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Diabetes Advocacy Alliance to raise awareness of potential diabetes epidemic

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — With the number of Americans with diabetes set to rise to 50 million by 2025, educating people is one of the most important steps for heading off the epidemic.

The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance will sponsor a briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Room 340-B to address the distinction between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, sometimes called juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disorder that accounts for about 5% of those diagnosed, while Type 2 is connected to such lifestyle choices as diet and physical activity.

Other topics to be addressed will include the escalating prevalence of the disease and costs associated with it, as well as ways to help people with prediabetes delay or prevent a full-blown Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

According to the Institute for Alternative Futures, the number of people with diabetes will increase by 64%, costing the healthcare system more than $500 billion. The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a group of 13 organizations that seek to change how policymakers and others perceive and approach the problem of diabetes in the United States. It includes the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Novo Nordisk and others.

“Diabetes is a huge and growing problem,” DAA co-chairwoman and AADE chief advocacy officer Martha Rinker said. “In many ways, diabetes is bigger than all of us. That’s one of the primary reasons why this broad coalition of organizations has come together, and one of the reasons we believe it is critical to inform policymakers about the human and economic impact.”

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Consulting firm taps drug store vet Burnside

BY Allison Cerra

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Former Medicine Shoppe president and Longs Drug veteran Terry Burnside has joined D2 Pharma Consulting as senior consultant for executive management/strategic planning.

While at Medicine Shoppe, Burnside was credited with having led the development of national chain-like programs and services for the company’s small, independent drug store operators, and introduced an overhaul of the company’s franchise agreement for existing and new owners.

Prior to that, Burnside served in a variety of roles of increased responsibility over a 10-year stretch at Longs, including VP merchandising, SVP marketing and COO.

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Sandoz gets OK for generic Yaz

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic oral contraceptive made by Sandoz, the generics arm of Swiss drug maker Novartis said Wednesday.

Sandoz announced the approval of Loryna (drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg) tablets, a generic version of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals’ Yaz.

Sandoz is the second company to launch a generic version of Yaz. The company’s portfolio of generic oral contraceptives also includes Altavera (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) tablets, a generic version of Duramed’s Nordette; and Introvale (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) tablets, a generic version of Duramed’s Seasonale.

Branded and generic versions of Yaz had about $578 million in sales during the 12 months ended in February, according to IMS Health.

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