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Upsher-Smith launches morphine sulfate capsules

BY Alaric DeArment

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — A new opioid painkiller drug made by Upsher-Smith Labs will become available on Wednesday, the drug maker said.

Upsher-Smith said it would launch its morphine sulfate extended-release capsules in the 10-mg, 20-mg, 30-mg, 50-mg, 60-mg, 80-mg and 100-mg strengths.

The company said its product would be the first generic entrant for the 10-mg extended-release capsule dosage strength, adding that there have historically been a limited number of morphine sulfate generics available.

 

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Rite Aid appoints pharmacy division executive as group VP managed care

BY Alaric DeArment

Rite Aid has promoted Tammy Royer to group VP managed care, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Royer, who has nearly 20 years of experience and has lately worked in the company’s pharmacy division, will oversee all aspects of managed care, including contracting, maintaining relationships with managed-care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers and third-party payers and developing new strategic partnerships, reporting to SVP pharmacy services Chris Hall. Royer began working for Rite Aid as a pharmacist in 1996.

"Tammy is a valued member of Rite Aid’s pharmacy team who has made significant contributions across several functional areas of our pharmacy division, helping us grow our business and enhance our customer experience," Hall said. "We look forward to further benefitting from her knowledge and expertise and are confident she’ll continue to deliver strong results in her new position as she and her team effectively execute our managed care strategy."

 

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HoMedics launches Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Relief Pad, a TENS device

BY Michael Johnsen

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — HoMedics on Tuesday announced the launch of its Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Relief Pad, a wireless, portable Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) device to be sold over the counter. The device is designed to instantly block the nerve pathway from transmitting pain signals from sore and aching muscles. 

Rapid Relief works by emitting a controlled micro-electronic current, called impulses, through the skin to block the nerves from transmitting pain signals to the body’s pain center. "For years, doctors, physical therapists and others have been using TENS devices to treat pain," stated HoMedics spokesman Brian Elsemore. "It’s as simple to use as ‘apply where it hurts,’ with no drugs, no shots, no wires and no worries about messy applications."

Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Relief Pad is available in two models: one specifically calibrated to deliver quick relief to the lower back and another to deliver relief to the arms and legs. The Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Pad retails for $29.99. Two sets of replacement Rapid Relief Gels, sold separately in the pain relief aisle, retail for a suggested $9.99.

The replaceable battery and Rapid Relief Gels are good for up to 50 20-minute treatments.  

 

 

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