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Like it or not, the only reason any red blooded suburbanite would come to center city Allentown is to get London Fog, Laura Ashley or Ralph Lauren at 50 percent off. And, remember, they’re the ones with the money.

It’s worked in Reading, Lancaster and the Poconos. And it’ll work in Allentown more precisely, the old Hess’s building at 9th and Hamilton.

So, while the city fathers, the alternative lifestyle folks and the chairman of Pennsylvania Power Light Co. argue over the matter, I’m going to take the bull by the horns. Here’s a three step process to revitalize downtown Allentown.


Here are 10 that have outlets in Reading.

Footlocker; Levi’s; Pier 1 Imports; Rawlings Sporting Goods; Tommy Hilfiger; Underground Jeans; Timberland; Bugle Boy; Sunglass

World; and Hart, Schaffner Marx.

Aw, what the heck, here are 10 more.

Corning, Dockers, Genuine Kids, Guess, Laura Ashley, Leather Loft, Park Avenue Hosiery, Old Navy Clothing Co., Polo/Ralph Lauren, and Van Heusen.


Something that sounds like this will do.

Dear CEO, Allentown has a first rate department store that would be ideal for your store. It has five floors and a basement, a classy restaurant, escalators, a parking deck and shiny brass revolving doors. Rent’s cheap. And the location is better than Disney World.

Literally minutes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I 78 and Route 22, we’re accessible from New Jersey/New York, the Poconos, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Scranton in a little over an hour. Buses can easily reach the store. Access is on four lane streets, not through crowded inner city neighborhoods or jammed interstates.

We’re inviting dozens of your competitors to a gala at the old Hess’s store. We hope that you, too, can make it.


There are 99 shops at The Crossings Factory Stores outlet mall in Tannersville, and Reading’s outlet brochure (that’s where I got the names) lists scores more.

The addresses of these and thousands of other companies can be found in the Dun Bradstreet and Standard and Poor’s business directories and the Directory of Corporate Affiliations all on file at the Allentown Public Library. The Bloomberg Business News network has them on line.

Oh, about this gala. Who’s going to pay for it? Well, here are a few suggestions.

The Hilton, The Bon Ton, the city of Allentown, the Downtown Improvement District of Allentown (DIDA), The Morning Call, the absentee landlords who own the vacant storefronts on Hamilton Mall and anybody else who would benefit from a revitalized center city.
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Shoppers have one more week to join Tanger Outlets The Walk in Atlantic City in supporting efforts to end breast cancer and get some nice discounts in the process.

The 21st annual Tanger PinkSTYLE campaign, which continues through Oct. 25, offers shoppers 25% Off Pink Cards, five for $5. Each can be used to save 25 percent on a single item at participating stores at the outlets. The cards and passes are good through next Saturday.

Proceeds from the Pink Cards will benefit the Ruth Newman Shipiro Cancer Heart Fund and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. and Canada to bring awareness and raise much needed funds for breast cancer research and prevention,” Steven B. Tanger, president and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, said in a statement. “We remain committed to supporting these important organizations that are helping further educate women on prevention and hopefully will find a cure to a disease that has affected so many women and families.”

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates more than 295,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States alone. More than 800 women are diagnosed each day, and breast cancer is the

second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women across the nation.

Since 1994, Tanger Outlet Centers has contributed more than $13.5 million to breast cancer research through the PinkSTYLE Campaign, 5K races, Pink Partini Events and other breast cancer related fundraising events across the country. In 2013, the company raised $1.5 million during PinkSTYLE.
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says a person who recently visited the state from Europe had the virus and their immunization history was unknown.

Officials are warning of potential exposures over the past week, from May 1 8, in the greater Boston area including some locations in Wrentham.

Anyone who was potentially exposed Is recommended to call their healthcare provider or health department.

The individual with measles was in the following locations at the following times while contagious. Because measles virus can remain in the air for two hours, an additional two hours has been added to each location listed below. MDPH and BPHC recommend that those potentially exposed call their healthcare providers or the health department with questions or concerns.

The infected individual was in the following locations during the following days and times:

Sunday, May 1, 2016TRANSPORTATION: MBTA 1 Bus Newbury St., Boston to Harvard Square

Harvard Square: Shopped at J August, 1320 Massachusetts Ave.

