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Enzyme may aid in detecting diabetes

BY Allison Cerra

BALTIMORE An enzyme produced by the body may make it easier to detect diabetes, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The research, published in Diabetes, examined a sugar, known as O-GlcNAc, which plays an important role in the development of insulin resistance and glucose toxicity, the researchers said. The researchers also examined an enzyme called O-GlcNAcase, which removes O-GlcNAc from O-GlcNAcylated proteins, and found elevated levels of the enzyme in those with diabetes and prediabetes than in controls with no disease.

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Roxane launches generic Amerge, Arimidex

BY Alaric DeArment

COLUMBUS, Ohio Roxane Labs announced Thursday the launch of two new generic drugs.

 

The Columbus, Ohio-based generics subsidiary of German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim, launched naratriptan tablets in the 1-mg and 2.5-mg strengths, and anastrozole tablets in the 1-mg strength.

 

 

Naratriptan tablets are used to treat acute migraine and are a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Amerge, which had annual sales of around $60.2 million, according to IMS Health. Anastrozole is used to treat postmenopausal women with breast cancer and is a generic version of AstraZeneca’s Arimidex, which had annual sales of around $916.8 million.

 

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Navarro Discount Pharmacies unveils revamped flagship store

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI The largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain recently reopened its renovated flagship store.

Navarro Discount Pharmacies said the store — located on SW 8th Street in Miami — opened in 1961 as El Nacional Drug Store. Hundreds of customers attended the reopening, held June 24, along with City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and the entire City of Miami Commission, local business owners and residents. 

The renovation of the 10,000-sq.-ft. store includes a new merchandise layout, new colors, enhanced signage and such improved services for customers as a pediatric pharmacy for busy parents, free compounding pharmacy services, a free Diabetes Club for adults and children with diabetes and free prescription delivery for all customers.

Other stores in the Miami chain will undergo the same renovations and enhanced services, Navarro said.

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