June 23, 2014

Lupin Pharmaceuticals last week announced the launch of ciprofloxacin oral suspension in 5 g/100 mL (250 mg/5 mL) and 10 g/100 mL (500 mg/5 mL) dosage strengths.

June 20, 2014

In an effort to address opioid drug abuse, governors of five New England states convened for a summit on Monday, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy stated.

June 20, 2014

Teva has reached a settlement with Perrigo Pharmaceutical and Catalent Pharma Solutions with respect to four patents for Teva’s ProAir HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation aerosol product.

June 18, 2014

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare recently introduced a new form to the Zyrtec portfolio of allergy-relief products — an oral, dissolvable tablet. Delivering the same effective 24-hour relief, Zyrtec Dissolve Tabs contains 10 mg of citrus-flavored cetirizine that melts in the mouth.

June 18, 2014

There’s a lot happening in the allergy space right now. Chattem’s Nasacort Allergy 24HR recently hit store shelves, and in a little more than 10 weeks on the shelf the nasal corticosteroid has already generated $33.6 million in sales across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

June 17, 2014

As the heroin and opioid epidemic spreads through communities across the United States, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will hold a forum on Wednesday to discuss opioid addiction, focusing on the use of buprenorphine to help combat opioid abuse and the obstacles that have prevented even more patients from getting buprenorphine treatment. 


June 9, 2014

BioDelivery Sciences International on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved its new drug application for Bunavail (buprenorphine and naloxone) buccal film (CIII).

May 29, 2014

Depomed on Wednesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has accepted for filing a new drug application from Mallinckrodt for MNK-155.

May 29, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals announced the introduction and availability of dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release capsules, CII, in 15 mg and 30 mg strengths.

May 28, 2014

Actavis on Tuesday confirmed that it has filed an abbreviated new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration seeking approval to market saxagliptin hydrochloride tablets, 2.5 mg and 5 mg.

May 27, 2014

Aurobindo Pharma on May 15 gained approval to produce a generic version of olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets in 5-mg, 10-mg, 15-mg and 20-mg strengths.

May 27, 2014

Pfizer on Tuesday announced the introduction in the United States of over-the-counter Nexium 24HR, making the "Purple Pill" available for the treatment of frequent heartburn in adults.

May 27, 2014

The May/June 2014 Skin & Itch Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of AmLactin Cerapeutic Restoring, Cetaphil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring, Olay Advanced Healing Intensive, Curél Intesive Healing, Nivea Extended Moisture, Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-itch, Extra Strength Benadryl Itch Stopping and Corizone 10 Anti-itch Ultra Moisturing Creme Plus.

May 22, 2014

Prasco Labs on Thursday announced it has entered into a distribution and supply agreement with Recordati Rare Diseases for the rights to distribute ibuprofen lysine injection, the authorized generic version of NeoProfen (ibuprofen lysine).

May 22, 2014

Publix Pharmacy on Thursday announced it will offer free 30-day supplies of amlodipine to customers with a prescription for the medication.

May 16, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced it required Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of the sleep drug Lunesta (eszopiclone), to change the drug label and lower the current recommended starting dose.

May 15, 2014

Actavis has reached an agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals to continue supplying the authorized generic version of Janssen's Concerta (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets), the company announced.

May 14, 2014

Actavis on Tuesday announced that it has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration on its abbreviated new drug application for a generic version of Mallinckrodt's Exalgo (hydromorphone hydrochloride extended-release tablets 8 mg, 12 mg and 16 mg).

May 14, 2014

Mylan on Wednesday announced that it has launched olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets in 5-mg, 10-mg, 15-mg and 20-mg strengths. The drug is the generic version of Zyprexa Zydis tablets from Eli Lilly and Co.

May 13, 2014

Valeant Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that certain of its subsidiaries have entered into settlement agreements with Actavis related to Actavis' generic versions of Tiazac XC.

May 9, 2014

Ajanta Pharma USA on Friday announced the launch of risperidone tablets (0.25-mg, 0.5-mg, 1-mg, 2-mg, 3-mg and 4-mg), the generic version of Risperdal.

May 9, 2014

Bayer agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion. The OTC acquisition will give Bayer the global No. 2 position in nonprescription products following recently announced consolidations in this growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck's consumer care business includes such leading brands as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to $7.4 billion with Merck’s business contributing approximately $2.2 billion.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Bayer is expected to achieve global leadership positions in dermatology and gastrointestinals and advance to the No. 2 position in the cold, allergy, sinus and flu category. Bayer will remain No. 2 in nutritionals and No. 3 in analgesics. Overall, the proposed GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis combination represents the largest consumer health business with about 5.7% share, according to reports. The Bayer/Merck combination comes in second with around 4.5% share. McNeil Consumer rounds out the top three globally with a share just above 4%.

May 9, 2014

One thing remains unchanged about our nurse practitioner and physician assistant readers: Retail clinicians tend to love their jobs.