Ate at Panda Express in the food court

Shopped at Victoria Secret, Gap, Abercrombie Fitch, PacSunTRANSPORTATION: Back to Boston via MBTA (Green line)
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Like the founder Ralph Lauren said, don design clothes, I design dreams His vision, the label was founded in the year 1967 and has ever since demonstrated American culture and heritage through its collection of products. The aristocratic fashion with a hint of high spiritedness and the iconic range works under sub labels namely; Polo Ralph Lauren, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Purple Label, Black Label and RLL. Sophistication. From the past 50 years, the brand has become the one stop destination for anyone who wants preppy American styles. The brand offers apparels, footwear, handbags and accessories for him and her and epitomizes classic American fashion through them. One of the biggest names of the industry, Ralph Lauren is truly a brand to look out for. If you already haven seen its collection, then there is a lot that you are missing out. The timeless yet contemporary range of products is something you should definitely check out and we are sure it will find its way in your wardrobe.

Ralph Lauren bags are one of the most popular in the market. The brand has been utilizing the latest trends fashion fads and giving them its own twist. Like the Ricky bag featured LED lights which activates when you open it. It is a very unique concept of blending technology with fashion in such a stunning way. The label has left no stone unturned and therefore the collection is amazing to say the least. Categories like; business, cross bodies, duffle, messengers, totes, wallets, wristlets, etc can be procured under this label. They are crafted in luxurious leather with silver or golden hardware. The superior quality makes them highly durable and therefore they last a lifetime, with proper care. Ralph Lauren crossbody bags are our favorite because they have a lot of room for movement. The price range of these bags is not very high and you can buy them without burning a hole in your pocket. You can either check out the official website or a store nearby you.
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Safeco Corp., one of the nation largest property and casualty insurers, announced plans Wednesday to move its corporate headquarters and Northwest regional offices into two buildings in downtown Seattle.

Employees at the company current headquarters, in the University District northeast of downtown, will begin moving into about 284,000 square feet of leased office space at the former Seafirst Building on Fourth Avenue next year, Safeco said.

The building is managed by Hines, a multinational real estate development and management firm based in Houston. The lease gives Safeco full naming rights for both the interior and exterior of the building.

Once occupied, the new headquarters building will be renamed Safeco Plaza and will be home to as many as 1,
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100 Safeco employees, the company said.

Safeco, which owns the naming rights to Safeco Field where the Seattle Mariners have played since it opened in 1999, intends to place its University District building complex on the market in early June. said Wednesday it will stop selling its Polo Jeans Co. brand starting next spring in the United States as the New York based apparel company refashions its denim business worldwide. The company shares rose 2.5 percent on the news. with new denim offerings under the Lauren women line and Polo Ralph Lauren line for men.

The move follows Polo Ralph Lauren buyback earlier this year of the Polo Jeans license for $355 million from Jones Apparel Group Inc. Polo Ralph Lauren aimed to take more control of the business, which had suffered from exposure in discount stores.

Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. lowered its forecast for full year subscriber growth and revenue Wednesday, citing softness of retail sales for satellite radios in the second quarter and product availability problems. The company shares fell 11 percent.

XM, which competes with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. in the emerging business of selling nationwide radio service delivered by satellite, said it now expects to have 8.5 million subscribers by the end of the year, down from its previous estimate of 9 million.
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“Sometimes (retailers) tweak production of the items so they’re slightly different in terms of quality, but it’s acceptable. I don’t think this is a dirty little secret of the outlet industry,” said Coleen Conklin, senior vice president of marketing at Premium Outlets, a division of Simon Property Group.

Premium Outlets is by far the largest player in the industry, with 65 locations in 29 states.

Upscale fashion icons, including Coach and Juicy Couture, maintain a separate product line for their outlet stores, representatives for the brands said. Clothing retailer Gap Inc., which owns Banana Republic, also manufactures products exclusively for its outlets or “factory stores.”

“There’s no cross pollination. Retail stuff never ends up here,” said Daryl Higgins, manager of the Gap Outlet store in Folsom, Calif.

Several outlet store managers said the difference between outlet and retail products can be so subtle that they are rarely discernible to the everyday shopper.

Hagen Thompson, manager of the Loft Outlet in Folsom, explained that a sweater in a regular retail store with a 12 bow embroidery might have just seven bows in the outlet version, along with a cheaper fabric. Loft Outlet is a subsidiary of Ann Taylor.

