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We are pleased to announce that Pinnacle Pharmaceutics Ltd. has acquired the business assets of NoC Sales and Marketing, an Ontario based sales brokerage Company.

As part of this acquisition, Nick Belviso will be joining the staff at Pinnacle. He will be assuming the role of National Account Manager.

We are excited about the opportunity this presents our Company heading into 2015.

 

 

Holiday Schedule Happy Holidays!

Pinnacle Pharmaceutics will be closed starting at noon on Wednesday Dec 24th – Dec 28th.  We will have light staff Dec 29-31st, and re-open with regular hours starting January 5th 2015.

From our family to yours we wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season.

 

 

Costco Wholesale Corp. beat analyst estimates with the release of their first quarter results last week.

Net income rose 17% to $496 million, and same-store sales (excluding the impact of currency fluctuations and gas-price deflation) increased 7%.

Supermarket News reported Richard A. Galanti, EVP and CFO, told analysts the mass merchandise retailer will continue international expansion and is contemplating warehouse opportunities in China.

Costco plans to open a second location in Spain in the second half of fiscal 2016, and Galanti said the company is still trying to get their first unit open in France.

According to Supermarket Newse, food and sundries, candy, deli and spirits were standouts during the quarter, as was organic food.

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Employee Announcement Congratulations & Welcome Back !

We are pleased to announce the return of Glenn Durrant to the Pinnacle Family.

Glenn will be rejoining our account team this December and we wish him a warm welcome back!

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans may check the box “allergic to penicillin” on medical forms, but new research suggests that most of them are mistaken.

Follow-up testing revealed that most people who believed they were allergic to penicillin were actually not allergic to the antibiotic, according to two new studies.

In one study, 94 percent of 384 people who believed they were allergic to penicillin tested negative for penicillin allergy.

And in the second study, penicillin skin testing was performed on 38 people who believed they were allergic to the antibiotic, and all of them tested negative for such an allergy.

The studies were to be presented Friday at the annual meeting of American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), in Atlanta.

“A large number of people in our study who had a history of penicillin allergy were actually not allergic,” Dr. Thanai Pongdee, lead author of the first study, said in an ACAAI news release.

“They may have had an unfavorable response to penicillin at some point in the past, such as hives or swelling, but they did not demonstrate any evidence of penicillin allergy at the current time,” Pongdee explained.

But such misconceptions might affect treatment. Once told that the patient thought he or she was allergic to penicillin, “their doctors prescribed different medications prior to surgery,” Pongdee said.

Those alternative antibiotics that may be more toxic and/or expensive, the ACAAI noted.

Two experts said the studies bring up an important point.

“An evaluation by an allergist for the penicillin and other beta lactam antibiotic allergy is important, is cost-effective and will decrease the use of other more expensive medications,” said Dr. Luz Fonacier, head of the allergy section in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.

“Penicillin skin testing is the most reliable method for evaluating immediate hypersensitivity reaction to penicillin,” she said. “When negative — which is most of the time — the patient can then most likely tolerate penicillin.”

Dr. Punita Ponda is assistant chief of the division of allergy and immunology at Cohen Children’s Hospital of New York, in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

She agreed that “there is often an over-representation of penicillin allergy historically, which can lead to avoidance of this very useful group of antibiotics.”

According to Ponda, “This particularly impacts clinical care when surgical interventions are planned where the use of antibiotics is very likely during the surgical procedure, or during the pre- or post-surgical periods.”

Experts note that findings presented at medical meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Connect with our President Tom Measor at the PLMA Store Brand Trade Show November 16 – 18th  in Chicago , IL

Learn more about the show here

Pinnacle Pharmaceutics is participating in the Annual Shoppers Drug Mart annual Conferences.

Visit us the next few weeks at the locations below:

Saturday October 25th , Calgary AB
Booth # 513

Calgary TELUS Convention Center ( CTCC)
North Building, 136 8th Avenue SE
Show Hours 11 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday November 8 , Quebec City , QC
Booth #316

Centre des Congrès de Québec (QCCC)
Exhibit Hall- Room 2000 ABCD
900, Honoré – Mercier
Show Hours 10:30am – 4:15pm

Pinnacle Pharmaceutics Ltd. will be closing at noon Friday October 10th, and re-opening with regular hours on Tuesday October 14th.

We wish you all a safe and happy thanksgiving.

Costco Canada has announced that it will be partnering with Capital One Canada and MasterCard for its credit cards, starting January 1,2015, and that Capital One will also double as a Canadian member’s card.

The Company had announced recently it’s plans to drop American Express as its credit card provided at the end of 2014, after talks to extend the 15-year relationship fell through.

American Express, however will still be accepted in the 468 store locations across the U.S and Puerto Rico.

For more information, you can check out the full article here

CACDS has officially changed their name to the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada.

To learn more about this association , check out their website : CACDS