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Novo Nordisk to pull Vagifem dosage from market

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk will remove 25 microgram doses of a treatment for atrophic vaginitis in menopausal women from the U.S. market to comply with the recommendations of medical professionals, Novo Nordisk said Thursday.

The company said Vagifem (estradiol) vaginal suppositories will only be available in the 10 microgram strength starting July 30. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in November 2009.

Medical societies such as the North American Menopause Society have recommended that the women should use the lowest effective dose of estrogen consistent with treatment goals, benefits and risks.

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MinuteClinic opens two Mass. locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. MinuteClinic, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has expanded its Massachusetts-based clinics to 20 with Wednesday’s opening of two new locations in Hanover and Quincy.

 

"Since opening our first store-based clinic in Massachusetts in 2008, we have helped to expand access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care to thousands of residents who have visited us at convenient CVS/pharmacy locations near where they live and work," stated Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. "We are committed to working with the medical community in Massachusetts to build on the state’s precedent-setting efforts to broaden access to quality health services."

 

 

According to MinuteClinic, it has had more than 50,000 patient visits in Massachusetts (not including flu shot visits) in less than two years. About 70% of the patients seen at MinuteClinic locations in Massachusetts do not identify a primary care provider. MinuteClinic offers those patients without a primary care provider information on nearby practices accepting new patients.

 

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Hospira extends acquisition offer to Javelin

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE FOREST, Ill. Hospira has extended its $145 million offer to buy Javelin Pharmaceuticals, the generic drug maker said Wednesday.

The offer, originally made in April, was set to expire at the end of Tuesday, but will now expire at the end of June 2.

Hospira said Javelin had not satisfied all the conditions for acquisition, which Javelin said was due to a supply-chain problem with the painkiller Dyloject in the United Kingdom, though Javelin expressed disagreement with Hospira’s position.

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