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January 3, 2012

While physicians and pharmacists alike generally view electronic prescribing with favor, several barriers stand in the way of their realizing its full benefit, according to a November government study.


While physicians and pharmacists alike generally view electronic prescribing with favor, several barriers stand in the way of their realizing its full benefit, according to a November government study.


January 3, 2012

Pharmacy technology provider PDX is partnering with Mscripts to allow existing PDX Classic and Enterprise Pharmacy System customers to add mobile to their customer-facing offerings, the companies said.

SUPPLIER NEWS — Pharmacy technology provider PDX is partnering with Mscripts to allow existing PDX Classic and Enterprise Pharmacy System customers to add mobile to their customer-facing offerings, the companies said. The features will give pharmacies an outreach channel to improve their bin management and will-call services, as well as allow them to easily identify aging prescriptions and use the Mscripts mobile application to remind customers to pick up their prescriptions.


January 3, 2012

The role of the pharmacist has evolved considerably over the past decade, and few things exemplify that evolution more than pharmacists taking an active role in patients’ medication therapies and consulting with them one-on-one.


The role of the pharmacist has evolved considerably over the past decade, and few things exemplify that evolution more than pharmacists taking an active role in patients’ medication therapies and consulting with them one-on-one.


January 3, 2012

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that Shlomo Yanai, president and CEO, will retire from his post in May.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that Shlomo Yanai, president and CEO, will retire from his post in May.

Yanai, who has served in this capacity for five years, has helped Teva expand from a mainly generics business to a more diversified pharmaceutical company, with expected 2012 revenue of approximately $22 billion, and an expanded footprint in the European, Asian and Latin America markets.

December 23, 2011

Baxter and Momenta have agreed to partner to develop and market biosimilar drugs to treat cancer, autoimmune disorders and other chronic conditions.

NEW YORK — Baxter and Momenta have agreed to partner to develop and market biosimilar  drugs to treat cancer, autoimmune disorders and other chronic conditions.

December 23, 2011

Drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Gladstone Institutes will collaborate to find new ways to treat Alzheimer's disease, the two said Thursday.

SAN FRANCISCO — Drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Gladstone Institutes will collaborate to find new ways to treat Alzheimer's disease, the two said Thursday.

December 23, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee is set to review an investigational treatment for obesity.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee is set to review an investigational treatment for obesity.

Biopharmaceutical company Vivus said the panel will review its new drug application for Qnexa on Feb. 22, 2012.

Meanwhile, the FDA will complete its review of the NDA for Qnexa on April 17, 2012. The regulatory agency accepted the NDA in November after Vivus' resubmission of the NDA in October.

December 23, 2011

According to research to be published in the journal Circulation released Friday, sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, can help alleviate heart problems.

QUERENBURG, Germany — According to research to be published in the journal Circulation released Friday, sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, can help alleviate heart problems.

The research was conducted in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

December 23, 2011

Drug makers will focus on patient-specific therapies instead of drugs designed for use by a broad range of people over the next decade, according to a new report released Thursday by Thomson Reuters.

PHILADELPHIA — Drug makers will focus on patient-specific therapies instead of drugs designed for use by a broad range of people over the next decade, according to a new report released Thursday by Thomson Reuters.

The report, titled "The Changing Role of Chemistry in Drug Discovery" and based on drug industry productivity, patent data and other dynamics and trends, was released in recognition of the International Year of Chemistry 2011.

December 22, 2011

A Swiss drug maker is acquiring the U.S. rights for several GlaxoSmithKline drugs.

ZUG, Switzerland — A Swiss drug maker is acquiring the U.S. rights for several GlaxoSmithKline drugs.

Covis Pharma Sarl announced Thursday that it had acquired the rights to the antibiotic Fortaz (ceftazidime), the antibiotic Zinacef (cefuroxime), the heart arrhythmia drug Lanoxin (digoxin), the antidepressant Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate) and the gastroesophogeal reflux disease drug Zantac (ranitidine hydrochloride). GSK will retain rights to the drugs outside the United States.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

December 22, 2011

A Pfizer painkiller appears to produce a much less positive experience for recreational drug users when crushed than when administered whole, according to results of a post-marketing clinical study program.

NEW YORK — A Pfizer painkiller appears to produce a much less positive experience for recreational drug users when crushed than when administered whole, according to results of a post-market clinical study program.

December 22, 2011

Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals officially owns an Australian drug maker.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals officially owns an Australian drug maker.

The company announced that it completed its acquisition of iNova, which sells and distributes prescription and over-the-counter drugs in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and South Africa, on Dec. 21 from iNova's current shareholders, Archer Capital, Ironbridge and others.

The deal, which was announced back in November, was valued at up to A$700 million.

December 21, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for high blood pressure made by Takeda, the drug maker said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for high blood pressure made by Takeda, the drug maker said.

