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Hi-Tech Pharmacal gets approval for bromfenac

BY Ryan Chavis

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., a specialty pharmaceuticals company, on Thursday announced that it was granted final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for bromfenac ophthalmic solution 0.09% (once-a-day), a generic version of ISTA Pharmaceuticals’ Bromday ophthalmic solution, 0.09%.

The product is used to treat post-op inflammation and reduction of ocular pain in patients who have had cataract surgery. The company plans to launch the product immediately.

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Mylan launches generic version of Prandin

BY Ryan Chavis

PITTSBURGH — Mylan on Thursday announced that its subsidiary has launched repaglinide tablets, a generic version of Novo Nordisk’s Prandin. The drug is used to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Repaglinide tablets in 0.5 mg, 1 mg and 2 mg had sales in the United States of approximately $212.95 million for the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2013, according to IMS Health.

 

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Anoka-Ramsey now offers pharmacy technician degree

BY Ryan Chavis

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. — Anoka-Ramsey Community College announced that it will offer an associate in science degree in pharmacy technician. The required general education courses for the new program can be taken at either the Cambridge or Coon Rapids locations.

Program-specific courses are held at the Cambridge campus to help meet the needs of area pharmacies, according to the college.

“This is an exciting opportunity for both our students and business partners in the Cambridge area,” Natasha Baer, associate dean of educational services, said. “The addition of this program provides more flexible training options that lead to industry employment in a short amount of time.”

The AAS degree was created as part of a Health Professionals Pathways grant initiative to allow students to obtain credentials to work in the pharmacy field. A student may begin with Anoka-Ramsey’s Pharmacy Technician certificate, which enables the student to work in the industry. The student can then pursue the AAS degree. They also may take additional coursework to prepare for a doctor of pharmacy program.

Applications for the Pharmacy Technician program for fall 2014 semester will be accepted Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.

 

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