FDA approves first generic versions of Levaquin
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first generic versions of an antibiotic designed to treat certain infections in people ages 18 years and older.
Generic tablet, oral solution, and injectable solution dosage forms of levofloxacin have been approved, the FDA said. Levofloxacin is used to treat mild, moderate, or severe bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, and prostate caused by specific germs. It also is used to treat certain bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia, and to treat those exposed to inhalational anthrax.
Levofloxacin is a generic version of Levaquin, which is marketed by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The following 12 manufacturer’s applications for generic Lexaquin have been approved:
Dr. Reddy’s Labs;
Torrent Pharmaceuticals; and
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NACDS gears up for 2011 Marketplace Conference
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores once again is offering retailers and suppliers the opportunity to meet and work together to bring new, innovative products to market.
NACDS’ 2011 Marketplace Conference will unite industry leaders from drug, food, mass, dollar and specialty retail at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from June 25 to 28.
This year’s conference will host the cornerstone program "Meet the Market," which pairs targeted suppliers and manufacturers with corresponding retailers for personalized appointments. More than 8,000 appointments are expected to be conducted during this one-day program, NACDS said.
Additional programs include “Meet the Retailer/How to Do Business With …” sessions, a seminar hosted by NACDS and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and more.
In an effort to enhance attendees’ efficiency and experience, the group recently launched its 2011 Marketplace Web-based mobile application, which can be accessed at m.NACDS.org.
“The NACDS Marketplace Conference is the place for industry leaders to come together to develop key relationships that can further enhance their businesses,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “Retailers and suppliers will find opportunities that will not only take place during this four-day conference, but will extend well beyond as they return to their businesses and conduct their day-to-day operations.”
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FDA unveils final cigarette warning labels
WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday morning unveiled the nine graphic health warnings mandated by the Food and Drug Administration to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the United States and in every cigarette advertisement.
The warnings represent the most significant changes to cigarette labels in more than 25 years and will affect everything from packaging to advertisements. The warnings are required to be placed on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads no later than September 2012.
“These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking, and they will help,” HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “These labels will encourage smokers to quit and [will] prevent children from smoking.”
Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States, responsible for 443,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco-related illnesses cost nearly $200 billion every year in medical costs and lost productivity.
The FDA selected nine images from the originally proposed 36 after reviewing the relevant scientific literature, analyzing the results from an 18,000-person study and considering more than 1,700 comments from a variety of groups, including the tobacco industry, retailers, health professionals, public health and other advocacy groups, academics, state and local public health agencies, medical organizations and individual consumers.
For more information on graphic warning labels and high-resolution images, visit FDA.gov/CigaretteWarnings.
Some say banning smoking is the main solution for the growing number of smokers. I agree with the idea. But I think the government still consider the tobacco industry, as this is not just about public health, this is also about business. I guess, the purpose of this new labeling is just to lessen the mounting smokers, I guess so. On the other hand, many companies are not in favor with the idea. 4 of the U.S.'s five tobacco giants sued the federal government August 16 over graphic images on cigarette packaging required by the FDA starting next year.The lawsuit alleges the requirement violates the industry's first amendment rights. Source of article: Tobacco market sues the united states government over graphic warning labels.