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.

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.

March 17, 2014

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Pfizer announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved a supplemental new drug application for Eliquis (apixaban). The drug is a preventive treatment for deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to pulmonary embolism for patients who have had hip or knee replacement surgery.

March 13, 2014

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

March 7, 2014

It's finally happening. Pfizer has placed the ball at the line of scrimmage. And based on the X's and O's to come out of its Lipitor OTC actual-use study, Pfizer will be making its run with its eye on the ultimate prize — a successful Rx-to-OTC switch of a statin. Only this time, the Food and Drug Administration may not be as quick to sack Pfizer's switch attempt. With the advances and pervasion of health technology in the self-care space by way of smartphones and tablets; with the evolution of the pharmacist as a healthcare professional able to practice at the top of their license; and with the adoption of diagnostic tests like a cholesterol panel that can be physically administered in the pharmacy, consumers may finally get it right when self-selecting a statin. Because it's the consumer actual-use studies that have scuttled just about every statin switch attempt in the past. In the last switch of Mevacor, FDA advisory panelists determined the statin was safe enough for the self-care space. And it was effective. It's just that the consumers who would be right for an OTC statin didn't appropriately self-select. And if they can't appropriately self-select, what's the point, really?

March 6, 2014

Lupin on Thursday announced that it received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for both its doxycycline capsules and its ciprofloxacin for oral suspension.

March 6, 2014

McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Wednesday introduced a new form to the Zyrtec portfolio of allergy-relief products — an oral, dissolvable tablet.

March 5, 2014

Most people who abuse prescription opioid drugs get them for free from a friend or relative — but those at highest risk of overdose are as likely to get them from a doctor’s prescription, Centers for Disease Control researchers reported Monday in a research letter, “Sources of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers by Frequency of Past-Year Nonmedical Use: United States, 2008-2011,” in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

March 5, 2014

In what could turn into a significant change of how retail pharmacy supplies hydrocodone combination products, the Drug Enforcement Administration last week published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to move HCPs from Schedule III to Schedule II, as recommended by the assistant secretary for health of the Department of Health and Human Services and as supported by the DEA’s evaluation of relevant data.

March 5, 2014

Dr. Reddy's Labs announced the launch of moxifloxacin hydrochloride tablets — the generic version of Avelox tablets — in 400-mg form.

March 4, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that it received approval for generic Evista (raloxifene) tablets, 60-mg, in the United States.

March 3, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced the launch of Adasuve (loxapine) inhalation powder in a 10-mg dosage. The drug is the first and only orally inhaled medicine for the acute treatment of agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in adults.

March 3, 2014

Pfizer is recruiting for a 1,200-patient actual use study to measure whether or not patients can appropriately self-select treating high cholesterol with the statin Lipitor, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

February 24, 2014

Concurrent opioid prescribing by multiple providers is common in Medicare patients and is associated with higher rates of hospital admission related to opioid use, according to a study published last week in BMJ.

February 20, 2014

Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets, which are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults and adolescents.

February 20, 2014

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy has teamed up with Prilosec OTC to show racing fans that “You Can’t Beat Zero” by offering them great “Zero Experiences” at two top stock car races and a chance at winning Prilosec OTC’s hottest wheels: a “monster” utility vehicle.

February 20, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals announced the introduction of moxifloxacin hydrochloride tablets, the generic equivalent to Avelox tablets.

February 18, 2014

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries announced that the Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval for its generic version of Temodar temozolomide capsules in 5-mg, 20-mg, 100-mg 140-mg, 180-mg and 250-mg form.

February 13, 2014

After meeting for two days earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration's Arthritis Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee voted 16-9 against changing the label of naproxen to highlight a lower cardiovascular risk profile as compared to other NSAIDs, according to published reports.

February 12, 2014

Mallinckrodt and Cadence Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt will commence a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Cadence Pharmaceuticals for $14.00 per share in cash.

February 7, 2014

The January/February 2014 Vitamins and Supplements Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Vitamints Immune, Centrum Specialist Immune Support, Alive! Children's Multi-Vitamin Gummy, Natrol's Melatonin, VitaMelts Multi, TruBiotics, Align and Culturelle Digestive Health Capsules.

January 24, 2014

Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., a specialty pharmaceuticals company, announced that it was granted final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for bromfenac ophthalmic solution 0.09% (once-a-day).

January 24, 2014

Perrigo announced that it received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for repaglinide tablets — a generic version of Prandin tablets.

January 23, 2014

Assembly Member Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, introduced legislation that would authorize a pharmacist to dispense the narcotic antagonist naloxone hydrochloride without a prescription in California.