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Viramune XR approved by the FDA

BY Alaric DeArment

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals’ single-pill antiretroviral for HIV-1 patients, BI said Tuesday.

The FDA approved Viramune XR (nevirapine), a single-pill, once-daily, extended-release formulation of nevirapine for use in combination with other antiretroviral drugs.

“With the approval of once-daily Viramune XR, patients in the [United States] now have the benefit of a new HIV treatment option for use in combination with their other HIV medications,” said Joseph Gathe, Baylor College of Medicine clinical instructor, who also served as the lead investigator of a study of the drug. “Physicians in the [United States] can now switch their current Viramune treatments to a once-daily product with demonstrated comparable safety and efficacy.”

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Takeda tries to block Impax’s launch of generic Dexilant

BY Alaric DeArment

HAYWARD, Calif. — Generic drug maker Impax Labs is hoping to become the first to market a version of a gastroesophageal reflux disease treatment made by Takeda Pharmaceutical.

Impax said Tuesday that it had filed an approval application with the Food and Drug Administration for dexlansoprazole delayed-release capsules in the 30-mg and 60-mg strengths. The drug is a version of Takeda’s Dexilant.

The application contained a Paragraph IV certification, a legal assertion that the patents covering Dexilant are invalid, unenforceable or not infringed. Takeda filed suit against Impax in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday to prevent the launch, Impax said.

Dexilant delayed-release capsules had sales of $20 million in the 30-mg strength and $261 million in the 60-mg strength during the 12 months ended in January, according to Wolters Kluwer Health.

Upon FDA approval, Impax expects entitlement to 180 days of market exclusivity in which to compete directly with Takeda’s branded version of the drug. Patents covering Dexilant are scheduled to expire in 2020, 2026 and 2027, according to FDA records.

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BioPlus appoints chief strategic officer

BY Allison Cerra

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — A former MedfusionRx VP has joined BioPlus as its new chief strategic officer.

In his new role, Russell Gay will provide key leadership for all of the business development at BioPlus, including the strengthening and growth of relationships with payers, physicians, the pharmaceutical industry and various industry partners, BioPlus said.

Gay is an industry veteran with 25 years in the healthcare industry. While serving as MedFusionRx VP, he played a significant role in building that company into one of the largest specialty pharmacies in the United States.

“Russell is tasked with developing and diversifying our business. He shares our values, understands the intricacies of the specialty infusion market, and appreciates our unique position of leading measurable outcomes,” said Stephen Vogt, BioPlus president and CEO. “Russell’s business experience in the key areas of infusion, home care and specialty have prepared him well to lead our business development.”

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