“It’s a way to cut cost, but you lose some of the details,” she said.

To be sure, outlets are big business. Since 2006, 39 outlet centers have opened, compared with only one regional mall, according to Value Retail News, the outlet industry’s trade publication.

When outlet malls first appeared nearly 40 years ago, they didn’t make much money, serving mostly as a channel to get rid of goods no one wanted.

But their popularity has exploded; there are now more than 300 of them in the United States.

“The retailers have made it into a pretty profitable business. Outlet space at current levels is fully occupied. Busch, a mall analyst at Green Street Advisors of Newport Beach, Calif.

Spending at outlet malls is expected to top $25 billion this year, up from $19.9 billion in 2009.

But as the industry grew, the concept evolved and outlets became a distribution channel in their own right. The tough economic times in the past five years accelerated the process.

“People started watching their budgets because of the recession, but weren’t necessarily ready to give up their favorite brands,” said Linda Humphers, editor in chief of Value Retail News.

Separate product lines allow brands to appeal to shoppers with different priorities.

“Some consumers want the latest and greatest, but then you have shoppers who only seek out bargains,” said Anthony Dukes, associate professor of marketing at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. “Manufacturers recognize they must have different price points.”

Outlets often tout prices of 25 percent to 65 percent less than full retail. But the discounts are not an apples to apples comparison, since outlet goods are different both in quality and style from their regular retail counterparts.

“Given consumer psychology, retailers have an incentive to make the price look high at one point and reduce it to make the deal look big,” said Dukes, who specializes in retail and pricing strategies. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this plays out in outlets.”

The reputation of outlets as treasure hunts for brand name goods fuels the sport of outlet shopping. And because outlets often are miles from urban centers, shoppers feel pressure to make the trip worthwhile.

“We don’t get the browsers; we get the shoppers,” said Maura Eggan, western region marketing vice president for Premium Outlets. “You expect them to leave with a lot of shopping bags.”

Among those confirmed to be selling made for outlet products are: Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Gap, Juicy Couture, Loft and Polo Ralph Lauren, representatives for the brands said. Many more brands did not respond to inquiries about their outlet business.
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When Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with itscrumbling steel mills and sundered chimneys,becomes a symbol of economic lift off you know something seismic is happening in America. You know it too when Lord Taylor, one of the country’s most storied department stores, sells its Manhattan flagship to a cocky startup company offering shared workspace to millennials.

We are in thrall of a world changing at lightning speed, thanks largely to that thing we once called the world wide web. We love the many conveniences it gives us. “Alexa, write this column for me.”(If you haven’t asked Alexa or one of her competing voice command friends into your home yet, you really should.) But some of the economic fallout fromit we like much less.

We worry, notably, about how online living and shopping has compounded the difficulties so many communities face keeping jobs nearby for the families that live in them. Woe is the American retail sector for example. Shops you know, the Are You Being Served?kind with real people inside and real things to buy are vanishing in America faster than the leaves in autumn.

We all see it. I do, just around my home in Manhattan. The “Retail Opportunity”posters inside the glass of our old supermarket are starting to fade. Same at the old Polo Ralph Lauren shop in the building The Independent works out of. But try going beyond the big cities. It’s worse. Since the start of this year, retailers have announced plans to close 6,700 shops across the country. They have names like Sears, JCPenney, Ann Taylor, Gap, Banana Republic, Gymboree and Staples. Families flocked to them in their cars and so American suburbia was born.

Yet this narrative is more complicated than at first appears. And less gloomy. It isn’t just about the old giving way to the new. Or labour heavy industries giving way to labour light ones. Look more closely and the old models of doing business and the new ones are sometimes starting to mash together. They are colliding in ways that are producing new and unexpected energy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world’s largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. The NPC runs alongside the annual plenary meetings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), together known as ‘Lianghui’ or ‘Two Meetings’.

David Allen Turpin (C), who along with Louise Anna Turpin is accused of abusing and holding 13 of their children captive, appears in court with attorneys David Macher (L) and Alison Lowe in court in Riverside, California. According to Riverside County Sheriffs, David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin held 13 malnourished children ranging in age from 2 to 29 captive in their Perris, California home. Deputies were alerted after a 17 year old daughter escaped by jumping through a window shortly before dawn, carrying a de activated mobile phone from which she was able to call 911 for help. Responding deputies described conditions in the home as foul smelling with some kids chained to a bed and suffering injuries as a result. Adult children appeared at first to be minors because of their malnourished state. The Turpins were arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment.

