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Importing supplements

BY DSN STAFF

AUDIO Q&A: DSN talked with InterQuantum’s Anthony Raissen about the company’s 2013 launch plans. The marketing and media firm is launching a dietary supplement line from Kowa Health Care.

 

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Teva, Mylan launch Viagra generics in Europe

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Mylan have launched generic versions of Pfizer’s Viagra in nearly a dozen European countries, the two companies said.

Teva, based in Jerusalem, announced the launch of generic sildenafil tablets in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and Denmark. The company already markets generic versions of the erectile dysfunction drug in Spain and Canada.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh-based Mylan launched its own generic version of the drug in France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Slovakia, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Spain and the Netherlands.

In the 11 countries in which Mylan is launching the drug, Viagra had sales of $310.4 million during the 12-month period that ended in March, according to IMS Health.

 

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Tenn. health system physicians to serve as medical directors at seven MinuteClinic locations

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic has made a deal with a Tennessee healthcare system to expand clinics in three counties in the state, the CVS Caremark clinics division said Wednesday.

MinuteClinic has a partnership with Parkridge Health System, itself a division of HCA/TriStar, to have Parkridge physicians serve as medical directors for seven walk-in clinics. The clinics operate inside CVS stores in Chattanooga, Hixson and Signal Mountain, Tenn., as well as a new location in Cleveland, Tenn., which opened last week.

"As we have experienced with TriStar Health in Nashville and in other communities in the U.S., strategic clinical affiliations between MinuteClinic and health systems such as Parkridge enhance our ability to extend high quality medical services to patients in convenient retail locations near where they live and work," MinuteClinic president and CVS Caremark SVP and associate chief medical officer Andrew Sussman said. "We look forward to having Parkridge Health System physicians collaborate with MinuteClinic nurse practitioners to provide quality oversight, teaching and back-up so MinuteClinic can provide the best care at the lowest overall cost for patients and employers."

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