The Japanese drug maker received approval for Edarbyclor (azilsartan medoxomil and chlorthalidone) for the treatment of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The company called it the only fixed-dose therapy that combines an angiotensin II receptor blocker with chlorthalidone, a diuretic, in a once-daily, single tablet. The company also markets Edarbi, which only contains azilsartan medoxomil.

December 21, 2011

The branded subsidiary of Impax Labs has submitted a new drug application for its investigational idiopathic Parkinson's disease treatment to the Food and Drug Administration.

HAYWARD, Calif. — The branded subsidiary of Impax Labs has submitted a new drug application for its investigational idiopathic Parkinson's disease treatment to the Food and Drug Administration.

December 21, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an HIV drug for children and adolescents, the agency said Wednesday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved an HIV drug for children and adolescents, the agency said Wednesday.

The FDA announced the approval of Merck's Isentress (raltegravir) for HIV-1 infection in patients ages 2 to 18 years. The chewable form of the drug will be available for children ages 2 to 11 years.

"Many young children and adolescents are living with HIV, and this approval provides an important additional option for their treatment," FDA Office of Antimicrobial Products director Edward Cox said.

 

December 21, 2011

Drug maker Santarus has submitted a new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration for a treatment for ulcerative colitis, the company said.

SAN DIEGO — Drug maker Santarus has submitted a new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration for a treatment for ulcerative colitis, the company said.

The application was for Uceris (budesonide) tablets in the 9-mg strength for moderate active UC. The company is developing the drug under a collaboration with Cosmo Technologies.

 


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December 20, 2011

Specialty pharmacy provider The Apothecary Shops is encouraging medication adherence with a cap for pill containers that cues patients with lights and sounds, the company said.

PHOENIX — Specialty pharmacy provider The Apothecary Shops is encouraging medication adherence with a cap for pill containers that cues patients with lights and sounds, the company said.

December 20, 2011

Pfizer is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its investigational treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis.

NEW YORK — Pfizer is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its investigational treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis.

The company said the FDA accepted a new drug application for tofacitinib for review. The agency also has provided an anticipated Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date of August 2012. Tofacitinib, which is a novel, oral JAK inhibitor, currently is under review by the European Medicines Agency.

December 20, 2011

Israeli drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is developing a protein that could offer a new way to treat Type 1 diabetes, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Israeli drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is developing a protein that could offer a new way to treat Type 1 diabetes, according to published reports.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the pancreas's beta cells, but the drug, DiaPep277, stops that from happening, according to Bloomberg.

December 20, 2011

AstraZeneca and Targacept released results of the second of four phase-3 clinical trials that investigated the efficacy and tolerability of a drug that could serve as an adjunct therapy to major depressive disorder patients that had an inadequate response to initial antidepressant therapies.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — AstraZeneca and Targacept released results of the second of four phase-3 clinical trials that investigated the efficacy and tolerability of a drug that could serve as an adjunct therapy to major depressive disorder patients that had an inadequate response to initial antidepressant therapies.

December 20, 2011

The market for drugs to treat ulcerative colitis will increase from 2010's $1.7 billion to $3 billion in 2020, according to a new report by market research firm Decision Resources.

BURLINGTON, Mass. — The market for drugs to treat ulcerative colitis will increase from 2010's $1.7 billion to $3 billion in 2020, according to a new report by market research firm Decision Resources.

December 20, 2011

Generic drug maker Watson and biotech manufacturer Amgen will work together to develop biosimilar antibodies for treating cancer, the two companies said.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Generic drug maker Watson and biotech manufacturer Amgen will work together to develop biosimilar antibodies for treating cancer, the two companies said.

December 19, 2011

One-in-eight Americans didn't fill prescriptions last year because they couldn't afford to, but despite difficulties with the economy, that proportion remained level, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

WASHINGTON — One-in-eight Americans didn't fill prescriptions last year because they couldn't afford to, but despite difficulties with the economy, that proportion remained level, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

December 19, 2011

Drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals has launched a hostile takeover bid for ISTA Pharmaceuticals, the company said.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals has launched a hostile takeover bid for ISTA Pharmaceuticals, the company said.

The company announced Friday the offer of $6.50 per share for ISTA, an Irvine, Calif.-based maker of eye drugs. ISTA stock had a closing price of $3.89 per share on Thursday.

December 16, 2011

ViroPharma has received approval for updated labeling to its antibiotic drug.

EXTON, Pa. — ViroPharma has received approval for updated labeling to its antibiotic drug.

The drug maker announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved the "modernization" of labeling for Vancocin (vancomycin hydrochloride) capsules. The new label includes clinical safety and efficacy data for the drug in treatment strains of Clostridium difficile bacteria currency circulating.