University of Maryland’s pharmacy school to open new building
BALTIMORE The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s new pharmacy hall building officially will open Oct. 5, the college said.
The pharmacy school’s Pharmacy Hall is outfitted with $20 million in scientific and information technology equipment. The building features two 200-seat lecture halls, 80-seat and 76-seat lecture halls, and classrooms and seminar rooms, all equipped for distance learning. It also features a new patient interaction suite that accommodates 48 students to practice patient counseling. The building also includes a dispensing laboratory with state-of-the-art robotics and four floors of open research labs where faculty will work to discover new, novel and improved therapeutics.
The building cost $62 million and was constructed over a 22-month period.
Founded in 1841, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest school of pharmacy in the nation.
FDA tentatively approves generic Crestor
MUMBAI, India The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a generic cholesterol drug made by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries.
Sun announced Wednesday the tentative approval of rosuvastatin calcium tablets in the 5-mg, 10-mg, 20-mg and 40-mg strengths.
The drug is a generic version of AstraZeneca’s Crestor, which had annual sales of around $3.4 billion in the United States, according to Sun. Sun did not disclose when it would begin marketing its version of the drug, though Crestor will lose patent protection for use in adults in December 2021, according to FDA data.
Walgreens names SVP pharmaceutical development, market access
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced Thursday that Jeffrey Berkowitz, a former SVP at drug maker Merck, has joined the company.
Berkowitz will serve as Walgreens’ SVP pharmaceutical development and market access, responsible for the overall pharmacy contracting strategy for the company, both on the pharmaceutical manufacturing side and on the retail payer side, the drug store chain said. He will report to Walgreens’ pharmacy services president Kermit Crawford.
“As we continue our efforts to transform community pharmacy, Jeff will play a vital role in working with our partners in the pharmaceutical industry, and across the entire healthcare sector, to develop strategies in collaboration with our sales and services organization that will provide better adherence and clinical outcomes for patients,” Crawford said. “In addition, Jeff’s exceptional experience, expertise and track record of growth and success in the pharmaceutical industry will be important to further enhancing our pharmacy, health-and-wellness solutions.”
Prior to joining Walgreens, Berkowitz served as SVP global market access at Merck, part of the Merck global human health leadership team, responsible for all activity related to access, pricing, payer marketing, health outcomes and health technology assessments worldwide.