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Decision Resources: Bydureon could promote weight loss among patients

BY Alaric DeArment

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Eli Lilly’s and Amylin Pharmaceuticals’ Type 2 diabetes drug, Bydureon, appears to work better at promoting weight loss than drugs made by Takeda and Merck, but it could face a challenger of its own.

Market research firm Decision Resources found that while Lilly’s and Amylin’s Bydureon (exenatide) was better able to promote weight loss among patients than Takeda’s Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) and Merck’s Januvia (sitagliptin), Bristol-Myers Squibb’s and AstraZeneca’s investigative drug dapagliflozin could challenge Bydureon in this aspect as well.

Decision Resources said the Type 2 diabetes market would experience strong growth over the next decade, increasing from $20.5 billion in 2009 to $36 billion in 2019 in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan.

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PhRMA: Nearly 300 preventive medicines for heart disease, stroke in development

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — A new report developed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America revealed that nearly 300 heart disease and stroke medicines are in development.

PhRMA said that while 299 medicines are in development by the nation’s biopharmaceutical companies, there is a growing need for such drugs; African-Americans have a 1.5 times greater rate of heart disease death than other Americans and a 1.8 times greater rate of fatal stroke.

“Medicines developed for cardiovascular health over the last three decades are in large measure responsible for preventing more than [one] million American deaths a year,” PhRMA president and CEO John Castellani said. “We have made and continue to make great progress in treating cardiovascular disease, but we also urge all Americans to take every precaution available to prevent it.”

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CPF adds member to board of directors

BY Allison Cerra

STOUGHTON, Wis. — The Community Pharmacy Foundation has appointed a new member to its board.

Randall Myers, a Carey, Ohio-based pharmacist who owns Harry’s Pharmacy, joined CPF, which provides support funding for projects associated with community pharmacies in which pharmacists desire to advance their scope of services to assist patients with their disease state management and medication therapy management needs.

Myers is a 1982 graduate of Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. He has received numerous professional recognitions, such as the AmerisourceBergen Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pharmacist of the Year, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Community/Ambulatory Practice from the American Pharmacists Association in 2007 and the National Community Pharmacists Association Prescription Drug Safety Award the same year.

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