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Impax launches generic Avodart

The drug, according to IMS Health data for the 12 months eneding Sept. 2015, had combined brand and generic sales of $457 million. 

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Report: Pfizer could split new company after Allergan merger

Following Monday’s announcement that Pfizer would be merging with Ireland-based company Allergan, some analysts are predicting that Pfizer would split the combined company following the $160 billion deal, Reuters reported. According to the report, the split would likely divide the company’s established products (i.e., generics) unit and its innovative medicines unit, composed of drugs that are still patent-protected. (Reuters)

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NYT: States lead charge in pharmacists prescribing birth control

Earlier this year, California and Oregon passed laws allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control to patients. As the measure is set to roll out in the first half of 2016, the New York Times has reported on the growing trend of states allowing pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives, noting its potential impact on medically underserved populations. “I feel strongly that this is what’s best for women’s health in the 21st century, and I also feel it will have repercussions for decreasing poverty because one of the key things for women in poverty is unintended pregnancy,” Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler, the Republican who sponsored Oregon’s law, told NYT. (New York Times)