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March 31, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced. 

“Switching medicines, whenever appropriate, from prescription to non-prescription status improves access, empowers consumers to care for their own health and is an important strategy for Pfizer,” stated Paul Sturman, president, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The FDA approval of Nexium 24HR is a significant milestone in executing against our plan.”

March 28, 2014

Dr. Reddy's Labs announced that it has launched amlodipine besylate and atorvastatin calcium tablets, a generic version of Caduet.

HYDERABAD, India — Dr. Reddy's Labs announced that it has launched amlodipine besylate and atorvastatin calcium tablets, a generic version of Caduet.

The Caduet tablets brand and generic had sales in the United States of approximately $163 million MAT for the most recent 12 months ended January 2014, according to IMS Health.

March 28, 2014

DSN recently launched a new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, to bring attention to a tragic side of the prescription drug abuse story — one that's not often told. The millions of Americans who live in chronic pain who already find it difficult to access the medications they need may soon find it even more difficult — because proposed changes in regulatory policy are expected to place additional hurdles on their treatment pathway.

DSN recently launched a new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, to bring attention to a tragic side of the prescription drug abuse story — one that's not often told.

March 28, 2014

Pharmacists in New Mexico have become the first in the United States certified to prescribe Narcan (naloxone), which prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension, according to a report published Wednesday by The New Mexican.

SANTA FE, N.M. — Pharmacists in New Mexico have become the first in the United States certified to prescribe Narcan (naloxone), which prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension, according to a report published Wednesday by The New Mexican

March 28, 2014

Sandoz announced the U.S. launch of lansoprazole capsules amoxicillin capsules, USP, and clarithromycin tablets, USP, the generic version of Prevpac.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz announced the U.S. launch of lansoprazole capsules amoxicillin capsules, USP, and clarithromycin tablets, USP, the generic version of Prevpac.

The drug is used to eliminate the H. pylori infection in patients with duodenal ulcer disease. It's comprised of amoxicillin and clarithromycin, which are antibiotic medicines, as well as lansoprazole, a proton pump inhibitor that helps decrease production of excess stomach acid, the company said.

March 27, 2014

Mission Pharmacal Company on Thursday announced the availability of a new, patented dual-iron version of its prenatal vitamin, CitraNatal Harmony, a single-pill prescription supplement with calcium citrate.

SAN ANTONIO— Mission Pharmacal Company on Thursday announced the availability of a new, patented dual-iron version of its prenatal vitamin, CitraNatal Harmony, a single-pill prescription supplement with calcium citrate. The product features Ferr-Ease, a patented blend of ferrous fumarate, a rapidly absorbing iron salt, and carbonyl iron, known for its gentle, prolonged absorption.  

March 26, 2014

The March/April 2014 Allergy Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Children's Claritin Chewable, Children's Allegra Allergy meltable tablets, Children's Benadryl Allergy Liquid, Nasacort Allergy 24HR, Mucinex Allergy, Hyland's 4 Kids Complete Allergy and Similasan Kids Allergy Eye Relief.

The March/April 2014 Allergy Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Children's Claritin Chewable, Children's Allegra Allergy meltable tablets, Children's Benadryl Allergy Liquid, Nasacort Allergy 24HR, Mucinex Allergy, Hyland's 4 Kids Complete Allergy and Similasan Kids Allergy Eye Relief.

March 25, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration last week approved Amneal Pharmaceuticals' abbreviated new drug application for atovaquone oral suspension USP, 750-mg/5-mL.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration last week approved Amneal Pharmaceuticals' abbreviated new drug application for atovaquone oral suspension USP, 750-mg/5-mL. 

Atovaquone is the generic equivalent of GlaxoSmithKline's Mepron, indicated for the prevention of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia in patients who are intolerant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

March 25, 2014

VR1 on Tuesday announced the availability of Ausanil, a new non-prescription homeopathic nasal spray formulated to provide rapid pain relief from severe headaches and migraines with no reported systemic side effects or adverse drug-drug interactions.

NEW YORK — VR1 on Tuesday announced the availability of Ausanil, a new non-prescription homeopathic nasal spray formulated to provide rapid pain relief from severe headaches and migraines with no reported systemic side effects or adverse drug-drug interactions. 

