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Tokyo-based television show visits Bellin Health’s retail clinics

BY Allison Cerra

GREEN BAY, Wis. Bellin Health’s retail clinics are receiving international exposure.

A news crew from TV Tokyo documented such low-cost, urgent-care clinics as FastCare, the retail clinic arm of Shopko stores. Mariko Daicho, a producer with TV Tokyo America Inc., told Green Bay Press Gazette that Japan’s national healthcare system lacks retail clinics and physician assistants, and has overcrowded emergency rooms.

Daicho said their television crew chose to focus their story on FastCare because it is the largest health system-based retail clinic system in the country.

The television crew was at a FastCare Clinic in Sheboygan, Wis., on Wednesday, and at Shopkos in Suamico and Ashwaubenon on Thursday to interview clinic users.

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FDA approves additional use for Forteo

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new use for an osteoporosis drug, the agency announced Wednesday.

The FDA said it approved Eli Lilly & Co.’s drug Forteo (teriparatide) as a treatment for glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in adults with high risk for fracture.

Since 2002, the drug has included a boxed warning – the FDA’s highest warning – about the risk of bone cancer in patients taking it. Because patients with GIO may be younger than the ones who usually take Forteo, the warning will be updated, the agency said.

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Wyeth reports mixed results for Q2

BY Alaric DeArment

MADISON, N.J. Drug maker Wyeth had mixed fortunes during second quarter 2009, according to a financial report released Thursday.

The company reported a 13% increase in diluted earnings per share, but also a 4% decrease to $5.7 billion in global net revenue, though global net revenue increased by 2% when excluding the adverse effects of foreign exchange rates.

Wyeth also reported mixed results for its top-selling products. Sales of the antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride) decreased by 25% for the quarter, though the children’s pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar (pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine [diphtheria CRM197 protein]) had a 13% sales increase, while the autoimmune disease drug Enbrel (etanercept) had a 7% increase in U.S. and Canadian sales.

“Wyeth’s results reflect the ongoing strength of our biotechnology and vaccine franchises Enbrel and Prevnar and our nutritionals products, all of which performed strongly around the world,” Wyeth CEO Bernard Poussot said in a statement. “Execution of our medical innovation strategy led to positive revenue growth in constant dollar terms.”

The company’s acquisition by Pfizer, announced earlier this year, received overwhelming support from Wyeth shareholders, the company said, with 98% of votes cast in favor. The acquisition is expected to close at the end of third quarter or during fourth quarter 2009.

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