Rescue services search for people in a damaged building in eastern Taiwan after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Hualien on the night of 6 February, 2018. Media reports said several buildings were damaged and at least four people were killed and some 100 were injured during the quake. Teams are trying to rescue people inside the buildings. Some bridges and roads are damaged and the main road to Hualien is closed. More than 100 earthquakes have hit off Taiwan’s east coast in the past three days. The Seismological Observation Center said they are cuased by the friction between the Philipine Plate and Eurasian Plate.

Look at Bethlehem. Just 85 miles west of New York City,
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it for ever embodied the crumbling of manufacturing. The fabled mills of Bethlehem Steel once employed tens of thousands, provided the girders of the Golden Gate Bridge and the amour plating for Eisenhower’s tanks. By 2002, it was all over. Bethlehem joined the vast wilderness they called the American Rust Belt.

And now? Stirring again, not because steel is back in vogue, but because online shopping has arrived. The city is in the heart of two counties through which flows the Lehigh River and, more importantly, Interstate 78. Companies like Amazon in the front lines of online retailing chose it as the perfect strategic spot to build urgently needed distribution warehouses. With them have come jobs too, most paying more per hour than people in shops are used to. In seven years, warehouse jobs in those two counties alone have tripled from 5,000 to over 15,000. A similar boom in warehouse building and warehouse staffing is occurring in counties across the land.

One online retail company, Zulily, has gone a step further in Bethlehem. As The New York Times reported last week, it hastaken over a portion of the old Bethlehem Steel Mill complex grand and, until recently, abandonedmonuments to old industry in deep red brick to house its newest, eastern seaboarddistribution centre. Inside are pickers, sorters, IT managers and fork lift drivers. To Bethlehemites those buildings were a graveyard where high wage jobs lay. Few ever imagined they would be applying to work there again. All that’s missing is the grime and black smoke.

Will Zulily be there long? Will its workers? That’s a good question as the next big revolution will be about robots replacing humans. But you have to take notice of the Bethlehem story. As you do the unexpected tango of old and new going on at Lord Taylor.

At one level, it’s quintessential old guard surrender. Lord Taylor is an institution in trouble also. Around for over a hundred years, it’s Manhattan mainstay a landmarked building on Fifth Avenue pioneered the tradition of Christmas window displays. But its owner, Hudson’s Bay Company of Canada, is dealing with the same pressures as everyone else:jobs and square footage must go. The $850m(647m) it got for the building will help pay down debt.

That the buyer was WeWork said it all. The Silicon Valley startup has been snaffling buildings in cities everywhere to cater to millennials who don’t want to commit to an office of their own but don’t want to work from home either. Typically, a WeWork location offers individual office spaces of varying sizes across a shared floorwith common areas for flirting, networking and free beer on Fridays. The Lord Taylor building is going from gussets to gizmos. In fact, WeWorkplans to turn the building into its headquarters.

But Hudson’s Bay thinks it isn’t surrendering but being clever.

And you never know,maybe one of the wizz bang smart WeWorkcrewwill help Lord Taylor build a decent and attractive website. So it can thrive in this brave new world.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a marketing campaign to rebrand fish as “sea kittens,” a name the organization hopes will increase awareness and make the vertebrates more endearing to those who would eat them.

“A lot of people don’t realize that fish are capable of feeling fear and pain, that they develop relationships with each other, and even show affection by gently rubbing against one another,” says Ashley Byrne, PETA’s sea kitten campaign co ordinator. “Knowing that the fish sticks in the school cafeteria are really made out of tortured sea kittens makes most kids want to lose their lunch.”

The advocacy effort, which also addresses environmental concerns about over fishing, is the latest in a growing list of publicity campaigns by non profits, conservationists and animal activists that treat “misunderstood” creatures everything from cats to slugs and spiders as if they were celebrities in need of better representation.

As a humourous entry on the sea kitten website states, “fish need to fire their PR guy stat. Whoever was in charge of creating a positive image for fish needs to go right back to working on the Britney Spears account and leave our scaly little friends alone.”

