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Compounding pharmacies not under FDA jurisdictional authority, federal judge rules

BY Alaric DeArment

HOUSTON — A recent federal court ruling could have big implications for compounding pharmacies.

The case of US v. Franck’s Lab, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, concerned pharmacies that compound medications for animals. The Food and Drug Administration brought the case against Ocala, Fla., pharmacist Paul Franck, saying that the use of active pharmaceutical ingredients in compounding veterinary drugs for nonfood producing animals was illegal. But judge Timothy Corrigan disagreed, ruling that the Food and Drug Administration did not have jurisdictional authority over the compounding of medications by a licensed pharmacy as long as the pharmacy’s activities were not manufacturing. Rather, Corrigan ruled, that authority rests with individual state Boards of Pharmacy because Congress did not grant it to the FDA when it enacted the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.

"Not only does it clearly refute the FDA’s attempts to exert unauthorized jurisdiction over compounding; it is sharply critical of the FDA’s approach towards veterinary compounding in particular," International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists president John Herr said. "Judge Corrigan correctly ruled that Congress never intended the FDA to prohibit the use of APIs in veterinary compounding. He also clearly stated what IACP has said for years: The FDA does not have jurisdiction over the traditional practice of pharmacy compounding."

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FyrFlyz has world on a string

BY Allison Cerra

GREAT NECK, N.Y. — i-Star Entertainment has introduced FyrFlyz, a new bow-tie-shaped spinning toy on a string.

Featuring multicolored LED lights that spin while attached to a short string, FyrFlyz create unique lighted patterns and challenges kids ages 8 years and up to perform tricks, shows and expand their imagination, the company said. FyrFlyz, available in a variety of colors, is about 3 in. long and features an on/off switch.

FyrFlyz are available at such stores as CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, Toys "R" Us and other retailers for a suggested retail price of about $8.99.

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InformationWeek: Walgreens leads all retailers in utilizing technology

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced that it ranked 29th on this year’s InformationWeek 500, a list of the top technology innovators in the United States. Additionally, Walgreens was the highest-ranked company in the retail/general merchandising category. The annual list was unveiled at last night’s InformationWeek 500 conference in California.

Walmart was the only other mass retailer listed in the top 100 with its ranking of 63. Procter & Gamble (ranked No. 8) and Colgate-Palmolive (No. 50), were the only consumer packaged goods companies to crack the top 100.

This marks the first time that Walgreens has been ranked in the top 30 by the magazine; last year, it was ranked 153 overall and third among those in retail/general merchandising last year.

“This is great recognition for the innovative technology work we’ve done to position Walgreens at the forefront of the changing healthcare industry,” stated Tim Theriault, Walgreens chief information officer. “With an expanding suite of healthcare services, our IT organization is developing a platform for the future as part of Walgreens’ mission to be a leading destination for health and daily living needs.”

Walgreens’ IT team recently began Walgreens 2.0, a multiyear initiative to enhance the company’s technology infrastructure across multiple platforms, including its network of more than 7,700 stores. The project comprises several key components, including:

  • New data center — the new center will feature new technology and bring added capacity, Walgreens reported;

  • Scalable healthcare platform – connecting data across the Walgreens network that leverages new technology to support and further the company’s transformation as a health and daily living destination;

  • Next-generation store technology — new store applications, technology and point-of-sale systems to enhance customer service and the overall shopping experience for customers; and

  • Internal technology enhancements — email, Web conferencing and mobile upgrades to improve productivity and efficiency.

The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than identifying the largest IT spenders, Walgreens noted.

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