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NACDS bolsters staff with new communications manager

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired healthcare policy reporter Ben Moscovitch to serve as communications manager.

Moscovitch joins NACDS’ marketing, communications and media relations department, and will report to Chrissy Kopple, VP media relations. Prior to joining NACDS, Moscovitch served as the managing editor for Inside Washington Publishers’ FDA Week and wrote for the Inside Health Policy website. In this capacity, Moscovitch reported on issues that relate directly to pharmacy and to other aspects of healthcare delivery.

“Ben will bring additional expertise and professionalism to an NACDS team that dedicates its talent and tenacity to advancing community pharmacy every day,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “At the heart of the NACDS brand is a commitment to talking externally and with passion about the work of the people of community pharmacy, and we look forward to the unique perspective that Ben will bring to this effort as a journalist and as a creative communicator.”

Previously, Moscovitch served as a reporter for Exchange Monitor Publications, and as a writer in the government affairs office of Underwriter Labs. He also has written articles for the Foreign Policy Association, focusing on Middle East issues.

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Study: Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb drug for internal blood clots not superior to enoxaparin

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A drug under development by Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb for preventing internal blood clots failed to show superiority over a treatment already on the market, the companies said Monday.

The two drug makers announced Monday results of the phase-3 "ADOPT" study, which was designed to compare the safety and effectiveness of Eliquis (apixaban) with enoxaparin in preventing venous thromboembolism in patients with acute medical illness. Sanofi sells enoxaparin under the brand name Lovenox, and it is available as a generic.

Pfizer and Bristol said Eliquis did not show superiority over enoxaparin in preventing VTE, and while patients taking apixaban showed a 13% lower rate of adverse side effects than patients taking enoxaparin followed by placebo, that result was not statistically significant.

The drug is approved in the European Union for preventing VTE in adults who have undergone total hip or knee-replacement surgery.

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FDA approves Qualitest painkiller

BY Alaric DeArment

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for treating pain.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals announced Monday the approval of acetaminophen and codeine phosphate oral solution in the 120-mg/12-mg-per-5-mL strength.

Sales for acetaminophen and codeine phosphate oral solution for $4.3 million during the 12-month period ended in September, according to IMS Health.

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