March 24, 2014

Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which New Jersey-based Vertical Pharmaceuticals has acquired Upsher-Smith's rights to Divigel (estradiol gel) 0.1%, Nexa Plus Rx Prenatal Vitamin, and Provella, a probiotic dietary supplement.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which New Jersey-based Vertical Pharmaceuticals has acquired Upsher-Smith's rights to Divigel (estradiol gel) 0.1%, Nexa Plus Rx Prenatal Vitamin, and Provella, a probiotic dietary supplement. As part of the transaction, Upsher-Smith has transferred the new drug application for Divigel to Vertical Pharmaceuticals. 

March 21, 2014

Actavis earlier this week announced that it has entered into an agreement with Noven Pharmaceuticals to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Actavis' generic version of Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system).

DUBLIN — Actavis earlier this week announced that it has entered into an agreement with Noven Pharmaceuticals to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Actavis' generic version of Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system). Daytrana is a CNS stimulant indicated for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

March 21, 2014

Pharma Major Lupin announced that Lupin Pharmaceuticals, its U.S. subsidiary, has launched niacin extended-release tablets USP in 500-mg, 750-mg and 1,000-mg strengths.

MUMBAI and BALTIMORE — Pharma Major Lupin announced that Lupin Pharmaceuticals, its U.S. subsidiary, has launched niacin extended-release tablets USP in 500-mg, 750-mg and 1,000-mg strengths.

The drug is the generic version of AbbVie’s Niaspan tablets. It's used to reduce elevated TC, LDL-C, Apo B and TG levels, and to increase HDL-C in patients with primary hyperlipidemia and mixed dyslipidemia, the company said.

March 21, 2014

New guidelines for using statins to treat high cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease are projected to result in 12.8 million more U.S. adults taking the drugs, according to a research team led by Duke Medicine scientists.

DURHAM, N.C. — New guidelines for using statins to treat high cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease are projected to result in 12.8 million more U.S. adults taking the drugs, according to a research team led by Duke Medicine scientists. Overall, of the 12.8 million additional U.S. adults recommended for statin use under the new guidelines, 10.4 million are people who would be prescribed the drugs for preventive care. Of those preventive users, 8.3 million would be people over the age of 60. 

March 20, 2014

AstraZeneca on Wednesday launched Nexium Direct, a program that provides eligible patients the option of having brand-name Nexium delivered directly to their home.

WILMINGTON, Del. — AstraZeneca on Wednesday launched Nexium Direct, a program that provides eligible patients the option of having brand-name Nexium delivered directly to their home. Nexium Direct is part of AstraZeneca Direct, a web-based offering that delivers select brand name prescription medications from AstraZeneca. The medications are dispensed by a team of registered pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians available through a collaboration with Eagle Pharmacy.

March 20, 2014

Purdue Pharma recently announced that a Phase 3 study of an investigational extended‐release formulation of hydrocodone bitartrate met its primary efficacy endpoint by showing that patients with chronic low back pain treated with the once‐daily analgesic agent experienced statistically significant reduction in pain compared with placebo.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Purdue Pharma recently announced that a Phase 3 study of an investigational extended‐release formulation of hydrocodone bitartrate met its primary efficacy endpoint by showing that patients with chronic low back pain treated with the once‐daily analgesic agent experienced statistically significant reduction in pain compared with placebo. 

March 19, 2014

The cosmetics and toiletries market enjoyed growth in 2013, despite a challenging economy, and that growth is expected to continue into the future as the economy improves and manufacturers set their sights on innovation and products with multi-purpose functionality, according to a recent Kline & Co. blog.

NEW YORK — The cosmetics and toiletries market enjoyed growth in 2013, despite a challenging economy, and that growth is expected to continue into the future as the economy improves and manufacturers set their sights on innovation and products with multi-purpose functionality, according to a recent Kline & Co. blog.

March 19, 2014

Unilever’s Suave Professionals is partnering with Glam4Good to provide makeovers for women and bring a touch of glam to women everywhere.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Suave Professionals is partnering with Glam4Good to provide makeovers for women and bring a touch of glam to women everywhere.

