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April 8, 2014

The Natural Products Association on Tuesday named Daniel Fabricant the association's new CEO.

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association on Tuesday named Daniel Fabricant the association's new CEO. Fabricant has worked as the director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration for the past three years, and prior to that was VP global government and scientific affairs for NPA, including serving as active CEO for several months in 2009.  

April 8, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich got his first look on Tuesday at what’s being called a next-generation pharmaceutical distribution center — under construction in central Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich got his first look on Tuesday at what’s being called a next-generation pharmaceutical distribution center — under construction in central Ohio.

AmerisourceBergen’s new national distribution center will process approximately 96 million units of medication daily. The facility is expected to employ 100 associates when it opens in the fall of 2014. The company already employs nearly 500 people in the Columbus area.  

April 8, 2014

Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has been awarded Specialty Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has been awarded Specialty Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry. 

April 8, 2014

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate), a once-daily antiepileptic drug, is now available across the United States.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Sunovion Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate), a once-daily antiepileptic drug, is now available across the United States.

The drug, which received approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 8, 2013, is a prescription medicine used with other medicines to treat partial-onset seizures. The drug is available in four table strengths: 200 mg, 400 mg, 600 mg and 800 mg; it can be taken whole or crushed, with food or without.

April 8, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its generic form of Lovaza (omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules, USP) in the United States.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its generic form of Lovaza (omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules, USP) in the United States.

Lovaza is used as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglycerdide levels in adult patients, according to the FDA. Teva believes it is the first to file and plans to begin shipping immediately.

Lovaza capsules, marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, had annual sales of $1.1 billion in the United States as of December 2013, according to IMS data.

 

April 8, 2014

Upsher-Smith has announced the release of the first in a series of educational e-books authored by Hamacher Resource Group and created for independent community pharmacists.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Upsher-Smith has announced the release of the first in a series of educational e-books authored by Hamacher Resource Group and created for independent community pharmacists.

The first e-book in the series is “Community Pharmacy: Foundation for the Future,” and was developed to assist independent pharmacists/owners with assessing the state of their business and preparing strategies for continued growth.

April 7, 2014

AmazonFresh recently launched a new tool called the Amazon Dash that allows users to scan items or speak the items aloud as part of a new way to shop for groceries without having to go into the store or shop online.

SEATTLE — AmazonFresh recently launched a new tool called the Amazon Dash that allows users to scan items or speak the items aloud as part of a new way to shop for groceries without having to go into the store or shop online. 

"Every member of the family can use Dash to easily add items to your AmazonFresh shopping list," AmazonFresh announced. "Keep it on your kitchen counter or hang it on the refrigerator. Did your kids just eat the last of the cereal? Conveniently refill and restock your home's everyday essentials, and have fun doing it."

April 7, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has announced the elected officers for its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term: Ed Hamilton as president, Mark Cziraky as VP and Bruce Laughrey as treasurer.

WASHINGTON —The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has announced the elected officers for its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term:  Ed Hamilton as president, Mark Cziraky as VP and Bruce Laughrey as treasurer.

The officers were officially installed during the APhA Foundation board meeting in conjunction with the APhA2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando.

April 7, 2014

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate), which is used to treat deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate). The drug is indicated for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients who have received a parenteral anticoagulant for five to 10 days, and to reduce the risk of recurrent DVT and PE in patients who have been previously treated, the company said.

April 7, 2014

Briggs Healthcare, a supplier to the hospital, pharmaceutical/DME and retail markets for 65 years, on Monday announced it is aligning its brands under the HealthSmart name as of summer 2014.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Briggs Healthcare, a supplier to the hospital, pharmaceutical/DME and retail markets for 65 years, on Monday announced it is aligning its brands under the HealthSmart name as of summer 2014. The brand will be supported by a new website for wholesale and retail customers and, in collaboration with its retail partners, new packaging. Following the announcement, more than 1,000 products will be rebranded as HealthSmart. 

April 7, 2014

Cheetos and Doritos, two brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, announced the introduction of Cheetos Flamin' Hot/Doritos Dinamita Chile Limon Mix, which will bring a spicy-crunchy combo to consumers in a single bag.

PLANO, TX — Cheetos and Doritos, two brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, announced the introduction of Cheetos Flamin' Hot/Doritos Dinamita Chile Limon Mix, which will bring a spicy-crunchy combo to consumers in a single bag. The debut marks the first time the two snacks have been available in the same package.

April 7, 2014

Paul Keckley, previously with Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions, has been hired as managing director and leader of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis.

CHICAGO — Paul Keckley, previously with Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions, has been hired as managing director and leader of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis.

Keckley will lead the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis. The Center will focus on trends and issues relevant to each of the industry’s major sectors.

April 7, 2014

In an effort to more accurately reflect the makeup of Kinney Drugs’ diverse range of pharmacy-related health care services, the company has decided to change its name to KPH Healthcare Services.

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — In an effort to more accurately reflect the makeup of Kinney Drugs’ diverse range of pharmacy-related health care services, the company has decided to change its name to KPH Healthcare Services.

“We believe that the name change will afford each of our divisions the best opportunity to grow business within existing markets, as well as position them for expansion into new markets,” the company said in a statement sent to Drug Store News.

April 7, 2014

Mallinckrodt and Questcor Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Mallinckrodt will acquire Questcor in a transaction valued at approximately $5.6 billion.

