Lois Adams receives Good Neighbor Pharmacy award
ORLANDO, Fla. Lois Adams of Freedom Pharmacy and Wellness Center was named national Pharmacist of the Year as part of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Recognition Awards, the Orlando Business Journal reported Tuesday.
According to the report, Adams was the first woman in Florida to win the Wyeth-Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2006. In addition, she was awarded an Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award in 2004 and was named Businesswoman of the Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2003.
K-V to ship first product since 2009 manufacturing problems
ST. LOUIS Starting Monday, K-V Pharmaceutical will ship its first product since it withdrew several products in 2008 and 2009 due to manufacturing problems, the drug maker said.
K-V said the Food and Drug Administration had given it approval to ship its Micro-K potassium chloride product following the completion of inspections of its manufacturing plant.
Ethex, K-V’s generic drug marketing and distribution division, pled guilty in February to two felony counts of failing to file alerts to inform regulators of manufacturing problems in 2008, and agreed to pay $27.6 million to the federal government to resolve the investigation. The settlement allowed K-V to continue manufacturing drugs once it had regained compliance with the FDA’s current good manufacturing practices regulations.
In March 2009, the FDA filed an injunction against K-V to prevent it from making or distributing adulterated and unapproved drugs, and forced the company to destroy the drugs it had recalled, forbidding it from resuming manufacturing until it had been brought back into compliance with regulations.
“Today marks a significant milestone in our efforts to restore business operations at K-V,” interim president and CEO Greg Divis stated. “The successful FDA inspection of our facilities and approval of our return to market demonstrates our hard work and commitment to meeting and sustaining current good manufacturing practices requirements.”
CVS celebrates entry into Omaha
WOONSOCKET, R.I. —CVS/pharmacy recently celebrated its foray into the Omaha, Neb., market with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at one of its two new stores. It plans to open additional locations in the coming years. Omaha is the latest market that CVS/pharmacy has expanded its presence to in 2010—other markets include St. Louis; Memphis, Tenn.; and Puerto Rico.
As part of the grand opening celebration, CVS/pharmacy announced that it signed on as a Silver Sponsor of the ALS Association’s three Walk to Defeat ALS events in the state of Nebraska. CVS/pharmacy is a longtime supporter of the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.