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Mylan to launch generic version of Nuvigil in 2016

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — Mylan plans to start selling a generic version of a drug for sleep disorders starting in June 2016, under a deal with Teva announced Monday.

Mylan said it had settled with Teva over the former’s generic version of Nuvigil (armodafinil) tablets, a drug used to treat sleepiness related to sleep apnea, narcolepsy and shift work disorder.

Mylan plans to sell the generic in the 50-mg, 150-mg and 250-mg strengths. Under the opinion that it was the first company to successfully file for Food and Drug Administration approval of the drug, Mylan said it expects to receive 180 days of market exclusivity in which to directly compete with Teva’s product.

Nuvigil had sales of $296 million in 2011, according to IMS Health. Teva has owned rights to the drug since it finalized its acquisition of Cephalon in October 2011.


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Whooping cough vaccine now available at Walgreens, Take Care Clinics in Arizona

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced that it is offering Arizona residents protection against whooping cough, also known as pertussis, at all of the drug store chain’s points of care throughout the state.

Walgreens said immunizations (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-Tdap vaccine) now are available at more than 275 Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinics throughout Arizona. Walgreens pharmacists in Arizona can administer the whooping cough vaccine to patients ages 7 to 17 years with a prescription, as well as to those ages 18 years and older without a prescription. Take Care Clinics, located at 28 Walgreens in Maricopa and Pima counties, can administer the vaccine to those older than age 10 years.

The announcement follows information from the Maricopa County department of public health, which reported a 41% increase in its number of whooping cough cases in 2011 over the previous year and more than double the number of cases reported in 2009. Latest pertussis immunization recommendations for children and adults, as well as vaccine information, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website at Azdhs.gov.

"We share in the recommendations of health officials that one of the best things people can do to keep themselves and their families healthy during a possible outbreak is to get vaccinated," Arizona market pharmacy director for Walgreens Laura Zimmerly said. "In addition to children, who are the most vulnerable, those who care for or are in contact with children should also be immunized. We hope that through greater access to immunizations, we can keep our communities healthy and help limit the spread of the virus."


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telling it like it is says:
Apr-28-2012 09:26 am

God I hope we don't have to call these people at home to drum up business in this area or deal with having to give a minimum number of these shots per week.

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Vaccines in development could open opportunity for specialty pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — Since the development of the first smallpox vaccine in 1796, vaccines have saved countless lives around the world and helped to make such deadly scourges as smallpox and polio things of the past.

(THE NEWS: PhRMA report lists almost 300 vaccines under development. For the full story, click here.)

In addition to helping the practice of medicine evolve, they also have sparked an evolution in the roles of pharmacy and pharmacists in the United States. Today, pharmacists in all 50 states administer flu vaccinations, not to mention pharmacist-administered vaccinations for shingles and diseases that travelers can contract in other countries. What once required a doctor’s appointment now is as simple as walking into a store.

But just as vaccines for common infectious diseases have brought what used to be a physicians-only service to community pharmacy, many of the new vaccines under development could do the same with regard to specialty pharmacy, including therapeutic vaccines against cancers and serious infectious diseases, such as HIV.

Obviously, these aren’t the kinds of vaccines one can simply get at the drug store, but specialty pharmacies — particularly those that operate community pharmacies, infusion centers or home-infusion services — could be in a position to deliver them.

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