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New Lo Loestrin Fe gets FDA approval

BY Alaric DeArment

ARDEE, Ireland The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new contraceptive from Warner Chilcott, the drug maker said Friday.

 

The company said it plans to launch Lo Loestrin Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets) early next year. The company said the contraceptive contains the lowest dosage of estrogen — 10 micrograms — of any oral contraceptive currently available in the U.S. market.

 

 

“We are excited about the approval of Lo Loestrin Fe, which complements our women’s healthcare franchise and expands the product offerings in our branded oral contraceptive portfolio,” president and CEO Roger Boissonneault said in a statement.

 

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Rite Aid announces Diabetes Solutions Days

BY Allison Cerra

CAMP HILL, Pa. In line with American Diabetes Month, one drug store chain is offering its diabetes patients free activities at its clinics.

Rite Aid’s Diabetes Solutions Days, which will be held Nov. 2, 3 and 4 offer free health screenings and self-management solutions to patients living with diabetes, caregivers and those concerned about diabetes. Such offerings include:

  • Free cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings;
  • Body mass index readings;
  • Personal pharmacist consultations;
  • Information and training on how to use glucose meters;
  • Coupons for, and samples of, the latest at-home diabetes care products; and 
  • A raffle at each location for a $50 Rite Aid gift card.

Additionally, a free 20-page diabetes guide developed with the American Diabetes Association now is available in all Rite Aid stores and online at Riteaid.com/diabetes.

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NACDS addresses medication adherence at Senate Health Fair

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON The National Association of Chain Drug Stores emphasized the importance of pharmacy-patient interaction at this year’s Senate Health Fair, held last week in Washington, D.C.

The chain pharmacy lobby hosted an exhibit at the fair that emphasized the importance of medication adherence. More than 200 Senate staffers visited the NACDS booth over the two-day event, NACDS said. Pharmacists from NACDS members Kerr Drug Supervalu pharmacies counseled staffers on proper medication use, answered questions on health issues and provided advice on predispositions to chronic diseases.

“This is the first time NACDS has been invited to participate in the Senate Health Fair, clearly demonstrating the valuable role that pharmacy plays in the healthcare delivery system,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Pharmacy is the face of neighborhood health care, and NACDS is committed to showcasing this value.”

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