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Mylan settles Provigil suit with Teva

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH — Mylan announced that its subsidiary has resolved all disputes with Teva pertaining to the sale of generic versions of a sleep disorder drug.

Under a new agreement with Teva, Mylan Pharmaceuticals is permitted to launch modafinil tablets in the 100-mg and 200-mg strengths, a generic version of Cephalon’s Provigil, prior to the Aug. 10 expiration of a 180-day marketing exclusivity period granted to Teva. As previously reported, Mylan Pharmaceuticals filed a suit in federal court in the District of Columbia against the Food and Drug Administration in relation to Mylan’s abbreviated new drug application for modafinil tablets in the 100-mg and 200-mg strengths.

Other details of the settlement are confidential and the agreement is subject to review by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, the companies said.

U.S. sales for modafinil tablets in the 100-mg and 200-mg strengths were $1.2 billion for the 12 months ended in March, according to IMS Health.


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Sally Hansen launches ‘Get Bare Double Dare’ program

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Sally Hansen has launched for summer a “Get Bare Double Dare” program that gives consumers a chance to win prizes.

There are two ways to win. First, fans can enter an exclusive sweepstakes on the Sally Hansen Facebook page for a chance to win an iPad and $2,000 shopping spree. Second, crazy, fun dares in which contestants have the chance to win other prizes will be posted all summer long.

The program is designed to promote the brand’s portfolio of hair removal products. The products include Sally Hansen’s Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit for Face, the new Zero Bumps Bikini Spray and the new Simply Smooth Hair Remover.
 
Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit for Face is priced at $5.99, Simply Smooth Hair Remover is $10.99 and Zero Bumps Bikini Spray is $7.99.

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Walmart pilots ScripTalk

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has partnered with En-Vision America to launch a pilot program that provides those who cannot read standard print a safe and easy way to access the information on their prescriptions.

ScripTalk, a talking prescription system, currently is being offered to customers with visual impairments across the country through Walmart mail order and in three test stores located in Talladega, Ala.; Tupelo, Miss., and Englewood, Colo. The program is free to Walmart pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired. How it works: a prescription provided with ScripTalk has an electronic chip embedded in the standard print label, Walmart said. To hear the information on the chip, the customer simply places the prescription container on the ScripTalk device and presses the button.

Customers who either currently fill or would like to fill prescriptions through Walmart mail order or at the pilot stores listed can contact En-Vision America at 1-800-890-1180 to request a free ScripTalk Talking prescription reader.

"Today’s announcement demonstrates Walmart’s significant leadership in serving its customers with visual impairments," American Council of the Blind president Mitch Pomerantz said. "This pilot is an important step in ensuring that people who cannot read standard print get the information they need to safely take prescription medications."


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