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Perrigo launches generic scalp medicine

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Drug maker Perrigo has launched a generic drug for treating problems of the scalp, the company said.

Perrigo announced the launch of clobetasol emulsion propionate foam in the 0.05% strength, a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Olux-E. The drug is used to treat moderate to severe dermatosis of the scalp.

As the first company to file a regulatory approval application for the drug, Perrigo is entitled to 180 days in which to compete exclusively with GlaxoSmithKline’s version. The drug has annual sales of $38 million, according to Symphony Health Solutions.


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Walgreens enables third-party mobile app developers to integrate prescription refill technology

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday made available a new application programming interface that allows third-party mobile app developers to integrate the drug store chain’s prescription refill technology. Developers who have scanning functionality within their apps can easily integrate the API to enable their users to order a prescription refill by scanning the bar code on a Walgreens prescription bottle.

“People continue to become increasingly engaged with their mobile devices and use the technology to help make their day-to-day lives easier,” stated Abhi Dhar, Walgreens e-commerce chief technology officer. “By incorporating the Walgreens Prescription API, mobile app developers are providing users with an easy way to refill prescriptions and help them properly take their medication.”

The Walgreens Prescription API has been adopted by several app developers, including Healthspek and PocketPharmacist. “Walgreens’ leadership position in technology and consumer empowerment fits perfectly with Healthspek’s message to consumers ‘Own Your Chart!’,” noted Randy Farr, president of Healthspek.

"We believe this adds to our goal of helping people better understand and manage their medications [on PocketPharamcist]," added Michael Guren, CEO of Danike, creator of the PocketPharmacist app. 

The Walgreens Prescription API marks the first time such technology is available for adoption among mobile app developers who focus on health and wellness, and it is the second API program offered by Walgreens. Last year, Walgreens launched its QuickPrints SDK and API, which provided third-party developers with the ability to integrate in-store photo services for its users. 

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Rexam, Rx Timer Cap partner to promote medication adherence

BY Alaric DeArment

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Prescription vial manufacturer Rexam has a deal with Rx Timer Cap to adapt the cap to its vials, Rexam said.

Rexam said the partnership would help improve medication adherence. The Rx Timer Cap has a built-in LCD timer that automatically counts the minutes and hours since patients last took their medication.

"As the need to address adherence becomes more important in addressing rising healthcare costs, we are pleased our customers are appealing to us to integrate the Rx Timer Cap into their prescription filing operations," Rexam Healthcare VP sales and marketing Pat O’Connell said. "It’s another example of our ongoing efforts to deliver packaging solutions that address industry issues and add product and service value."


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