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PCMA leader honored by GPhA

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The head of a group representing the nation’s pharmacy benefit managers got honors from the Generic Pharmaceutical Association.

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association announced Thursday that president and CEO Mark Merritt had received the GPhA’s Outstanding Contribution Award at the generic drug industry group’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The organization has advocated increased generic drug utilization and found common cause with the generics industry in its support for follow-on biologics.

“I’m honored to receive this award and proud to stand with GPhA, employers and consumer groups in the fight for affordable prescription drugs,” Merritt said.

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Amneal receives FDA approval for generic Indocin

BY Alaric DeArment

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for pain and inflammatory diseases made by Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Amneal said Thursday.

The FDA approved indomethacin extended-release capsules in the 75-mg strength. The drug is used to treat pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis and tendonitis.

The drug is a generic version of Merck’s Indocin. Annual sales of indomethacin ER capsules were $41.5 million during the 12-month period ended in October 2010, according to IMS Health.

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Spring sports physicals now available at MinuteClinic

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic announced that it is offering spring sports physicals at its facilities across the country to make it easier and more affordable for children and teenagers to head to the field and participate in organized sports.

Beginning March 1 to 31, MinuteClinic will offer the pre-participation physicals, which are required by many states, school systems and athletic leagues. MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants will offer the exams seven days a week, including weekday evenings. No appointment is necessary.

Coaches, team leaders and athletic directors also can take advantage of an additional $5 team discount.

Once a child is cleared to play, MinuteClinic practitioners will stamp any required forms and reference the results provided on the official patient summary. Copies of the summary can be transmitted by electronic record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission.

In addition to sports physicals, MinuteClinic offers camp, college and Department of Transportation physicals on a daily basis at about 500 select CVS/pharmacy locations around the country.

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