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Stater Bros. continues fundraising efforts for blood cancers

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Stater Bros. is partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for three weeks in June to raise funds for leukemia, lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease, the California-based grocer said Wednesday.

All 167 Stater Bros. locations will be participating in the fundraising campaign, which will offer customers the opportunity to purchase $1 paper balloons. The proceeds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year, Stater Bros. raised more than $300,000 for the organization — 2010 marks the third year for the partnership.

“The Stater Bros. supermarket family is very happy to be able to give back because there are so many people who have been affected by blood cancers and it is imperative that we join in the fight to find a cure,” stated Jack Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. “We do not just do business in a community, we are part of each and every community we serve.”

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Intellipharmaceutics files new drug application for generic Protonix

BY Allison Cerra

TORONTO Intellipharmaceutics has filed an abbreviated new drug application for a generic drug designed to treat gastrointestinal issues, the drug maker said.

Intellipharmaceutics said its pantoprazole sodium delayed-release tablets — a generic version of Protonix — inhibits gastric acid secretion and is prescribed for the short-term treatment of such conditions as stomach ulcers associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease as well as the long term treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Sales of pantoprazole sodium delayed-release tablets in the United States were approximately $1.8 billion in 2009.

“I am extremely pleased with the progress we continue to make with the advancement of our product pipeline,” said Isa Odidi, Intellipharmaceutics CEO. “Protonix is the second ANDA we have filed with the FDA this year and, together with Focalin XR and Effexor XR, it represents another potential source of future revenue from our company’s ANDA pipeline.”

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Injunction blocks Dr. Reddy’s generic Allegra D24

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A U.S. District Court has granted French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis and Albany Molecular Research an injunction halting the launch of a generic version of one of its drugs made by Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Dr. Reddy’s said.

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey blocked the release of Dr. Reddy’s fexofenadine hydrochloride and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride extended-release tablets in the 180 mg and 240-mg strength, a generic version of Allegra D24, marketed by Sanofi-Aventis and discovered by Albany Molecular Research.

Dr. Reddy’s said it strongly disagreed with the lawsuit and intended to appeal. According to published reports, the Food and Drug Administration had approved Dr. Reddy’s version of the drug following a 30-month stay of approval resulting from a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the company when it tried to seek approval for the generic. The last patents covering Allegra D24 expire in December 2020.

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