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Wegmans pulls some reusable bags

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Grocery chain Wegmans is replacing some of its reusable bags after a consumer group found the bags contained high levels of lead, according to published reports.

The bags, which retailed for $1.29 each, showed lead at levels eight times higher than permitted by New York law, according to the Empire State Consumer Project, which tested the bags.

Wegmans said it was posting notices in its 76 stores and are offering consumers a replacement.

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GSK, Genmab begin late-stage clinical trial for cancer drug

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline and biotech company Genmab have started a late-stage trial of a biotech drug for treating cancer, the two companies said.

 

GSK and Genmab announced Wednesday that they had started a phase-3 trial of the drug ofatumumab in patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with the aim of extending survival without progression of the disease in patients did not respond to therapy with Rituxan (rituximab), a drug made by Genentech and Biogen Idec. The 338 patients in the trial have indolent B-cell NHL, which accounts for more than one-third of lymphoma cases.

 

Patients will randomly receive a combination of ofatumumab and Cephalon’s Treanda (bendamustine hydrochloride), or Treanda alone. Patients receiving Treanda alone will have the opportunity to receive ofatumumab if their disease progresses.

 

As part of an agreement between the two companies, Genmab will receive a milestone payment of $20 million.

 

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Live from your living room, it’s Saturday night

BY Allison Cerra

SEATTLE Discovery Bay Games and Broadway Video Enterprises are bringing sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" into living rooms nationwide with the launch of a new board game.

Currently available at such retailers as Walmart and Kmart, Saturday Night Live – The Game features a mix of "SNL"-inspired activities that will get players acting, improvising, guessing and laughing out loud. Players customize each game by choosing cards from the "SNL" eras they know best (1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s). "Saturday Night Live," which debuted in October 1975, is the most Emmy-nominated show in TV history with 126 nominations, and has been honored twice with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The show has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedic talents of their respective generations.

 

“We are really happy with what Discovery Bay Games created,” said Britta von Schoeler, SVP and general manager for Broadway Video Enterprises. “The game stays true to the show’s history and allows people to bring its energy into their homes.”

 

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