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Little Seashell prepares for holiday season with new collection

BY Ryan Chavis

TORONTO — Little Seashell Cards announced the launch of its French and English holiday 2014 cards. The collection uses hand-applied glitter and crystal rhinestone to showcase the colors and details.

Each card, which measures 6 by 4.5-in., includes a white premium envelope and is encased in clear protective bags. The cards carry a suggested retail price of $4.75. The complete collection can be viewed at LittleSeashellCards.com.

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Pragma announces relaunch of Moxatag

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — Pragma Pharmaceuticals announced the relaunch of Moxatag (amoxicillin extended-release tablets), 775 mg. The company acquired Moxatag from Shionogi Inc. in March 2014 and has been working to make the product available in time for the 2014-15 cold-and-flu season.

“Amoxicillin is the gold standard in treating strep pharyngitis. Simplifying the dosing regimen is a no brainer. Greater convenience to help patient compliance is key to ensuring effective antibiotic therapy,” a Pragma spokesperson said.

Moxatag is indicated for the treatment of tonsillitis and/or pharyngitis secondary to streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes) in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age or older, the company said. Fera Pharmaceuticals will manage the sales and marketing of Moxatag for Pragma.

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Wegmans hangs specialty pharmacy shingle

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Beginning in August, Wegmans Food Markets is now offering an enhanced Specialty Pharmacy Service for medications used to treat conditions in the fields of rheumatology, gastroenterology, neurology and dermatology, the chain announced Thursday. 
 
“Specialty medications are a demanding, but growing area of pharmacy,” stated Jack Coultry, Wegmans manager of managed care. “Health outcomes can be improved through close contact with the prescribing physician and additional counseling by the pharmacist. Adding this enhanced care model for those customers who need it is a natural next step for us.”
 
James DiNicolantonio, who joined Wegmans in 2009, has been named the company’s first specialty pharmacist. He has received advanced training to meet the needs of this patient group, and this is his area of focus.
 
“I’ll talk regularly with these customers by phone,” DiNicolantonio said. “We’ll discuss any problems they’re having, like self-injecting or dealing with side effects. When necessary, I’ll consult with their physician. I’ll also talk to customers about programs that may lower out-of-pocket costs. We’re well equipped to deal with all of these concerns.”
 
DiNicolantonio pointed out another important advantage, beyond convenience, for Wegmans customers who are now filling these prescriptions at a specialty pharmacy. “We have a history of all prescription medications that a customer has filled with us. That puts our pharmacists in an excellent position to alert the customer to any red flags such as potential drug interactions.”
 
Wegmans also offers free home shipping for these and all prescription refills.
 
Fifteen medications are currently covered under Wegmans Specialty Pharmacy Service. Brand names include Avonex, Enbrel, Humira, Stelara, Cimzia, Rebif, Betaseron, Extavia, Kineret, Xeljanz, Forteo, Copaxone, Gilenya, Simponi and Orencia.
 
“From the viewpoint of customer service and patient care, we want to be the gold standard,” Coultry said. “We want all of our customers, including those who are taking a specialty medication, to maximize whatever potential their medication may hold to improve their health and well being.”
 

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