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U.S. District Court blocks Mylan’s generic antibiotic

BY Alaric DeArment

DUBLIN — A federal court in New Jersey has blocked an attempt by Mylan to market a generic version of a drug made by Warner Chilcott.

Warner Chilcott announced Thursday that the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey granted its motion for a preliminary injunction against Mylan to prevent it from launching a generic version of the antibiotic Doryx (doxycycline) in the 150-mg strength until the court makes a decision relating to a patent covering the drug, which Warner Chilcott and Mayne Pharmaceuticals allege Mylan to have infringed.

According to IMS Health, Doryx in the 150-mg strength represents more than 95% of Warner Chilcott’s entire Doryx franchise based on total prescriptions.

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Report: J&J resumes shipping of Tylenol product

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — It seems that Tylenol Cold & Flu Severe caplets are making their way back to store shelves, according to published reports.

According to several reports, McNeil Consumer Healthcare spokeswoman Bonnie Jacobs confirmed that the product, which is designated for adult use, will begin shipping this week.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, recalled several lots of Tylenol products due to reports of uncharacteristic odor, which was linked to the presence of trace amounts of a chemical known as 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA).

Back in February, J&J executives said McNeil Consumer’s absence from cough-cold and analgesic aisles, including several pediatric formulations, would extend into the fourth quarter.

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Walgreens kicks off Halloween candy contest

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is celebrating Halloween with a new Facebook contest.

The drug store chain hosted the promotion on Facebook.com/Walgreens from Tuesday through Thursday night, where fans could enter to win one ton of Hershey’s Halloween candy. Entrants are asked to register and tell Walgreens how they would share a ton of Hershey’s Halloween candy. Ten finalists will be selected and sent a $300 Walgreens gift card to decorate their homes for Halloween. Photos of the top three finalists’ homes will be put on the Walgreens Facebook page for fan voting, with the winner of the fan vote receiving a ton of a pre-selected mix of Hershey’s Halloween candy.

Click here to check out the promotion.

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