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APhA Foundation, NASPA honor Utah, Ohio pharmacists

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Pharmacists in Utah and Ohio have won the 2011 Bowl of Hygeia awards from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, the two organizations announced.

The APhA Foundation and NASPA announced that the Utah Pharmacists Association had given the award to Kathy Goodfellow, owner of Mountain View Pharmacy in Bountiful, Utah, and that the Ohio Pharmacists Association had given it to Mark Dominik of St. Mary’s, Ohio.

The Bowl of Hygeia Award was established in 1958 to recognize pharmacists throughout the country — including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — who are seen as possessing outstanding records of civil leadership in their communities. The Bowl of Hygeia, which consists of a bowl on a stem with a snake coiled around it, is an internationally recognized symbol of pharmacy first used by pharmacists in Paris in 1796.

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Watson’s generic Concerta enters market

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Watson Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of a Johnson & Johnson drug for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder through a subsidiary, Watson said Monday.

Watson announced the launch by Watson Labs of methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets under an agreement with J&J subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen.

The drug is an authorized generic version of Concerta, used to treat ADHD in patients ages 6 to 65 years. Concerta had sales of $1.5 billion during the 12-month period ended in February, according to IMS Health.

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FDA approves Abbott’s AndroGel

BY Alaric DeArment

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment made by Abbott for low testosterone in men, the drug maker said Friday.

Abbott announced the approval of AndroGel (testosterone gel) in the 1.62% strength, a clear, odorless topical gel for men with hypogonadism. The company already markets AndroGel in the 1% strength.

The new gel contains 40.5 mg of testosterone in two pump presses, while AndroGel 1% contains 50 mg in four pump presses, but the company said the two were not interchangeable.

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