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Watson gets FDA approval for Trelstar

BY Alaric DeArment

MORRISTOWN, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Watson Pharmaceuticals drug for treating cancer, Watson announced Thursday.

Watson said Trelstar (triptorelin pamoate) was the “first and only” gonadotropin-releasing hormone that suppresses testosterone production for six months. The FDA approval was for Trelstar in the 22.5-mg strength. Developed by Debiopharm Group, the drug, an injectable, has been available since 2000 in the 3.75-mg and 11.25-mg strengths, which work for one month and three months, respectively.

Watson plans to launch the 22.5-mg formulation in May.

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Kinney Drugs offering free glucose testing to customers

BY Alaric DeArment

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. Kinney Drugs will offer free glucose testing at its stores in Vermont under a partnership with six local hospitals, the regional retail pharmacy chain announced Thursday.

All of Kinney’s stores in Vermont will have a diabetes clinic on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic includes a test to determine whether customers are at risk, a finger-stick blood glucose test and diabetes education. Customers also will receive free samples and a “How to Live Well with Diabetes” booklet from the Vermont Health Department.

“We are very grateful for the relationship we have with our local community health agencies,” Kinney marketing manager Penny Perrone-Gray said. “Combined with their expertise in the diabetes field and our pharmacists’ medication knowledge, the program will be very informational to those who may be at risk of developing diabetes.”

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Berry awarded NACDS Congressional Leadership Award

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON During the National Association of Chain Drug Stores 2nd Annual RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, NACDS honored Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., with the NACDS Congressional Leadership Award for his strong commitment and lifetime support of pharmacy.

As the only licensed pharmacist in the United States Congress, Rep. Berry has been a champion for pharmacy’s healthcare priorities, from Medicaid average manufacturer price reform to preserving seniors’ access to durable medical equipment such as diabetes testing supplies from neighborhood pharmacies, NACDS said Thursday.

“As over 250 pharmacy advocates descend on Washington, D.C., for RxIMPACT Day to meet with their respective Members of Congress to advance pharmacy’s priorities, it is only fitting we recognize one of our most vocal advocates in Congress –– Representative Marion Berry,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “It is an honor to spotlight one of pharmacy’s true allies on Capitol Hill. Rep. Berry’s commitment, leadership and voice will be missed by pharmacy and by all who are concerned about healthcare delivery.”

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