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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A non-profit company formed by the Mayo Clinic and six other hospitals has announced plans to begin manufacturing and distributing affordable insulin.

A Mayo Clinic news release says Civica Rx is a generic drug company and will be manufacturing insulin at a 140,000 square foot manufacturing plant that is under construction in Virginia. Eventually, Civica RX will make three types of insulin (glargine, lispro and aspart) that will be interchangeable with Lantus, Humalog, and Novolog. It is expected that glargine type insulin manufactured by the company will be available to consumers in 2024 pending FDA approval.

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The manufacturing plant in Virginia is being designed to have the capacity to produce "a substantial amount of the insulin needed in the US, with additional space to increase production of necessary." The Mayo Clinic says the insulin products will be available in vials and prefilled pen cartridges.

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"Mayo Clinic chose to be a founding member of this innovative venture because our leadership understood the positive impact its success would have on the health of patients and its potential to help solve some of the nation's biggest health care challenges," says Dennis Dahlen, Mayo Clinic's chief financial officer and a member of Civica's board of directors. "Civica’s announcement regarding generic insulin is a significant step toward ensuring patients with diabetes have access to this vital medication."

The news release says the plans announced by Civica RX call for the insulin products to sell at a significant discount. The plan recommends a maximum retail price of $30 for a vial of insulin and $55 for a box of five pen cartridges.

$2.1 Million Dollar Pill Hill home in Rochester Features Secret Wine Cellar

It's not every day you see part of a "log cabin" in a house near downtown Rochester, Minnesota. Well, a house just went on the market in the Pill Hill area for $2,100,000 and it not only features 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms in the 6,479 square feet, but it also has a secret wine cellar. It's true. Look through the photos and see if you can find where it is located.

If this house is your dream, get in touch with the REALTOR, Marion Kleinberg at Edina Realty Inc. in Rochester to take a tour of 831 9th Ave. SW. See if it is still available and the full listing here.

 

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