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Mylan gets nod for additional strengths of generic Mirapex

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Mylan generic drug for Parkinson’s disease, Mylan said Thursday.

 

The drug maker announced the approval of pramipexole dihydrochloride tablets in the 0.125-mg, 0.25-mg, 0.5-mg, 1-mg and 1.5-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Mirapex.

 

 

Various versions of the drug had sales of $536 million during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health. Mylan has had approval of a 0.75-mg formulation of the drug since April, and plans to immediately begin shipping the newly approved strengths.

 

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Navarro Discount Pharmacies announces Vendor of the Year awards

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI Navarro Discount Pharmacies, which operates 28 stores in Miami, has announced the recipients of its first Vendor of the Year Awards, which rewards participating vendors and encourages merchandising support, improved store promotions and collaboration on company initiatives.

The 2010 Vendors of the Year are:

  • National Vendor of the Year: Colgate-Palmolive
  • Local Vendor of the Year: MBR Industries
  • Broker of the Year: Advantage Sales and Marketing
  • Pharmacy Vendor of the Year: PDX

The awards were announced during the retailer’s Vendor Summit on Oct. 8 at the Hotel Intercontinental in Miami. Criteria for the awards included the quality of merchandising support, reinvested dollars into Navarro in the form of product, promotions and advertising.

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Diplomat takes employees back to school

BY Alaric DeArment

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. A specialty pharmacy provider is creating an online tool to train and educate new and existing employees.

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy announced Wednesday the launch of Diplomat University, saying it would use the Web-based tool as a platform for expanding into clinical trials and outcomes research. The company hired Ferris State University pharmacy professor Jennifer Hagerman to develop and implement programs for the project.

“I started my career in pharmacy as a technician at Diplomat and am thrilled to return as the director of education,” Hagerman said. “I look forward to helping implement educational programs for new and current staff, based on their role and specialty area, so they can continue to provide the best care for our patients.”

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