FDA approves Taro’s generic Penlac
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Taro’s application for the drug Ciclopirox Topical Solution, the generic of Penlac.
The company is now one of 11 manufacturers to receive approval to launch a generic version of the anti-fungal medication, since it lost its patent a few days ago. Sales of the drug, according to industry sources, are about $88 million annually.
Taro also received approval to launch a grape flavor of the allergy medication Loratadine syrup, which the company believes is the first grape flavored Loratadine syrup product in the U.S.
CIGNA debuts online Rx pricing guide for patients
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. Big insurance and pharmacy benefits management company CIGNA HealthCare has launched an updated version of its online Prescription Drug Price Quote tool for its health and PBM plan members as a price-comparison guide.
The web-based guide is available on the My Plans—Pharmacy page at www.mycigna.com. It offers Cigna Pharmacy members real-time, plan-specific cost comparisons for generic, brand name and available therapeutic alternative medications at 57,000 U.S. pharmacies, according to the health plan giant.
“Rather than relying on national average or regional discount information on retail pharmacy prices, the tool displays side-by-side comparisons of exactly what members would pay for brand named medications, available generics and low cost therapeutic options…based on their benefit plan, as well as the total cost of each medication,” Cigna noted in a statement.
Rexahn receives patent for Zoraxel
ROCKVILLE, Md. Rexahn Pharmaceuticals has received a U.S. Patent for the treatment of sexual dysfunction with its leading drug candidate RX-10100 IR, also known as Zoraxel.
Zoraxel is a drug that enhances neurotransmitters in the brain, both of which play key roles in sexual motivation, erection, and release. This would be the first drug to effect all three phases of sexual activity.
Commenting on today’s news, Chang H. Ahn, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, noted, “This latest patent coverage for Zoraxel significantly strengthens our patent estate. When added to the four CNS-related U.S. patents and two anti-cancer patents already secured, this represents another key milestone for the Company as we move forward with the clinical development for this promising new drug.”
The company plans to initiate a Phase II trial for Zoraxel by the end of this year.