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CVS handles back-end functions as Pfizer sells Viagra online

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Pfizer is attempting to stem the rise of counterfeit medicines by selling one of its most popular drugs — and one of the most popular targets for counterfeiters — online.

The drug maker announced that it had launched Viagra (sildenafil citrate) home delivery, a prescription-fulfillment website for the drug, which is powered by CVS/pharmacy and accessible through Viagra.com.

"Through our ongoing analyses, we’ve seen how fake pharmacy websites can lure consumers into buying counterfeit medicines with what seems to be an easy purchase experience, but it may be putting their health at risk," National Association of Boards of Pharmacy executive director Carmen Catizone said. "We’re pleased to see companies collaborating to develop and support solutions that will help patients obtain legitimate prescription medications online."

With the website, men with prescriptions for Viagra can submit it through the website, while CVS will handle the back-end functions, including authentication.

Pfizer noted that there are almost 24 million searches for Viagra online every year, but a review by the NABP of more than 10,000 online pharmacies found that 97% of them were illegitimate. In response, the organization and government agencies have sought means of stemming the spread of the illegal pharmacies. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration launched BeSafeRx, an interactive online map that helps users distinguish legitimate online pharmacies from fake ones, while the NABP has proposed a ".pharmacy" top-level domain reserved for the websites of licensed online pharmacies. The FDA, NABP and others have warned that consumers who purchase drugs from illegitimate online pharmacies may be putting themselves at risk of using drugs that are contaminated, counterfeit, adulterated or expired.

 

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Pregnant women shouldn’t use valproate drugs to prevent migraines, FDA warns

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Pregnant women should not use migraine-prevention medications containing valproate sodium due to a higher risk of decreased IQ scores in children, the Food and Drug Administration warned Monday.

In addition to being used to prevent migraines, valproate drugs are used for treating epilepsy and bipolar disorder and include related drugs such as divalproex sodium and valproic acid. Most are available in generic form as well as under brand names like AbbVie’s Depacon and Depakote and others.

Drugs containing the drug already have a boxed warning — the strongest FDA-mandated warning on a drug label — for risks to unborn fetuses, including birth defects, but the latest warning is based on a recent study tying use of the drugs to lower IQ scores in children, the FDA said.

 

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C.Bostic says:
May-07-2013 07:23 am

If it is very dangerous for pregnant women, then why are not banned this drug. sweaty armpits

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Harris Teeter raises more than $340,000 for JDRF

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Monday donated more than $340,000 to JDRF, made possible thanks to contributions from Harris Teeter customers during the company’s recent point-of-purchase campaign.

Harris Teeter hosted the point of purchase donation card campaign in March, during which time Harris Teeter customers were invited to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to JDRF at checkout.  

“Harris Teeter customers continue to show their generosity to our nonprofit partners,” stated Catherine Becker, communication manager for Harris Teeter, “and we appreciate their overwhelming support of JDRF.”

In addition to the donation from the point of purchase donation card campaign, Harris Teeter also is sponsoring the upcoming Harris Teeter Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Greater Western Carolinas Chapter of JDRF on May 8, 2013 here. For more than 10 years, Harris Teeter has been a sponsor of the golf classic and in that time, the Greater Western Carolinas Chapter of JDRF has generated more than $900,000 for T1D research from the golf tournament.

A public "Thank you" video from Harris Teeter can be found here. 

 

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