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FDA accepts application for Shionogi VVA treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application for a drug made by Shionogi for treating vulvar and vaginal atrophy due to menopause.

Shionogi, the U.S. division of Japanese drug maker Shionogi & Co., said Wednesday that the FDA had accepted for review its application for ospemifene, which the company touts as potentially the first oral alternative to vaginal estrogen treatments.

"Women spend more than a third of their lives in menopause, yet VVA is an underdiagnosed and underrated condition that significantly impacts the health and well-being of women," Shionogi president and CEO John Keller said.


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Reports: Diplomat CEO says ACA boosts healthcare access but doesn’t address waste

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — While saying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — whose constitutionality the Supreme Court largely upheld in a 5-4 decision Thursday — would be beneficial by creating a larger population of insured patients, the leader of one of the country’s largest specialty pharmacies said it didn’t address the problem of waste in health care, according to published reports.

MLive.com quoted Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy CEO Phil Hagerman as saying that a reversal of the law would result in more patients being unable to obtain care, but the law in its current form left out the need to address problems like inefficiencies and fraud.

Hagerman told the Michigan-based news site that the medical industry remained "behind" in the adoption of electronic medical records and predictive modeling.


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SC Johnson expands household brands portfolio with Space Bag

BY Allison Cerra

RACINE, Wis. — ITW’s global Space Bag brand now is part of SC Johnson.

SC Johnson said it agreed to acquire the space-saving storage brand and expects the deal to be finalized in next few months subject to U.S. regulatory clearances and currently is working on developing transition plans for the business. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We’re thrilled to add Space Bag to our family of long-respected, leading household brands," SC Johnson chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson said. "It will enable us to strengthen our home storage offerings and it’s a natural complement to our Ziploc brand business."

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