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MinuteClinic opens first in-store CVS clinic in Oklahoma City area

BY Antoinette Alexander

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. MinuteClinic, which is a subsidiary of CVS, announced on Sept. 7 that it has opened a clinic within a CVS store in the Oklahoma City region—marking the first clinic in that area.

The company plans to open up to six additional facilities in the metro area by the end of the year.

In Oklahoma City, MinuteClinic has formed an alliance with Integris Health, the state’s largest Oklahoma-owned health system with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, independent living centers and home health agencies. A member of the Integris Health’s staff will serve as MinuteClinic’s medical director in the market. Integris Health also will accept referrals for MinuteClinic patients needing emergency room, urgent care and primary care assistance.

“Integris Health is pleased to join with MinuteClinic and provide an opportunity for individuals and families to acquire low-cost, convenient health care, and in many cases, help to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital,” stated president and chief executive officer of Integris Health Stan Hupfeld. “This alliance will provide a connection to our physicians and strengthen the overall health of our communities.”

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Court denies Novartis injunction against Teva

BY DSN STAFF

JERUSALEM, Israel Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced Wednesday that the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied a motion filed by Novartis for a preliminary injunction related to Teva’s famciclovir tablets, the generic version of Novartis’ Famvir.

The Food and Drug Administration already has approved Teva’s abbreviated new drug application for famciclovir tablets. As the first company to file an ANDA containing a paragraph IV certification for this product, Teva has been awarded a 180-day period of marketing exclusivity.

Famvir had U.S. annual sales of approximately $200 million for the twelve months ended June 30, according to IMS sales data.

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Prescription drug abuse up among young adults

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON More young adults are abusing prescription medications, according to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to the results, 7 million Americans over 12 years old used prescription psychotherapeutic drugs—including pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants or sedatives—nonmedically in the month preceding the survey.

Overall prescription drug abuse among U.S. young adults increased from 5.4 percent in 2005 to 6.4 percent in 2006. Of the nonmedical prescription drug users in 2006, 5.2 million used prescription pain relievers, an increase from 4.7 million in 2005.

“The abuse of prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons is of increasing concern,” agency chief Terry Cline stated. “These are potent drugs that can have serious and life-threatening consequences if misused. Parents in particular need to be aware of this problem and take steps to prevent these medications from falling into the wrong hands.”

In 2006, 2.6 million people over 12 years old used psychotherapeutic drugs nonmedically for the first time, with the most significant increase being among the use of stimulants. The primary source of the drugs (55.7 percent) were friends and relatives who gave them away for free. About 19 percent were obtained from a doctor, and only 0.1 percent were purchased over the Internet.

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