Fera launches erythromycin ophthalmic ointment
NEW YORK Fera Pharmaceuticals has launched a treatment for bacterial infections of the eye, the generic drug maker announced Tuesday.
Fera said it had begun shipping erythromycin ophthalmic ointment in 1-g doses and would soon have the 3.5-g tube size available.
“Fera has made the completion of erythromycin 1-g manufacturing transfer a priority, responding to the market shortage,” Fera president Frank DellaFera said. “We are genuinely pleased to be able to help hospitals provide the standard of care they demand.”
Report; N.Y. seeks to prohibit doctors from accepting gifts from drug companies
ALBANY, N.Y. New York Gov. David Paterson hopes to put an end to gifts from drug companies to doctors, according to published reports.
The Associated Press reported Sunday that Paterson proposed legislation that would prohibit drug makers from giving doctors such gifts as pens and free meals to persuade them to prescribe their drugs. Drug companies that violated the ban would be fined between $15,000 and $250,000, while healthcare professionals would be fined $5,000 to $10,000. Nine states so far have laws on the books that prohibit the practice.
According to the AP article, patient-advocacy organizations such as AARP are supporting the legislation, while the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents the branded drug industry, opposes it.
Acorda appoints EVP commercial development
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. The founder of a consulting firm has joined the executive board of Acorda Therapeutics, the drug maker announced Monday.
Lauren Sabella will work as Acorda’s EVP commercial development, reporting to president and CEO Ron Cohen and assuming responsibility for Acorda’s commercial operations such as marketing, sales and managed markets.
Before working for Acorda, Sabella was founder and principal of Tugboat Consulting Group, which assisted companies in commercialization. She also worked as VP commercial development for Altus Pharmaceuticals and served in various positions at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaeuticals for 18 years.
“I’m delighted to welcome Lauren Sabella to Acorda’s management team,” Cohen said. “Lauren has an impressive record of achievement in the pharmaceutical industry, including responsibility for launching and managing several high-performing products.”