PHARMACY

Qualitest receives FDA approval for Myzilra tablets

BY Allison Cerra

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new oral contraceptive manufactured by Endo subsidiary Qualitest Pharmaceuticals.

The generic drug maker announced approval of Myzilra tablets (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets, USP) in the 0.05-mg/0.03-mg, 0.075-mg/0.04-mg and 0.125-mg/0.03-mg (28-day triphasic regimen) strengths.

U.S. sales for Myzilra tablets totaled approximately $34.4 million for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, according to IMS Health.


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Watson gets green light for generic Yaz

BY Allison Cerra

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Watson Pharmaceuticals subsidiary Watson Labs has received regulatory approval for a generic oral contraceptive.

Watson Labs said its abbreviated new drug application for Vestura (3-mg drospirenone and 0.02-mg ethinyl estradiol) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Watson currently is involved in patent litigation with Bayer concerning the product, which is a generic version of Bayer’s Yaz oral contraceptive product.


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MedPro Rx president Nancy McFarlane wins Stevie Award

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — MedPro Rx president Nancy McFarlane won a Stevie Award for Best Entrepreneur, the specialty pharmacy provider said.

McFarlane won the award for the category of service businesses with up to 100 employers in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, having led the company to multimillion-dollar sales over the past nine years, the company said. McFarlane founded the company in 2002.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business recognizes women executives, entrepreneurs and the companies they run around the world. More than 1,300 entries were submitted this year for consideration in 75 categories.

The latest award adds to the list of recognitions the company has racked up over the last couple of months. Earlier this month, the Triangle Business Journal included MedPro in its list of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the North Carolina Research Triangle for the fourth year in a row. Last month, Business Leader Magazine gave McFarlane its 2011 Movers & Shakers Award.

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