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FDA approves Aurobindo’s Renvela generic

BY David Salazar

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. — Aurobindo Pharma USA on Monday announced that its had received Food and Drug Administration approval for its generic of Genzyme’s Renvela (sevelamer carbonate for oral suspension).

The drug is indicated for the control of serum phosphorus in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Aurobindo’s generic will be available in 08.- and 2.4-g pouches. The drug had a market size of $139.9 million for the 12 months ended April 2017, according to QuintilesIMS data.

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Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS teams on free testing for 7th straight year

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are teaming up for the seventh straight year with health departments and local AIDS service organizations to offer free HIV testing and counseling about prevention strategies, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, as part of a National HIV Testing Day effort.

“We know more about preventing and treating HIV than ever before,” stated Tina Hoff, SVP and director, health communication and media partnerships, Kaiser Family Foundation, which directs Greater Than AIDS. “The first step is knowing your status. This collaboration normalizes HIV testing as part of everyday life, while educating communities about the latest advances.”

Testing will be available at more than 220 participating Walgreens stores in 130 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans and Memphis, among other cities, on June 27 and 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time) both days. Results are provided on site by trained counselors. Alere North America, bioLytical Laboratories and OraSure have donated test kits for the activation.

PrEP, a medication available by prescription, offers another effective means of protection for those without HIV. In addition, antiretrovirals, the medications used to treat HIV in addition to improving health, are now known to help stop the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends HIV testing as part of routine health care.

“With early diagnosis and treatment, someone with HIV can live a healthy normal lifespan,” said Glen Pietrandoni, senior director of virology at Walgreens. “It’s very important to take control of your health by getting a test and learning your status. Results are provided within minutes, on-site by trained counselors.”

 

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Amneal’s Zetia generic gets launch

BY David Salazar

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced the introduction of its generic of Zetia (ezetimibe) tablets.

Amneal’s generic will be available in 10-mg dosage strength. The company is distributing the generic in 30-, 90- and 500-count bottle sizes, and has begun shipping the product from its Kentucky distribution center.

Zetia had annual U.S. sales of approximately $2.7 billion for the 12 months ended April 2017, according to QunitilesIMS data.

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