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Watson launches authorized generic respiratory drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Watson Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of a respiratory disease drug used in children and adults, the drug maker said Monday.

Watson announced the launch of an authorized generic version of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals’ Xopenex (levalbuterol hydrochloride) inhalation solution under an agreement with Sunovion. The drug is used to treat and prevent bronchospasm in patients ages 6 years and older with reversible obstructive airway disease.

An authorized generic is a branded drug marketed under its generic name, usually under an agreement between the branded drug’s manufacturer and a third-party company. Xopenex had sales of about $474 million during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health.


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Rexall’s annual vendor golf classic raises funds for Rexall Foundation

BY Antoinette Alexander

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Through the support of Rexall’s vendors and partners, Rexall’s annual vendor golf classic raised more than Canadian $250,000 for the Rexall Foundation earlier this month.

The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research received a C$10,000 donation at the Aug. 14 event.  The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research is an organization dedicated to eliminating the challenges of Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, through the advancement of research.

The Rexall Foundation is a grant giving charitable foundation focused on giving back to children’s health charities. Rexall Foundation has donated to more than 41 children’s health charities in the past year.   The Foundation was created in 2003 and has since helped more than 250 health charities across the country.
 

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Notable notes

BY Barbara White-Sax

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Just in time for back to school, It’s Academic has introduced RE:writes dry erase notes — thin, flexible notes that can be applied to nearly any surface and used again and again. Unlike traditional adhesive notes, RE:writes’ patent-pending plastic core doesn’t lose its grip, even when its surface becomes coated with dirt or dust.


RE:writes can be cut to fit any surface. The product is available in a variety of color and size combinations with a suggested retail price of $5.99.

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