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MidWest Gloves expands product lineup

BY DSN STAFF

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Max Performance is the name of the new work glove from category leader MidWest.

The company announced the new product introduction this week and design enhancements to the Max Performance line illustrate just how far the category of work gloves has progressed.

The new product features a suede leather palm with padded palm patches, a spandex back, fourchette finger design and an elastic wrist, all of which are designed to provide a form-fitting, high performance product.

"These new work gloves are truly exciting," MidWest president Stephen Franke said. "The innovative product features really work together and look great. Our consumer research led the path to this significant trend change in the glove industry. In keeping with our overall product goals, the quality and comfort of these work gloves is excellent."

For additional information, call 1-800-821-3028.

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Report: Hammer Pharmacy becomes part of Health Mart franchise

BY Michael Johnsen

DES MOINES, Iowa — The oldest operating pharmacy in Iowa — Hammer Pharmacy — has joined McKesson’s franchise group Health Mart Pharmacy, the Des Moines Register reported Tuesday.

Hammer, which is owned by six people, began marketing as a Health Mart pharmacy in February and recently held a ribbon cutting event in celebration, the paper reported.

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Watson sues FDA over generic Actos

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Watson Pharmaceuticals is suing the Food and Drug Administration, alleging that an agency decision would improperly delay its release of a generic drug for diabetes, the company said Wednesday.

Watson said it was entitled to share market exclusivity for a generic version of Takeda’s Type 2 diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone). Under the Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984, the first company to file a complete regulatory approval application with the FDA for a generic version of a drug is entitled to 180 days in which to compete exclusively with the branded version upon approval. In some cases, multiple companies share exclusivity, and a 2010 settlement with Takeda would allow Watson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Mylan and Ranbaxy Labs to launch generic versions of Actos this Friday.

Watson said the FDA denied its claim of shared exclusivity based on the timing of its reinstatement of several of its original Paragraph IV certifications, a type of challenge to a branded drug maker’s patent commonly issued by generic drug companies. Watson said it had converted its Paragraph IV certification to a different type of challenge at the FDA’s direction, later reinstating the Paragraph IV certification after it settled a patent-infringement suit with Takeda. The FDA’s denial of Watson’s claim would delay its launch of the drug by six months, the company said.

"When we learned of [the] FDA’s position regarding our application, we made efforts to work cooperatively with [the] FDA to resolve the situation," Watson president and CEO Paul Bisaro said. "[The] FDA has refused to grant shared exclusivity and seeks to unnecessarily delay the launch of Watson’s generic Actos product, with potential harm to consumers who may face constraints on supply as a result of this action."

Actos had sales of about $2.7 billion during the 12-month period ended in May, according to IMS Health.


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