Although the youth focused campaign has drawn snickers from critics, none of PETA’s long record of animal rights victories has come without some public mockery. It was by using similar tactics that the organization strong armed such corporate giants as McDonald’s, Safeway, Wendy’s, Burger King and, most recently, Canadian KFC restaurants to implement new standards of animal welfare.

According to a 2006 Canadian led study in the journal Science, nearly one third of all fishing stocks worldwide have declined to less than 10 per cent of their maximum observed abundance. Should depletion continue at this pace, researchers warn all stocks currently fished would collapse by 2050.

But Dalhousie biology professor Jeff Hutchings believes PETA’s attempt to address the issue is “misguided” at best.

“Worldwide, we can’t even reduce our fishing pressure, so the thought of eliminating fishing altogether is simply absurd,” says Hutchings, chairman of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. “Furthermore,
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any positive benefits that might be realized by drawing attention to the plight of fish are, to my mind, weakened by the costs of a campaign that calls fish ‘sea kittens’.”

But marketing expert Allen Adamson, who has written several books on branding, believes the strategy is a savvy one in the way it appeals to children.

“Deer are often a nuisance but because of the Bambi image, they get a better ride than a lot of other animals,” says Adamson, managing director of global branding firm Landor Associates. “Whatever you can do to make the cause come to life and allow people to emotionally connect to it will make (the message) more effective.”

It’s not just Nemo who’s getting a makeover these days.

“We’ve been taught from a very early age that insects are ‘creepy crawlies’ and creepy means disgusting, it means bad, it means we shouldn’t love them the same way we love our cats and dogs,” says Thormin, former acting curator of invertebrate zoology at the Royal Alberta Museum. “There’s a real image problem with anything that doesn’t have two or four legs.”


HIT: Protest campaigns such as “McCruelty,” “Shameway” and “Murder King” that got major grocery stores and food service providers to implement new standards of animal welfare.

MISS: The 2003 Holocaust on Your Plate exhibition, which likened factory farming to the atrocities suffered by Jewish prisoners of concentration camps.

HIT: “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, whose widespread celebrity support and public resonance has helped lead top retailers and designers such as Forever 21, Ann Taylor and Polo Ralph Lauren to go fur free.

MISS: Aggressive anti fur attacks, including the throwing of red paint on people’s fur coats, pieing fur wearing celebrities, pelting fashion runways with rubber maggots, and tossing a dead raccoon onto the dinner table of Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

HIT: After a five year protest against Canadian KFC restaurants, the chain agreed in 2008 to phase out suppliers known to treat poultry with cruelty and to introduce a soy based vegetarian sandwich.

MISS: Tasteless ads that last year exploited the brutal murder of Canadian Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus to draw attention to the violence of factory farming.

Reevely: Ontario Tories’ voting turns up thousands of ‘missing’ members in just a few ridingsThe Ontario Progressive Conservatives still have tens of thousands of iffy names.

Opinion: Trudeau’s Liberals are faltering on foreign policy at the midway point of their mandateAt the midpoint between its ascent to power and the next federal election, the Trudeau.

Winston: Why MeToo is not for meCount me out of the MeToo movement. It might be politically correct to support .

Gormley: Why Mr. Scheer’s trip to London is so impoliteI wonder: What’s the polite way to respond when an opposition leader meets with .
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Shares in Oroton have nosedived after the luxury fashion retailer scrapped its forecast for earnings growth.

The company had been expecting earnings in the second half of its fiscal year to be higher than in the same period a year earlier, but third quarter earnings fell by more than $2 million.

Oroton now expects its full year earnings will be down 66 per cent on the prior year, due to the weaker than expected second half performance and the impact of a falling Australian dollar.

Its shares slumped nearly 23 per cent during morning trade but it has since clawed back some losses.

At 1425 AEST, Oroton was down 14 per cent, or 36 cents,
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at $2.20.

Chief executive Mark Newman said halting the heavy clearance sales that the Oroton brand had become reliant on had cost more than expected.

“The third quarter, and April in particular, reflects how much the heavy discounting from previous years has eroded the brand’s prestige,” he said.

“The market has remained uncertain and the timing of Easter and Anzac Day this year compared to last year also impacted sales.”

