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Pero leases Hanover space

Pero Family Farms, one of the country’s largest producers, growers, distributors and marketers of fresh vegetable produce, has leased 19,000 square feet of industrial space in the Keyco Building, 625 New Commerce Boulevard in Hanover Industrial Estates, Hanover Township.

The announcement was made by Mericle Commercial Real Estate, whose brokerage division handled the deal.

The company, headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., will distribute its brands of snipped green beans and mini sweet peppers from the building.

Prescription spending down

Spending on prescription medicines in the U.S. fell for the first time in decades last year, slipping as cash-strapped consumers continued to cut back on use of health care services.

Patients also benefited from a surge of new, inexpensive generic versions of widely used drugs for chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, according to a new report.

Total spending on medications dipped 1 percent, to $325.8 billion last year from $329.2 billion in 2011. Likewise, average spending per person on medicines fell by $33, to $898 last year, according to the report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

Factors behind last year’s drop in drug spending include positive trends such as more use of cheap generic pills and flukes such as a fairly mild cold and flu season in early 2012. But there also was a big negative: people rationing their own health care.

Obama pushes jobs plan

Offering a more upbeat view of the economy, President Barack Obama resurrected his jobs proposals Thursday, advancing modest initiatives as he pushed for action on more ambitious efforts that face resistance from congressional Republicans. “We’re poised for progress,” he declared.

The president chose the bustling Texas capital as a backdrop to refocus on higher wages, education and a manufacturing-driven agenda that had been eclipsed by his struggles over gun control and spending cuts and his ongoing push for an overhaul of immigration laws.

The president’s visit to Austin is the first in a series of field trips aimed at giving a high profile to the economy and jobs, issues still clearly at the forefront of the public’s concerns.

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