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Cough, Cold and Flu Relief

BY DSN STAFF

The winter 2011 Cough, Cold and Flu Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, active ingredients, purpose and dosage of such allopathic and homeopathic OTC aids as Mucinex, DayQuil, Coricidin HBP, Advil Cold and Sinus, Theraflu, Delsym, Oscillococcinum, Hyland’s Defend and Zicam.

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Coria launches Acanya Gel pump

BY Alaric DeArment

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — A drug made by Coria Labs for treating acne now is available in a convenient, ready-to-use pump, the drug maker said Monday.

Coria announced the availability of the Acanya Gel (clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide) pump in the 1.2%/2.5% strength for acne vulgarism.

The drug is the only Food and Drug Administration-approved once-daily combination of an antibiotic and benzoyl peroxide for treating inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne, the company said.


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FDA approves generic versions of Zyprexa

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of two drugs made by Eli Lilly for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the agency said Monday.

The FDA announced the approval of generic olanzapine tablets and olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets, respectively generic versions of Lilly’s Zyprexa and Zyprexa Zydus. Dr. Reddy’s Labs and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA will manufacture olanzapine tablets, while Dr. Reddy’s, Apotex and Par Pharmaceuticals will manufacture the orally disintegrating version.

"The approval of generic olanzapine offers greater access to a widely used treatment for mental illness," FDA Office of Pharmaceutical Science deputy director Keith Webber said. "Having affordable treatment options is good for patients with long-term illnesses that must be carefully managed."

On Thursday, Prasco Labs announced that it would partner with Lilly to make authorized generic versions of Zyprexa and Zyprexa Zydus, scheduled to launch at the same time as the generic versions. An authorized generic drug is the branded drug marketed under its generic name at a reduced price.


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