Oroton also operates the Gap and Brooks Brothers brands in Australia, and sales and margins in both businesses have fallen below expectations,
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The popular blood thinner Plavix is a safe and effective medication for patients, including those deemed to be metabolizers of the drug, says an analysis released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

If you one of the approximately 40 million people worldwide taking Plavix(known generically as clopidogrel), you probably familiar with the warning. The label cautions that the drug has effectiveness in poor metabolizers or patients with a certain genotype, known as CYP2C19, and thus may lead to an increase in cardiovascular events like heart disease, stroke, or bleeding. To help decide if Plavix is a good fit for patients, the label says genetic tests are available to identify people with the genotype in question.

Yet in the analysis published today, researchers looked at 32 individual studies, involving more than 42,000 patients, and concluded that Plavixworks well in patients both with and without the genotype. They found no significant increase in cardiovascular events in patients with the genotype who took Plavix.

drug Plavixitself is not active, it has to be metabolized in order to become activated, explains Dr. Steven Nissen, with the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic. The liver enzyme CYP2C19 is what activates the drug.

you a slow metabolizertheoretically you might not produce enough active drug to get the anti coagulant effect of Plavix and that why all of this from a theoretical point of view made sense but the problem is that theory is one thing but reality is another. Nissen was not affiliated with the analysis but did write an editorial accompanying its publication. He believes that the FDA jumped the gun in mandating the boxed warning.

acted prematurely in putting a warning on the drug without the level of evidence that we would consider to be adequate for most standards, says Dr. Nissen.

were trying to do the right thing but if you look at it in the most rigorous fashion, it wasn the right answer and it now time to rethink it. Eric J. Topol, the Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health and a practicing cardiologist, disagrees with Dr. Nissen and the conclusion of the meta analysis.

According to Dr. Topol, previous studies have found only that patients with stents would benefit from genetic testing to determine if Plavixis an appropriate drug. He believes the FDA recommendation for certain patients to be tested for the genotype CYP2C19 remains valid.

who get stentedshould have the genotype test to see if they going to respond, says Dr. Topol, who was also not affiliated with the analysis.

If patients with stents have the gene,
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and Plavixdoes not work effectively for them, vulnerable to clotting their stent and if a person clots their stent, they either die or have a heart attack, says Dr. Topol.

don want to be walking around with a stent and have this vulnerability. a written statement to CNN, a FDA spokesperson said the agency did not have a specific comment on the analysis.

we do not provide comments on individual studies, reports or articles. Rather, the FDA collectively reviews the literature and takes such information into account as we discuss drug safety issues and make regulatory decisions. what does all this mean for patients? If you concerned about taking Plavix, talk to your doctor to learn if genetic testing is a good option for you.

Whatever the trigger, Plavix nearly killed my father after he had a stent put in last year. Shortly after he started taking the medication he started bleeding internally. He remained in the hospital for 6 weeks, nearly died 3 times and had several transfusions done. The doctor refused to take him off Plavix saying it wasn the problem, but, behold, 5 days after the Plavix was finally stopped, his internal bleeding stopped. He been fine since.

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In 2001 I had a massive MI (heart attack). My right artery was one hundred percent (100%) blocked and my left artery was ninety five percent (95%) blocked.

The Cardiologist at a major Clearwater, Florida was able to clear the blockage and implant a stent inside each artery.

I was told at that time by the Cardiologist (at major hosp.) I would have to take aspirin (ASA) and Plavix 75 mg, for the rest of my life.

The VA Medical Center has had me taking Plavix 75 mg and ASA, since joining their system sometime in 2002/03.

Then in approximately April or May of 2011, I was informed by my Primary Care Physician that I would no longer be receiving Plavix. I was not told why or given a chance to talk to a Cardiologist.

I informed her I was told by the Cardiologist, at the major Hospital, I was to remain on Plavix for the rest of my life. I informed her of this fact several times.

My Primary Care Physician requested a Consult with a VA Cardiologist. The Cardiologist requested her, to request that several tests be ran, before a VA Cardiologist provided a Consult.

The tests were ran and everything came back fairly normal for my conditions. The Consultation was then assigned to a Dr. at the VA Medical Clinic.

On July 05,
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2011 I had a Heart Stress Test with Mycardial Perfusion Imaging performed. This test helps find blocked arteries to the heart muscle.