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Pfizer recalls two drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

PEAPACK, N.J. — The generics division of drug maker Pfizer is recalling supplies of two drugs due to possible mislabeling.

Greenstone announced Saturday that it would voluntarily recall 100-count bottles of citalopram 10-mg tablets and 90-count bottles of finasteride 5-mg tablets with the lot number FI0510058-A on the label. The company said a third-party manufacturer may have placed incorrect labels on the bottles. No other lots are affected.

Citalopram is used to treat depression, while finasteride is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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FDA approves topical treatment for genital warts

BY Alaric DeArment

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical treatment for genital warts made by Graceway Pharmaceuticals, the drug maker said Monday.

The FDA approved Zyclara (imiquimod) cream in the 3.75% strength for patients ages 12 years and older. According to clinical trial data, the cream effectively cleared genital warts, and of patients who achieved complete clearance, only a small percentage had a recurrence 12 weeks after treatment.

“Zyclara cream, which represents a significant advancement in the topical treatment of genital warts, works by increasing the immune response,” Harbor-UCLA Medical Center professor of obstetrics and gynecology Anita Nelson stated. “In my professional experience, genital warts commonly recur after treatment. Zyclara cream showed promising results in preventing genital wart recurrence for 12 weeks in the majority of patients who cleared during the clinical study.” 

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Natco to sell retail pharmacy?

BY Alaric DeArment

HYDERABAD, India — Indian generic drug maker may end its five-year stint as a retail pharmacy operator, according to published reports.

The Hindu Business Line reported Thursday that Natco was considering the sale of the SaveMart Pharmacy store in Lancaster, Pa.

A company official said the store was doing well, according to the article, but it did not fit its current business strategy. Natco was the first Indian drug company to operate pharmacies in the United States, operating a small handful of pharmacies since 2006, when it acquired a majority stake in a company operating a store in New Jersey, though it sold that store in January. It acquired SaveMart in 2007.

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