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Safeway raises $9 million for prostate cancer awareness

BY DSN STAFF

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway has raised more than $9 million during its month-long prostate cancer awareness campaign.

"We are infinitely grateful for all of the customer and community support for a campaign that will help save the lives of countless men worldwide," said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "Prostate cancer is the number one cancer killer of men. These contributions, one dollar at a time, are sparing lives by funding critical research and the absolute best treatment at the most renowned cancer centers in North America."

This is the 12th year that Safeway, one of the largest corporate supporters of cancer research, has dedicated the entire month of June to raising funds at its stores, production facilities and corporate offices for prostate cancer research.

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Qualitest gets FDA OK for generic Keppra XR

BY Allison Cerra

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Qualitest Pharmaceuticals announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its generic version of an epilepsy treatment.

The drug maker said its abbreviated new drug application for levetiracetam extended-release tablets, in the 500-mg and 750-mg strength, was approved. The drug is a generic version of UCB’s Keppra XR.

Total combined sales for levetiracetam extended-release tablets were approximately $124.8 million for the 12 months ended in May, according to IMS Health data.


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Fisher-Price taps Olympic gymnast to help launch new ‘Dora’ doll

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas — Five-time Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin is teaming up with Fisher-Price to help introduce the new, interactive Fantastic Gymnastics Dora doll.

Fantastic Gymnastics Dora, based off of the Nickelodeon show “Dora the Explorer,” performs two gymnastics routines, features seven unique moves — including splits, handstands and back-bends — and enhances imaginative role-play for kids ages 3 years and older. Fantastic Gymnastics Dora also features more than 40 phrases in English and Spanish and a special song celebrating teamwork.

"Fantastic Gymnastics Dora features multiple ways of play to encourage children’s imagination and creativity skills, as well as self-expression and confidence," Fisher-Price Friends SVP Susie Lecker said. "Nastia is the perfect partner to help launch Fantastic Gymnastics Dora because she strives to reach her full-potential each day and is a true champion. She continues to be a wonderful role model for young girls everywhere, just like Dora."

Fantastic Gymnastics Dora will be available for $49.99 in August at retailers nationwide, including Toys “R” Us, Target, Walmart and Kmart, as well as on FisherPrice.com.

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