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GenerationRx youth toolkit addresses Rx abuse among teens

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN, Ohio — The Cardinal Health Foundation has strengthened its alliance with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to address prescription drug abuse among teens.

The Cardinal Health Foundation and the college’s GenerationRx youth toolkit provides healthcare providers, pharmacists, parents, teachers, youth group leaders and other concerned citizens with unique, interactive resources to educate teens about the realities and dangers of prescription drug abuse, the Cardinal Health Foundation said.

The toolkit — which is available for download at CardinalHealth.com/GenerationRx — complements the Generation Rx toolkit the two organizations developed for adults.

“Cardinal Health customers and employees are passionate about educating the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse, and our new youth toolkit was created in direct response to their interest in speaking directly to teens about this growing public health issue,” said Jessica Lineberger, community relations manager for Cardinal Health.

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Watson confirms patent challenge over generic Exalgo

BY Alaric DeArment

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Drug maker Watson Pharmaceuticals said it has filed a regulatory approval application for a generic painkiller, challenging the patent that covers the branded version.

Watson announced Tuesday that it had filed an application with the Food and Drug Administration seeking approval for hydromorphone hydrochloride extended-release tablets in the 8-mg, 12-mg and 16-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Mallinckrodt’s Exalgo.

Pursuant to the Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984, which created the approval pathway for generic pharmaceutical drugs, Mallinckrodt filed a patent infringement suit against Watson last week. The suit puts a stay on final approval of Watson’s version of the drug until April 2013, or until the two companies reach a settlement. The patents covering the drug expire in July 2014, according to the FDA.

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FDA: Tessalon should be packaged in childproof containers

BY DSN STAFF

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A prescription cough suppressant should be kept in childproof containers because of its candy-like appearance, the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.

Tessalon (benzonatate) is made by Forest Labs and comes in the form of a round, liquid-filled gelatin capsule. The drug is used to relieve cough in patients older than 10 years of age.

The FDA’s warning followed a review of its Adverse Event Reporting System, a database of bad reactions to drugs, showing that five children ages 2 years and younger died after accidentally ingesting the drug between 1982 and mid-2010, and overdoses in children younger than 2 years old have been reported following ingestion of one or two capsules.

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