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Roche’s CFO to retire

BY Alaric DeArment

BASEL, Switzerland — Roche CFO Erich Hunziker will retire from the company at the end of March, the Swiss drug maker said Monday.

Hunziker was appointed CFO and a member of the corporate executive committee in 2001, and last year took on the additional role of chief information officer.

Alan Hippe, a former executive from German tire maker Continental and manufacturer ThyssenKrupp, will replace Hunziker as CFO.

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Cumberland gets FDA OK for Acetadote formulation

BY Alaric DeArment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new formulation of a drug for treating acetaminophen poisoning.

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals announced Thursday that the agency had approved a version of Acetadote (acetylcysteine) injection that does not contain preservatives or stabilization and chelating agents, and will replace the currently marketed version. The drug originally was approved in 2004.

Acetaminophen, which appears in numerous over-the-counter and prescription drugs for treating pain, cough and cold, is the leading cause of poisonings reported by hospital emergency rooms in the United States. The FDA recently adopted a rule requiring acetaminophen in prescription painkillers not to exceed 325 mg due to the risk of serious liver injury in patients who overdose on the drug.

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Aurora to get federal recognition for EHR adoption

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MILWAUKEE — Aurora Health Care said it would be the first healthcare system in Milwaukee to receive federal recognition for adopting electronic health records, the organization said.

Beginning this month, hospitals and other healthcare providers can register their intent to achieve “meaningful use” of EHRs and qualify for federal incentive payments, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Six of Aurora’s hospitals are registered in the incentive program. The organization also runs a network of retail pharmacies in the region.

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