PHARMACY

Dr. Reddy’s launches generic version of Plavix

BY Alaric DeArment

HYDERABAD, India — Generic drug maker Dr. Reddy’s Labs has launched a generic version of a drug used to prevent clotting of the blood.

Dr. Reddy’s announced Friday the launch of clopidogrel tablets in the 75-mg and 300-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Plavix, made by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi. As one of the first companies to submit a completed regulatory application for the 300 mg strength of the drug, Dr. Reddy’s received 180 days of market exclusivity for it.

Plavix had sales of $6.74 billion during the 12-month period ended in March, according to IMS Health.


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Mylan sponsors Drug Store News and Pharmacist Society to provide a new business networking platform for pharmacy schools and students

BY Drug Store News Team

PITTSBURGH and NEW YORK — The Drug Store News Group, the Pharmacist Society and Mylan Inc., one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies, are pleased to announce an exclusive sponsorship to expand membership opportunities at PharmacistSociety.com — an online forum that supports and enhances professional networks for U.S.-based retail pharmacists, professional organizations and pharmacy companies. Through Mylan’s sponsorship of this program, pharmacy schools and students now will be invited to join the site and connect with established industry participants. The Pharmacist Society offers free, members-only access, encouraging collaboration, communication and knowledge sharing within a pharmacy-specific network.

Wayne Bennett, publisher of The Drug Store News Group, said: “Pharmacists continue to play an increasingly important role in the health care equation. They are at the front line of delivery in terms of providing access to medicine, continuity of care, patient monitoring, and disease management. Through the Pharmacist Society, and Mylan’s sponsorship, we’re excited to open this online community to future U.S. pharmacists and provide students and university programs a chance to engage with the industry’s ongoing conversation.”

Tony Mauro, president of Mylan North America and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, said, “At Mylan, we are committed to setting new standards in health care and providing high quality medicine to the world’s 7 billion people. We believe pharmacists play a vital role in this mission. The Pharmacist Society provides access to a valuable network of resources that enhance the ability of pharmacists to do their jobs, and we are proud to support this important professional tool.”

Since its launch in 2011, the Pharmacist Society has grown to include 45,000 registered pharmacists, and the extension of the site’s membership to include the student and alumni bases of the nation’s 130 pharmacy schools and colleges represents an opportunity to further expand the site’s networking impact.

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Pharmacy Technician Certification Board touts telepharmacy

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Technology is helping pharmacies provide services to rural areas by allowing them to remotely monitor pharmacy technicians, according to the country’s largest organization that certifies pharmacy techs.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board said "telepharmacy" allows a pharmacy tech to be supervised remotely in real time by a pharmacist and prepare prescriptions. Boards of pharmacy in several states have begun adopting regulations that allow for telepharmacy, including those in Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Idaho, Utah and Hawaii.

"Telepharmacy expands patient access to pharmacy consultations and vital healthcare services in rural and medically underserved areas," PTCB executive director and CEO Everett McAllister said. "PTCB-certified pharmacy technicians play a significant role in this safe and cost-effective alternative, providing patients with maximum coverage."

Recently, the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy adopted regulations that allow state-licensed pharmacists to electronically supervise one pharmacy technician or pharmacy student in a licensed pharmacy at a medical facility in the state, with the techs performing typical duties, such as reviewing cart fills and filling automated dispensing cabinets with the pharmacist observing the procedures through a real-time audio, video or computer connection.


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