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Macey’s adopts pharmacy automation technology

BY Alaric DeArment

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. Supermarket chain Macey’s has adopted Innovation’s PharmASSIST ROBOTx and SmartCabinet pharmacy automation technology in its stores, Innovation announced Tuesday.

ROBOTx and SmartCabinet are automatic medication dispensing systems. ROBOTx has 140 dispensers, while SmartCabinet has two cabinets and 98 dispensers.

“We were looking forward for relief during our peak filling periods and also wanted to reduce the opportunity for error,” said Ric Sykes, pharmacy specialist for Associated Food Stores, of which Macey’s is a member. “After careful consideration, we decided Innovation’s automation was a better long-term option than hiring additional technicians.”

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Teva’s Azilect slows Parkinson’s disease in trials

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Results from a Phase III clinical trial have shown that Teva Pharmaceutical’s Azilect 1-mg tablets can slow the progression of the disease, the drug maker announced.

Researchers gave 1,176 Parkinson’s disease patients daily 1- to 2-mg doses of Azilect for 18 months or a placebo for the first nine months and the drug for the second nine months.

Patients who took the 1-mg dose of Azilect showed significant improvement compared with patients in the placebo group.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Azilect in May 2006 as a monotherapy for early-stage ParkinsonOs disease and as an adjunct therapy to levodopa in moderate-to-advanced stages of the disease.

The drug, known generically as rasagiline mesylate, is available in 30 countries. Danish drug maker Lundbeck markets it in Europe, and both companies plan to co-promote it in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

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Taro to ask for extension on Sun Pharmaceuticals’ offer

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TEL AVIV,, Israel Taro Pharmaceutical Industries has said it will appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court to contest a ruling in the Tel Aviv District Court regarding India-based Sun Pharmaceuticals’ offer to acquire the Israeli generic drug maker.

The District Court judge had called Taro’s demand for a tender offer from Sun disingenuous, considering Taro’s acceptance of the offer a year ago.

Taro plans to ask the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for Sun’s offer, which was Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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