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Momenta Pharmaceuticals’ Craig Wheeler named GPhA chairman

BY Michael Johnsen

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Wednesday announced that Craig Wheeler, president and CEO, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, was elected as GPhA board chairman. Wheeler succeeds Tony Mauro, president, Mylan North America. 

“I’m honored to be elected as chairman of GPhA’s board of directors,” Wheeler said. “Our member companies provide timely access to safe and affordable generic medicines for patients around the globe, putting treatment within reach for hundreds of millions of people. There are so many opportunities ahead for this dynamic industry, and I look forward to contributing to our shared success.”

“It is a time of extraordinary promise for our industry,” commented Ralph Neas, president and CEO of GPhA. “Patient safety remains our top priority as the Association leads efforts to preserve and promote access to generic medicines. Chairman Wheeler’s strong leadership will be pivotal as the industry works with the FDA, Congress and stakeholders at all levels of the health care system to improve labeling guidance, establish a framework for interchangeable biologic substitution, meet GDUFA goals and advocate for policies that encourage generic utilization at home and abroad.”  

 

 

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Kremers Urban launches rabeprazole sodium tablets

BY Ryan Chavis

PRINCETON, N.J. — Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of UCB, announced the launch of rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets. The drug is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults and adolescents, according to the FDA.

The product is the bioequivalent to Aciphex from Eisai. Kremers Urban rabeprazole sodium delayed-release tablets are available in 20-mg strength in both 30- and 90-count bottles.

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Poll: Drug stores among favorite place to buy groceries

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — A recent poll of U.S. millennial, gen X and Baby Boomer consumers found that traditional retail categories are increasingly blurring, and more and more shoppers are turning to drug stores to buy groceries.

Retail design firm King Retail Solutions conducted the fall 2013 study among more than 1,200 consumers.

Shoppers were polled on their past shopping habits, current shopping attitudes, decision-making factors and top preferred retailers (Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Costco topped the list in each category), all as relates to purchasing these types of goods from a non-traditional source (e.g., purchasing a fresh meal from a pharmacy or a hair cut from a big box store).

Among the findings: such pharmacy retailers as Walgreens and CVS/pharmacy were listed among the “Top 20 favorite places to buy groceries (that aren’t grocery stores).”

 

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