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Mylan launches generic Aciphex

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — Mylan has launched its generic version of a drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, the U.S.-based generic drug maker said Monday.

Mylan announced the launch of rabeprazole sodium extended-release tablets in the 20-mg strength, a generic version of Eisai’s Aciphex. The Food and Drug Administration approved generic versions of Aciphex made by six companies on Friday.

Aciphex had sales of about $830.1 million during the 12-month period that ended in September, according to IMS Health. 

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Lupin launches generic version of Aciphex

BY Alaric DeArment

BALTIMORE — Indian drug maker Lupin has launched its generic version of a drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, the company said Monday.

Lupin announced the launch of rabeprazole sodium extended-release tablets in the 20-mg strength, a generic version of Eisai’s Aciphex. The Food and Drug Administration approved generic versions of Aciphex made by six companies on Friday.

Aciphex had sales of about $864.3 million during the 12-month period that ended in June, according to IMS Health.

 

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SPCB announces first wave of certified specialty pharmacists

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board has certified nearly 50 pharmacists following the first round of exams, the group said Monday.

The SPCB announced that 49 pharmacists had earned the Certified Specialty Pharmacist accreditation after taking the exams, which were administered in October, covering intake, fulfillment, clinical management and outcomes.

"We congratulate the first wave of Certified Specialty Pharmacists as they embark on a new chapter in their careers through demonstrating their commitment and elevated skill set to employers and the greater industry by earning their certification," SPCB executive director Gary Cohen said. "Earning the CSP lets employers, patients, colleagues and other important stakeholders to the specialty pharmacy industry know that they are experts in handling specialty pharmaceuticals and have achieved a nationally recognized level of knowledge and proficiency."

 

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