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FDA approves Aciphex Sprinkle capsules

BY Alaric DeArment

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment made by Eisai for gastroesophageal reflux disease in children ages 1 year to 11 years, the drug maker said.

Eisai announced the approval of Aciphex Sprinkle (rabeprazole sodium) delayed-release capsules.

"We are proud to offer a new treatment option for young children who suffer from GERD," Eisai president and CEO Lonnel Coats said. "Eisai is committed to keeping the medical needs of patients and their families at the forefront of all that we do as part of our human healthcare corporate mission."

 

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FDA approves injectable antihistamine using BD Simplist

BY Alaric DeArment

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug administered through a new line of injection devices made by BD, the company said Wednesday.

BD announced the approval of diphenhydramine hydrochloride injection, an antihistamine, packaged in its recently launched Simplist pre-filled injectables, which are made by subsidiary BD Rx and designed to improve patient care and safety by decreasing the number of steps in the traditional vial and syringe injection sequence and thus reduce the potential risk of medication errors.

"We have made a significant investment in [research and development] and manufacturing capabilities to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that combines drug formulation with our manufacturing expertise," BD EVP and COO William Kozy said. "BD is well-positioned and uniquely suited to take this next step based on our demonstrated, 12-year history of continuous, reliable supply of our Flush products and existing leadership position in prefillable syringe manufacturing."

The company said that while traditional injections require up to 20 steps on the part of the physician, the Simplist requires about 12, in addition to featuring easy-to-read labels, bar-coding for easy identification and individually packaged, prefilled syringes.

 

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McKesson EnterpriseRx system enables mobile communication

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Pharmacies using McKesson EnterpriseRx pharmacy-management system can send patients information about health clinics, drug recalls, coupons and real-time surveys through their mobile phones using an integrated mobile communication system.

Mscripts said Wednesday that its pre-built integration with EnterpriseRx would allow pharmacists to implement quickly and cost-effectively, communicating with patients through two-way, interactive SMS text messaging and mobile applications on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone devices.

Other features of the app allow patients to refill prescriptions, receive pickup and dosage reminders and get a complete view of their health information, as well as store maps and locators, a way to track refill requests placed via mobile and refill reminders.

 

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