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PCMA: Mail-service pharmacies drive generic utilization

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — An organization representing the nation’s pharmacy benefit managers said that mail-service pharmacies are increasing the use of generic medications.

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association issued a statement on Tuesday claiming that mail-service pharmacies leverage generic opportunities for savings, adding that there is no marked difference in the generic dispensing rate between mail-service pharmacy and retail pharmacy.

"The Federal Trade Commission and Harvard University both found that mail-service pharmacies practice generic substitution — substituting equivalent generics for brands whenever possible — more frequently than retail pharmacies," PCMA said. "Generic prescriptions are also less costly when obtained through mail-service pharmacies, according to research from the FTC and the Government Accountability Office."

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Taro resolves FDA warning letter

BY Allison Cerra

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Taro said that the Food and Drug Administration has declared the drug maker’s manufacturing facility in Canada as having acceptable regulatory status.

The drug maker said it diligently worked to resolve issues noted in an FDA warning letter dated Feb. 5, 2009. The regulatory agency reinspected the manufacturing facility last February.

"We are dedicated to developing and manufacturing quality products for our customers while meeting and exceeding all good manufacturing practices standards set by the FDA and Health Canada," said James Kedrowski, interim CEO for Taro.

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Watson joins Walgreens on New Life Agency’s Fertility Pharmacy Care Card

BY Alaric DeArment

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — The New Life Agency has added a prescription progesterone supplement and RESOLVE: the National Fertility Association to the Fertility Pharmacy Care Card.

The New Life Agency aligned with Watson Pharmaceuticals to include Crinone (progesterone gel 8%) in the program, which will provide patients with the FPCC with $30 in savings on every Crinone prescription. Patients who purchase the card — which provides infertile patients, egg donors and surrogates a cash-only program with significant discounts on fertility medications — also will get a $100 discount for each $1,000 purchase of stimulation medication through Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

Once enrolled, patients will receive a $25 Walgreens gift card usable at any store.

“Our goal is to offer personalized fertility pharmacy services, along with the best possible support, for these very specialized pharmacy needs,” Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy VP product development Enyde Polesuk said. “We’re pleased to be part of this first-of-its-kind cost solution, and look forward to making our services more accessible than ever for hopeful parents-to-be.”

The New Life Agency also is recognizing National Infertility Awareness Week together with RESOLVE.

“[RESOLVE] is delighted that New Life Agency is recognizing National Infertility Awareness Week and applauds their efforts to help educate the American public about resources available to the women and men fighting the disease of infertility,” RESOLVE executive director Barb Collura said.

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