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Alimera reports positive results of phase-3 study for Iluvien

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — A drug designed to treat an eye condition caused by diabetes may provide a long-term option for patients, according to Alimera Sciences.

Alimera said in two three-year, phase-3 pivotal clinical trials — collectively known as the FAME Study — of Iluvien, which is designed to treat diabetic macular edema, the drug improved visual acuity among patients.

"This consistent response rate at month 24 and month 36, with a peak rate of 31.4% in month 30, is encouraging, and we believe demonstrates that Iluvien can provide a long-term option for the treatment of DME for up to three years," said Dan Myers, president and CEO of Alimera Sciences.

Alimera said the company will submit the data to the Food and Drug Administration, following a complete response letter it received from the agency in December 2010.

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Generics, specialty drugs drive AmerisourceBergen’s Q1

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Friday reported revenue of $19.9 billion, up 2.9%, for the first quarter ended Dec. 31.

"In the December quarter, we delivered outstanding performance on top of exceptional performance last year,” stated David Yost, AmerisourceBergen CEO. “We had strong results in all of our business units, we benefited from successful generic drug launches and we continued to demonstrate expense and working capital discipline,” he said. "Our balance sheet remains strong, and we continue to have excellent financial flexibility. We are off to a solid start for the fiscal year, demonstrating the strength of our two growth drivers — generics and specialty pharmaceuticals."

AmerisourceBergen reaffirmed its expectations for fiscal year 2011 diluted earnings per share in the range of $2.31 to $2.41.

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Village Fertility Pharmacy promotes its Web-based forum with campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

WALTHAM, Mass. — A specialty pharmacy focused on infertility is sponsoring a giveaway campaign to attract patients to its Web-based forum.

Village Fertility Pharmacy announced Thursday that users of its Village Voices site, an online forum and repository for infertility patients to post stories and share experiences launched in late 2010, will be eligible to win weekly giveaways through the month of February. Any user who submits a story or comments on a story will be entered to win a $30 gift card for use at the pharmacy.

“As a pharmacy staff that has worked with fertility patients for 25 years, we know how lonely the journey can be and how important it is for patients to hear — and become inspired by — other people’s fertility stories,” Village Fertility Pharmacy pharmacist and co-founder Stuart Levine said.

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