Forest Labs announces phase-3 trial results for depression drug
NEW YORK — A drug for major depressive disorder worked better than placebo, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial announced Thursday.
U.S. drug maker Forest Labs and French drug maker Pierre Fabre Medicament said that while the overall difference between patients treated with levomilnacipran and those treated with the placebo was not statistically significant, the drug consistently demonstrated improvement relative to the placebo over the course of the phase-3 trial.
The companies said the results differed from the findings of a previous 563-patient phase-2 study of the drug, which showed statistically significant improvement over placebo.
Dr. Reddy’s receives FDA approval for generic GERD treatment
HYDERABAD, India — Indian drug maker Dr. Reddy’s Labs has launched a generic treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The company announced Thursday the launch of pantoprazole sodium delayed-release tablets in the 20-mg and 40-mg strengths. The drug is a version of Protonix, made by Wyeth, now part of Pfizer.
Pantoprazole sodium delayed-release tablets had sales of around $1.8 billion during the 12-month period ended in September 2010, according to IMS Health.
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center opens pharmacy
NEW YORK — A nonprofit clinic that caters to New York’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and people living with HIV and AIDS has opened a new pharmacy.
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center announced the opening of the pharmacy at its main clinic in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, having received start-up funding support from the New York State Health Foundation and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The pharmacy will offer 90-day supplies of maintenance medications, online and telephone ordering of refills and discounts to uninsured patients with incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty level, who will be eligible for further discounts. Of the 14,000 patients the center saw last year, around half did not have health insurance, said executive director Wendy Stark.
“Opening our own pharmacy is the next step in our continuing mission to provide quality, affordable health care to the community,” Stark said. “The integration of on-site pharmacy access clinically enhances our comprehensive primary care services [and] offers a more convenient and less expensive option for our patients when filling their prescriptions.”
The center will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 28, attended by several New York state and city politicians.