter has been a sponsor of the golf classic and in that time, the Greater Western Carolinas Chapter of JDRF has generated more than $900,000 for T1D research from the golf tournament.
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Grocer Weis Markets posts first-quarter sales increase of 3.2%
SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday posted first-quarter sales of $682.7 million, representing an increase of 3.2%. Same-store sales were up 0.8%.
"We continue to make forward progress in a market impacted by a poor economy that is generating minimal job growth. These have been ongoing trends in most of the markets we serve," said David Hepfinger, Weis Markets’ president and CEO. "Our customers also were impacted in the first quarter by a tax increase and post-holiday debt," he said.
The soft sales environment fosters heightened competitive activity, Hepfinger added. "We were able to offset these trends through disciplined marketing and promotional programs and improved productivity and operational efficiencies at store and distributional levels."
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