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Taking Health By the Throat

‘Medical food’ maker seeks healthy sales with pills that are step up from vitamins.

Targeted Medical Pharma sets table with “medical food”: prescription pills for specific maladies.

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Blowing The Lid Off Innovation

Company’s bottle caps help patients know when to take pills.

A Thousand Oaks company has captured time on a bottle with its caps that track when to take pills.

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Preserving Counter Culture

Mickey Fine pharmacy takes soda shop-style approach to service.

Mickey Fine proves counter intuitive with traditional soda fountain in the pharmacy

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West L.A. Brothers Busted in Pharmacy Scheme

Two West L.A. pharmacy owners were arrested Thursday on federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges alleging they used a bogus pharmacy to divert narcotics to the black market.

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Skin Care Firm Investors Won’t Bite on Poison Pill

Activist shareholder wants Obagi to be open to takeover.

Investors fail to swallow poison-pill provision of skin care company Obagi.

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Drugstores Surviving Onslaught Of Chains by Banding Together

Independent drugstores were headed for the endangered list a few years ago, but in Los Angeles community pharmacies are holding on tightly, even as drugstore chains move into their neighborhoods.

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MGM Holdings Adopts ‘Poison Pill,’ Stock Buyback Plans

The Beverly Hills owner of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio on Friday said that its board had adopted both a $75 million stock buyback program, and a “poison pill” plan to discourage hostile takeover attempts.

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HEALTH---WellPoint Out To Buy Online Drug Provider

WellPoint Health Networks Inc., the state's second largest health care company and parent of Blue Cross of California, is getting into the mail-order and online pharmacy business.

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Weekly Brief

When Bob Nickell decided to leave his job as a general retail pharmacist in order to start his own independent pharmacy, he knew he would have to create a niche in order to survive. He came up with the idea for The LivingWell Pharmacy in 1994 and the stor

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Shopping Site Looks to Bottle Up Prescriptions

INTERNET: GoodRx teams with 4D to reach corporate customers, health plans.

GoodRx hopes to fill patients’ prescription needs with its comparison-shopping website.

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Could Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

A study conducted by the National Toxicology Program has found a link between cellphone use and cancer, The Wall Street Journal Reports. The multiyear, peer-reviewed study found “low incidents” of two types of tumors in rats exposed to the type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cell phones and counters the government’s official position that says evidence hasn’t linked cell phones to any health risks.

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Cough Strips Could Soothe InnoZen's Need to Please Its Backers

Melt-in-your-mouth cough strips might make some money for the backers of InnoZen.

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Pharmacy

Carmen Dragon considers her regular visits to the Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy a life-or-death excursion.

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Small Fish

Big order, big trouble for ‘Shark Tank’ winner

Lack of payment from Walgreens proved too tough to swallow for oral supplement maker Marz Sprays.

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Gaining From Loss

Richard Burke is hoping for big returns from Diet Classics' discount versions of weight-control pills.

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Walgreens

A new retailing trend is hitting the streets of L.A. and drivers won't even have to leave their cars to experience it.

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Lions Gate Rejects Icahn’s Offer

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has rejected Carl Icahn's unsolicited bid to increase his stake in the Santa Monica independent film studio. Its board also adopted a “poison pill” shareholders rights plan to discourage further efforts by the billionaire activist investor.

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Product Distributor Tries to Speak to Hispanics

Items made in Mexico pushed in U.S. by MarcasUSA.

MarcasUSA turns to Hispanic consumers to test the retail prospects of its Mexican medical items

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Puma Back Up on FDA OK

BIOTECH: Cancer drug firm achieves new shelf life.

Puma stock climbs as the company’s long-in-development cancer drug finally hits store shelves.

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AIDS Charity Turns Ire on L.A.

Non-profit: County denies condom-fueled feud with AHF.

NON-PROFIT: AIDS Healthcare Foundation courts controversy by filing suits against L.A. County.

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