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Impax confirms patent challenge for generic Detrol

BY Alaric DeArment

HAYWARD, Calif. — Pfizer has filed suit against generic drug maker Impax Labs in connection with the latter’s attempt to market a generic drug for bladder problems.

Impax said Friday that Pfizer filed a patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey in connection with Impax’s attempt to market a generic version of Detrol (tolterodine tartrate) immediate-release tablets in the 1-mg and 2-mg strengths. The drug is used to treat overactive bladder and urinary incontinence.

Impax filed a regulatory approval application with the Food and Drug Administration for the drug that contained a Paragraph IV certification, a legal assertion that patents covering Detrol are invalid, unenforceable or won’t be infringed.

Detrol had sales of about $62 million during the 12-month period ended in March, according to Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Navarro brings business online

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy, a Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain and an MBF Healthcare portfolio company, has added e-commerce capabilities to its existing website. The retailer also plans to add in the fall an interactive social media retail forum, video, content on family and health-related topics, and reviews.

"The e-commerce capability allows us to better serve our loyal customers already familiar with the Navarro brand and its discount pricing, and, in addition, [allows us to] reach out to the growing Hispanic population in the [United States], Central/South America, the Caribbean and internationally," stated Juan Ortiz, CFO of Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 28 stores.

In addition to prescription management tools currently found on the website, Navarro.com now sells its product line across a variety of categories, including fragrance, over-the-counter, health, beauty, appliances, household, food and a large assortment of niche, hard-to-find Hispanic products.

By 2012, it is estimated that nearly 30 million U.S. Hispanics will be online. Many of them will be native-born Hispanics rather than immigrants. Proud of their Hispanic origins, these consumers are in search of products familiar to them from their countries of origin, such as food, tea, nectars and cola, soap, cleaners and such entertainment as domino tables and cards, the company stated. Over the years, Navarro said it had received repeated requests to ship its products in the United States to New York, Texas, California and as far west as Alaska.

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MinuteClinic offers free diabetes monitoring package

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic locations are offering a free diabetes monitoring package this summer, the company announced on Friday.

The monitoring package administered by a MinuteClinic practitioner includes hemoglobin A1C and blood glucose tests, a blood pressure check, body mass index, cholesterol test, comprehensive foot exam and microalbumin test (kidney function check). The practitioner also will conduct a review of lifestyle factors and give immediate results and recommendations.

"MinuteClinic’s diabetes monitoring services provide the care diabetics need in between visits to a primary care provider," MinuteClinic chief medical officer Nancy Gagliano said. "For the more than 25.8 million Americans with diabetes, we believe MinuteClinic can be a valuable, long-term member of the patient care team, working in tandem with physicians and other medical professionals to ensure that diabetics can access the care they need to stay on top of their condition."

Diabetes patients who take advantage of the diabetes monitoring package each will receive an Accu-Chek 360-degree View tool to take with them. The tracking tool provides a quick snapshot of a patient’s blood sugar patterns, and also helps with monitoring meal sizes and energy and activity levels at specific times. Roche, the maker of Accu-Chek products, is sponsoring the diabetes monitoring package program.

The monitoring package is available through Aug. 31 or while supplies last and is not offered in Maryland or Massachusetts. Patients must be 18 years of age or older and there is a limit of one monitoring package per customer.

MinuteClinic also offers comprehensive health condition-monitoring services for individuals diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and asthma.

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