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FDA approves Mylan epilepsy drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for epilepsy made by Mylan, the drug maker said.

The FDA approved Mylan’s levetiracetam extended-release tablets in the 500-mg and 750-mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of UCB’s Keppra XR, used to treat partial onset seizures in epilepsy patients ages 16 years and older.

Various versions of the drug had sales of about $162.8 million during the 12-month period ended in September, according to IMS Health.


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FDA accepts application for Gilead HIV drug

BY Alaric DeArment

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application from Gilead Sciences for a drug to treat HIV, the company said.

Gilead said the FDA planned to review the application for the Quad by Aug. 27.

The Quad combines four Gilead drugs — Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), cobicistat and elvitegravir — into one pill. The last drug was licensed from Japan Tobacco.


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Supervalu banners offer pharmacy services to Express Scripts clients

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Food and pharmacy retail chains Jewel-Osco and Shop ‘n Save, which are owned by Supervalu, announced that they will enhance their pharmacy services in an effort to cater to Express Scripts clients.

Express Scripts customers are urged to transfer their prescriptions to their nearby Jewel-Osco or Shop ‘n Save pharmacy as soon as possible so that the companies can provide patients with an easy and smooth transition.

Jewel-Osco operates 173 pharmacies in the Midwest, while Shop ‘n Save operates 34 pharmacies in the St. Louis metropolitan area and central Illinois.

“Many Express Scripts patients may be concerned that they will not have a pharmacy to fill their prescriptions at the start of the new year,” said Jewel-Osco VP pharmacy operations Tom Rousonelos and Shop ‘n Save pharmacy district manager Chris Basler. “We want these patients to know that we welcome the opportunity to serve them and that [we have] the resources to meet their needs.”

Additional Supervalu banners, including Supervalu itself, have announced their commitment to enhancing pharmacy services to cater to these clients. The additional chains include Supervalu, Acme Sav-on, Albertsons Sav-on, Albertsons Osco, Cub Pharmacy, Farm Fresh, Shaw’s Osco and Shoppers pharmacies.

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