DUBLIN — Mallinckrodt and Questcor Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Mallinckrodt will acquire Questcor in a transaction valued at approximately $5.6 billion. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction currently is expected to be completed in the third calendar-quarter of 2014.

April 7, 2014

McKesson on Monday announced that the results of the initial acceptance period of the voluntary public takeover offer for the remaining shares of Celesio AG have been published.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Monday announced that the results of the initial acceptance period of the voluntary public takeover offer for the remaining shares of Celesio AG have been published. 

McKesson now owns 75.7% of Celesio shares on a fully diluted basis.

Shareholders who did not tender their Celesio shares into the takeover offer during the initial acceptance period may tender their shares within the additional two-week acceptance period. The additional two-week acceptance period will begin on April 8 and will expire on April 22.

April 7, 2014

OncologyRx Care Advantage, McKesson Specialty Health’s oral oncology products specialty pharmacy, on Monday announced that they have assisted under-insured patients in obtaining $40 million in financial assistance by helping them access financial assistance programs.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — OncologyRx Care Advantage, McKesson Specialty Health’s oral oncology products specialty pharmacy, on Monday announced that they have assisted under-insured patients in obtaining $40 million in financial assistance by helping them access financial assistance programs.

“Without this financial support, most of these patients simply would not be able to obtain the medication they need to continue treatment," said Larry Whisenant, director of Specialty Pharmacy Operations, OncologyRx Care Advantage. 

April 7, 2014

Registration is now open for McKesson ideaShare 2014, McKesson’s annual education and networking event for independent pharmacy owners from across the nation.

SAN FRANCISCO — Registration is now open for McKesson ideaShare 2014, McKesson’s annual education and networking event for independent pharmacy owners from across the nation. This year’s conference will take place July 20–24, 2014, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. For more than three decades, McKesson’s annual trade show and conference has provided opportunities for attendees to share best practices and learn about the latest trends, technology and clinical solutions to help them better serve their patients and achieve better pharmacy health.

April 7, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a written statement in lead-up to Monday’s hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health urging transparency in how federal agencies conduct enforcement activities to help curb prescription drug diversion and abuse.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a written statement in lead-up to Monday’s hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health urging transparency in how federal agencies conduct enforcement activities to help curb prescription drug diversion and abuse.

The hearing is titled “Improving Predictability and Transparency in DEA and FDA Regulation.”  

April 7, 2014

With its 2014 Miracle Balloon campaign now underway in stores nationwide, Rite Aid begins its 20th year of partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the company announced Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — With its 2014 Miracle Balloon campaign now underway in stores nationwide, Rite Aid begins its 20th year of partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the company announced Monday. Since becoming a partner in 1994, Rite Aid associates have helped raise more than $64 million for the organization.

April 7, 2014

Rite Aid on Monday announced that David Abelman, a retail veteran with more than 25 years’ experience, is joining the company as SVP brand development and innovation. His appointment is effective immediately.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Monday announced that David Abelman, a retail veteran with more than 25 years’ experience, is joining the company as SVP brand development and innovation. His appointment is effective immediately.

In this newly created position, Abelman will be responsible for overseeing the continued development of Rite Aid brand products as well as identifying and implementing new innovations to enhance and grow Rite Aid’s business. He will report to Ken Martindale, Rite Aid’s president and COO.

April 7, 2014

Sun Pharma on Sunday announced it will acquire 100% of Ranbaxy in an all-stock transaction valued at $4 billion.

MUMBAI, India — Sun Pharma on Sunday announced it will acquire 100% of Ranbaxy in an all-stock transaction valued at $4 billion. 

The combination of Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy creates the fifth-largest specialty generics company in the world and the largest pharmaceutical company in India, Sun Pharma stated. The combined entity will have operations in 65 countries, 47 manufacturing facilities across five continents, and a significant platform of specialty and generic products marketed globally, including 629 abbreviated new drug applications. 

April 7, 2014

Meijer on Monday announced that it has selected U.S. Vision as its exclusive vision center in its stores moving forward in an effort to enhance its retail healthcare services across the Midwest.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer on Monday announced that it has selected U.S. Vision as its exclusive vision center in its stores moving forward in an effort to enhance its retail healthcare services across the Midwest.

U.S. Vision, a separately owned and operated company based in Glendora, N.J., is currently a tenant in 50 Meijer stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, and has plans to open 19 more vision centers in Meijer stores this year. All of its vision centers will be renamed “Meijer Optical” by the end of the month.

April 4, 2014

CandyRific, a supplier of candy and novely products that utilize popular licensed brands, has expanded its license with Warner Bros. to create two novelty items.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — CandyRific, a supplier of candy and novely products that utilize popular licensed brands, has expanded its license with Warner Bros. to create two novelty items — Marvel Avengers Shield Candy Fan and Marvel Avengers Light & Sound Hammer.

April 4, 2014

Throughout April, more than 11,000 Dollar General retail locations across the country will collect donations to benefit Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization.

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Throughout April, more than 11,000 Dollar General retail locations across the country will collect donations to benefit Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization.

April 4, 2014

Food Marketing Institute and Matrix Group, a digital agency specializing in e-marketing, announced the release of a new animated video as part of the trade association’s "Supermarket Facts Video Series."

ARLINGTON, Va. — Food Marketing Institute and Matrix Group, a digital agency specializing in e-marketing, on Thursday announced the release of a new animated video as part of the trade association’s "Supermarket Facts Video Series."

With two-thirds of American shoppers believing that their food choices are an important factor affecting their health, supermarkets are hiring an increasing number of registered dietitians to help them make healthy decisions.