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Take Care opens pair of locations in Louisville

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has opened two Take Care clinics at Walgreens stores in Louisville. The clinic operator now has four locations in Kentucky, including two in the Cincinnati area.

“Our experienced nurse practitioners understand their local communities and are committed to providing an unparalleled patient experience,” stated Stacy Jensen, lead Take Care nurse practitioner in Louisville. “Take Care clinics fill a niche in the communities we serve, and we are excited to provide an excellent health care experience to Louisville patients.”

Since opening its first clinic November 2005, the company has provided care to more than 600,000 patients nationwide.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 220 clinics across 15 states.

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Teva’s Azilect slows Parkinson’s disease in trials

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Results from a Phase III clinical trial have shown that Teva Pharmaceutical’s Azilect 1-mg tablets can slow the progression of the disease, the drug maker announced.

Researchers gave 1,176 Parkinson’s disease patients daily 1- to 2-mg doses of Azilect for 18 months or a placebo for the first nine months and the drug for the second nine months.

Patients who took the 1-mg dose of Azilect showed significant improvement compared with patients in the placebo group.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Azilect in May 2006 as a monotherapy for early-stage ParkinsonOs disease and as an adjunct therapy to levodopa in moderate-to-advanced stages of the disease.

The drug, known generically as rasagiline mesylate, is available in 30 countries. Danish drug maker Lundbeck markets it in Europe, and both companies plan to co-promote it in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

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Taro to ask for extension on Sun Pharmaceuticals’ offer

BY Alaric DeArment

TEL AVIV,, Israel Taro Pharmaceutical Industries has said it will appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court to contest a ruling in the Tel Aviv District Court regarding India-based Sun Pharmaceuticals’ offer to acquire the Israeli generic drug maker.

The District Court judge had called Taro’s demand for a tender offer from Sun disingenuous, considering Taro’s acceptance of the offer a year ago.

Taro plans to ask the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for Sun’s offer, which was Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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