On PR Newswire: The Legacies of Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Leonard Bernstein are Celebrated, FDA Approves Generic EpiPen
With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
Legacy Recordings and The Prince Estate Launch First Wave of Prince Catalog Digital Releases Aug. 17
Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, launched its first round of Prince catalog digital releases on Aug. 17. The first wave of Prince catalog titles to be released through an exclusive agreement struck in June between SME and the Prince Estate focuses on 1995-2010, a crucial epoch in Prince history. Twenty-three highly collectible Prince catalog titles (many of them hard-to-find or out-of-print) and Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 (a newly curated anthology of 37 essential tracks from the era) are now available across all major streaming services and digital service providers.
Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate the recent upward trend in motor vehicle deaths has continued its leveling off, with the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2018 dipping just slightly – less than 0.5 percent – from six-month 2017 estimates. Approximately 18,720 people died on U.S. roadways between January and June, compared to the council’s revised estimate of 18,770 during the same period last year. An additional 2.1 million people are estimated to have sustained serious crash-related injuries during the first six months of 2018 – a one percent drop from 2017 six-month projections.
The family of Aretha Franklin confirmed Thursday, Aug. 16 that the 18-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter best known for hits like “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Spanish Harlem,” died of pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate of any major cancer in the U.S. at only 9 percent. In 2018, more than 55,000 people will be diagnosed and approximately 44,000 will die from the disease.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on Aug. 16 approved the first generic version of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine) auto-injector for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions, including those that are life-threatening (anaphylaxis), in adults and pediatric patients who weigh more than 33 pounds. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA gained approval to market its generic epinephrine auto-injector in 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths.
One hundred years after his birth and 28 years after his death, Leonard Bernstein’s legacy still shines bright. A multitude of events will celebrate his 100th birthday on Aug. 25. A summer-long Bernstein Centennial Celebration at the Tanglewood Music Festival will climax with a gala concert on Aug. 25 featuring major artists from the worlds of classical music, film, and Broadway.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.