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FDA approves Mylan pulmonary arterial hypertension drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug made by Mylan for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension, the drug maker said Tuesday.

Mylan announced the FDA approval of sildenafil citrate tablets in the 20-mg strength, a generic version of Pfizer’s Revatio. The drug is used to treat adults with PAH to improve exercise ability and delay clinical worsening of the condition.

Revatio had sales of about $339 million during the 12-month period ended in September, according to IMS Health.


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Kirby Lester chief executive wins University of Illinois College of Pharmacy award

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The University of Illinois College of Pharmacy has named Kirby Lester president and CEO Garry Zage its 2012 Alumnus of the Year, the pharmacy automation manufacturer said Tuesday.

Zage, who graduated from the college in 1977, purchased Kirby Lester in 2005. He has worked in pharmacy for more than 35 years and focused on pharmacy automation for more than 15 years, the company said, adding that the award recognizes graduates who are innovators, exhibit leadership and have contributed significantly to the pharmacy profession.

"Garry embodies what we are trying to produce in our educational programs at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy," college dean Jerry Bauman said. "His urgent work enables pharmacists to spend more time with patients, which is crucial, as the profession embraces the professional role of the pharmacist."


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NCPA, Purdue Pharma release pharmacy crime video

BY Alaric DeArment

STAMFORD, Conn. — Drug maker Purdue Pharma and the National Community Pharmacists Association have introduced the latest version of a video designed to educate pharmacists and other pharmacy staff about pharmacy crime.

The video, part of RxPatrol, Purdue’s broader initiative to combat pharmacy crime, launched on the initiative’s website. Titled "RxPatrol Pharmacy Safety and Security," it is free of charge, and is part of the NCPA’s Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative, which started in 2008.

The video features NCPA member Tony Sumpter and retired assistant special agent in charge of the Virginia State Police Landon Gibbs discussing ways to prevent and deal with internal theft and prescription fraud; touring Sumpter’s store, a Medicap Pharmacy in Adel, Iowa; and evaluating security measures and discussing additional steps to take to prevent internal theft and fraud.

"Pharmacy crime affects our customers, our staff and our businesses," NCPA president Donnie Calhoun said. "As communities across the country experience internal theft and prescription fraud, NCPA is pleased to continue our Protect Our Pharmacy Now! partnership with Purdue’s RxPatrol program to help our members prevent pharmacy crime."


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