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Dialing up GM impulse

BY DSN STAFF

AVENEL, N.J. —Drug store retailers can make the most of impulse purchases in the cell phone accessory category with a new line of cell phone carrier pack chargers from Mizco International.

Mizco’s Cellular Innovations Carrier Series covers every make and model of cell phone with just four products. The line includes a charger for every cell phone brand—AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint-Nextel. Each Carrier Pack model includes interchangeable connectors for all cell phones supported by each carrier. Each model in the series retails for $14.99.

“Phone accessories are an important part of drug store retailers’ merchandising programs, and they are only going to become an even larger profit center in the future,” said Sam Mizrahi, EVP Mizco. “With this new line that’s custom-designed to meet the space-challenged requirements of drug stores, the channel can now devote a minimum amount of space to cell phone carrier pack chargers and generate a maximum amount of sales.”

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Schnucks’ O’Brien to serve on Department of Agriculture advisory committee

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS An executive from Schnuck Markets will serve on an advisory committee of the Department of Agriculture, Schnucks said this week.

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Schnucks VP produce and floral Mike O’Brien would be one of 25 people appointed to a two-year term on the USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. O’Brien is also vice chairman of the Produce Marketing Association.

 

“I am honred to represent Schnuck Markets and the retail produce industry as a member of this committee,” O’Brien said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute and to make a difference for families across the nation.”

The committee, originally chartered in 2001, advises the secretary of agriculture on industry issues related to fruits and vegetables.

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Gilead commences phase 3 trial for single-tablet HIV treatment

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FOSTER CITY, Calif. Gilead Sciences has started a late-stage clinical trial of an investigational 4-in-1 treatment for HIV, the drug maker said.

Gilead announced the initiation of a phase 3 trial of its “Quad” HIV drug, a single-tablet treatment that combines elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. The study will compare the Quad regimen with the standard of care among adults with HIV-1 who have not taken antiretroviral treatments. The company is also investigating cobicistat as a standalone boosting agent for antiretroviral drugs.

“We are pleased to announce that the Quad phase 3 clinical program is underway,” Gilead EVP research and development and chief scientific officer Norbert Bischofberger said. “Efficacy and safety results from the phase 2 study suggest that the Quad may represent an important new option for patients with HIV.”

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