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Lupin seeks to market generic Lo Loestrin Fe

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Generic drug maker Lupin is seeking approval for a generic version of a contraceptive made by Warner Chilcott, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that Lupin had applied for approval of a generic version of Lo Loestrin Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets), an oral contraceptive.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Lo Loestrin Fe in October 2010, and it’s covered by patents set to expire in July 2014 and February 2029, according to the FDA. Warner Chilcott expects to file a patent infringement suit against Lupin, according to Reuters.

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Supplylogix inks deal with Midwest healthcare provider

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Healthcare technology company Supplylogix has signed an agreement with an unnamed healthcare provider in the Midwest to provide pharmaceutical inventory management and demand forecasting.

Supplylogix will provide the services for the provider’s 80 pharmacies and central-fill facility, and the provider recently completed a 45-day full deployment of the company’s services.

“Our ability to offer the level of control our clients require to manage pharmaceutical inventory, as well as optimize for specific demand as prescriptions shift between community pharmacies and central fill, was key to earning this business,” Supplylogix president and CEO Mark Wilgus said. “This client is a widely respected provider of health care within their communities, and we look forward to helping them serve their pharmacy patients and drive new efficiencies in their pharmacy operations.”

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BioPlus leader offers information, commentary via Dr. Vogt’s BioBlog

BY Alaric DeArment

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — As a relatively new facet of the pharmacy profession, specialty pharmacy is constantly developing, prompting the leader of one provider to go online to keep patients and physicians up to date.

BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy president and CEO Stephen Vogt has launched Dr. Vogt’s BioBlog, providing commentary and information to patients and physicians about developments in specialty pharmacy. Vogt will post weekly updates with his perspective and experience about current advancements and events in specialty pharmacy related to such chronic illnesses as hepatitis, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and others.

“Dr. Vogt’s experience, knowledge and skill in this area give him a unique perspective on new developments in our field,” BioPlus director of pharmacy services Nick Maroulis said. “For example, instead of just hearing about a new drug being released, readers of Dr. Vogt’s BioBlog will get an understanding of what the new drug will mean to their lives and disease treatment.”

The blog can be accessed at BioPlusSP.com.

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