All women can receive samples to try for themselves and have the opportunity to gift them to others at Suave.com.

Glam4Good is a fashion movement, community and organization that ignites positive social change through style. Style and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson spearheads the movement. Glam4Good can be found on The Huffington Post.

March 18, 2014

Mallinckrodt Plc last week announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Xartemis XR (oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen) Extended-Release Tablets (CII), for the management of acute pain severe enough that it requires opioid treatment.

DUBLIN — Mallinckrodt Plc last week announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Xartemis XR (oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen) Extended-Release Tablets (CII), for the management of acute pain severe enough that it requires opioid treatment.

The drug also is indicated for patients for whom alternative treatments have shown to be ineffective. Xartemis XR, previously known as MNK-795, is the first and only extended-release oral combination of two clinically proven pain medications — oxycodone and acetaminophen.

March 18, 2014

Natco Pharma received tentative approval from the Food and Drug Administration to launch a generic version of Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu, according to a recent report. The drug is used to treat bird and swine flu.

HYDERABAD — Natco Pharma received tentative approval from the Food and Drug Administration to launch a generic version of Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu, according to a recent report. The drug is used to treat bird and swine flu.

March 18, 2014

A new study published in the March 18 journal Annals of Internal Medicine raises questions about current guidelines which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage consumption of polyunsaturated fats, or fish oils, to prevent heart disease.

CAMBRIDGE, England — A new study published in the March 18 journal Annals of Internal Medicine raises questions about current guidelines which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage consumption of polyunsaturated fats, or fish oils, to prevent heart disease. 

"These are interesting results that potentially stimulate new lines of scientific inquiry and encourage careful reappraisal of our current nutritional guidelines," suggested Rajiv Chowdhury, lead author of the research at the University of Cambridge.

March 18, 2014

Pfizer has sued Torrent Pharmaceuticals in an effort to protect its erectile-dysfunction drug Viagra (sildenafil citrate) from generic competition, according to a Bloomberg News report published Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Pfizer has sued Torrent Pharmaceuticals in an effort to protect its erectile-dysfunction drug Viagra (sildenafil citrate) from generic competition, according to a Bloomberg News report published Tuesday

Torrent has filed an aNDA with the Food and Drug Administration, challenging Pfizer's patent that expires on Oct. 22, 2019. 

March 17, 2014

Pierre Fabre Dermatologies announced that it received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to market the pediatric drug Hemangeol (propranolol hydrochloride).

CASTRES, France and PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Pierre Fabre Dermatologies announced that it received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to market the pediatric drug Hemangeol (propranolol hydrochloride).

It is the first and only approved treatment for “proliferating infantile hemangioma requiring systemic therapy," the company said. Infantile hemangioma is a vascular benign tumor that affects 3% to 10% of newborns.

March 14, 2014

In observance of National Poison Prevention Week, which is March 16 to 22, the National Safety Council has released a list of facts many people do not — but need to — know about prescription painkiller use.

ITASCA, Ill. — In observance of National Poison Prevention Week, which is March 16 to 22, the National Safety Council has released a list of facts many people do not — but need to — know about prescription painkiller use.

Did you know?

1. Forty-five people die every day from opioid prescription painkillers — more deaths than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined;

2. In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were provided to medicate every American around the clock for an entire month;

March 13, 2014

Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division on Wednesday launched eight flea and tick treatments and control solutions, which are to be sold at pet specialty retail stores.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division on Wednesday launched eight flea and tick treatments and control solutions, which are to be sold at pet specialty retail stores. The announcement was made at Global Pet Expo, the pet industry's largest annual trade show.

Four of the new products — Advantage Treatment Spray for dogs, Advantage Treatment Spray for cats, Advantage Treatment Shampoo for dogs and Advantage Treatment Shampoo for cats — aim to give pet owners an array of options for pest treatment.

March 13, 2014

Using azithromycin and levofloxacin increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmia and death, according to a study of U.S. veterans.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Using azithromycin and levofloxacin increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmia and death, according to a study of U.S. veterans.

The research was published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine.