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Shoppers Food & Pharmacy gets green light for Superfresh store bid

BY Michael Johnsen

BOWIE, Md. — Shoppers Food & Pharmacy on Tuesday announced that its bid to purchase a Superfresh store in Ellicott City, Md., was approved by the court handling the ongoing A&P bankruptcy proceedings.

"We are excited to become part of the Ellicott City community," Shoppers president Tim Lowe said. "We’re looking forward to serving our new neighbors and friends with a special local focus that can come only from a neighborhood grocer."

Now that the deal has been approved, Shoppers expects to take possession of the store on July 7. The store pharmacy will open on July 7, and the store is scheduled to reopen to the public by July 17.

Shoppers is planning to remodel the store during the summer and will host a grand reopening celebration later this year.

Shoppers is part of the Supervalu family of grocery stores.

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FDA approves first generic versions of Levaquin

BY Allison Cerra

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first generic versions of an antibiotic designed to treat certain infections in people ages 18 years and older.

Generic tablet, oral solution, and injectable solution dosage forms of levofloxacin have been approved, the FDA said. Levofloxacin is used to treat mild, moderate, or severe bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, and prostate caused by specific germs. It also is used to treat certain bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia, and to treat those exposed to inhalational anthrax.

Levofloxacin is a generic version of Levaquin, which is marketed by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The following 12 manufacturer’s applications for generic Lexaquin have been approved:

  • Akorn;

  • Aurobindo Pharma;

  • Dr. Reddy’s Labs;

  • Glenmark Generics;

  • Hi-Tech Pharmacal;

  • Lupin;

  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals;

  • Sagent Strides;

  • Sandoz;

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals;

  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals; and

  • Wockhardt.

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NACDS gears up for 2011 Marketplace Conference

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores once again is offering retailers and suppliers the opportunity to meet and work together to bring new, innovative products to market.

NACDS’ 2011 Marketplace Conference will unite industry leaders from drug, food, mass, dollar and specialty retail at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from June 25 to 28.

This year’s conference will host the cornerstone program "Meet the Market," which pairs targeted suppliers and manufacturers with corresponding retailers for personalized appointments. More than 8,000 appointments are expected to be conducted during this one-day program, NACDS said.

Additional programs include “Meet the Retailer/How to Do Business With …” sessions, a seminar hosted by NACDS and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and more.

In an effort to enhance attendees’ efficiency and experience, the group recently launched its 2011 Marketplace Web-based mobile application, which can be accessed at m.NACDS.org.

“The NACDS Marketplace Conference is the place for industry leaders to come together to develop key relationships that can further enhance their businesses,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “Retailers and suppliers will find opportunities that will not only take place during this four-day conference, but will extend well beyond as they return to their businesses and conduct their day-to-day operations.”

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