Lupin gets green light from FDA for generic Hyzaar, Cozaar
BALTIMORE, Md. Lupin Pharmaceuticals received regulatory approval last week for its generic antihypertensive agents, the drug maker said.
Lupin was granted final approval for hydrochlorothiazide-losartan potassium and losartan potassium, the generic versions of Merck’s Hyzaar and Cozaar.
Hyzaar and Cozaar had combined annual sales of approximately $1.6 billion in the United States, based on IMS sales data for the 12 months ended in June.
Meijer announces on-demand flu shot offering
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A Midwest retailer is expanding its pharmacy services to include on-demand flu shots at all of its stores.
Meijer’s VP pharmacy operations, Karen Mankowski, said Tuesday that the chain will expand its flu shot capability by offering flu shots to customers on a walk-in basis from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patients who need flu shots outside of the scheduled hours can contact their local Meijer pharmacist for options.
At the Meijer pharmacy, flu shots are available for adults and children 9 years of age and older at a cost of $24.99. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, are accepted, and every customer who purchases a flu shot will receive a 2011 planner with a coupon book valued at more than $80.
“Our expanded flu shot capability is yet another step in our efforts to make our stores a destination point for customers seeking healthy-living solutions,” said Mankowski. “Meijer pharmacies are evolving to provide a variety of services on both sides of the pharmacy counter, with our pharmacists becoming a key connection point for our customers.”
Dollar General’s Rexall will hit the race track at three NASCAR events
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General’s health brand Rexall will be gracing the No. 11 Braun Racing entry in three races this fall, the dollar store operator announcd Monday.
David Reutimann will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series to drive the orange and blue Rexall Toyota in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 15, Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 6 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.
“We are excited to enter the Rexall Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” stated Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General. “We recently introduced Rexall products in our stores, bringing our customers the dependable quality and value that Rexall is known for. We look forward to cheering on the Rexall car in celebration of the brand’s debut at Dollar General.”
The Rexall car makes its entrance into NASCAR in conjunction with Rexall healthcare products arriving on the shelves at Dollar General. The new Rexall line inlcudes over-the-counter medications and first aid, foot care and dental care products.