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Sandoz launches new dosage strength of its Copaxone generic

BY David Salazar

Sandoz is launching its Glatopa, a generic of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection) following approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday. Glatopa was approved as a fully substitutable Copaxone generic in 40 mg/ml dosage strength. Sandoz launched Glatopa in 20 mg/ml dosage strength in 2015.

The Copaxone generic is indicated to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, and Sandoz developed Glatopa through a collaboration agreement between itself and Momenta Pharmaceuticals.

“The approval and launch of Glatopa 40 mg/mL reinforces our leadership in delivering complex, differentiated generic products,” Sandoz CEO Richard Francis said. “We look forward to bringing this product to patients and healthcare professionals and providing a full range of patient support services for Glatopa through GlatopaCare.”

Sandoz’s GlatopaCare program offers a $0 co-pay support program for certain patients. The company also offers personalized injection training for patients, as well as a starter kit that includes the Glatopaject injection device that works with Glatopa prefilled syringes, Sandoz said.

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FDA tentatively approves Lupin’s generic Locoid lotion

BY David Salazar

The Food and Drug Administration has granted tentative approval to Lupin’s generic Locoid Lotion (hydrocortisone butyrate, 0.1%).

Lupin’s generic Locoid Lotion is indicated for the topical treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis. The product had U.S. sales of roughly $16.1 million for the 12 months ended October 2017, according to IQVIA data.

 

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Tech has future role in chronic condition management

BY David Orgel

Chronic care management poses daunting challenges, and some industry experts are comforted by the possible future roles of technology to ease the hurdles.

“If you could zoom forward another 10 or 20 years, I think we’d be having a whole different level of conversation than what we have today,” said Leon Nevers, director of business development and procurement at H-E-B.

He noted that today, refill reminders are widespread, along with health screenings and immunizations. “We all obviously have the very basic levels of patient interaction covered.”

However, “technology is really what’s going to drive us and help integrate that entire patient experience in a way that really transforms lives,” he said.

He called this a “generational issue” because of the gradual nature of technology improvements. “I think the next generation, and the generation after, are really going to engage. The future looks bright when you have the ability to add technology to what we already do with the patient interaction from a human perspective, so I’m very optimistic about the future.”

Andre Persaud, a business advisor and senior industry executive, said he feels excited about the future in analyzing today’s consumer engagement with technology at retail.

“I think it’s a very interesting time when you look at just general retail statistics, where 80% of mobile users interact on the phone during a shopping experience,” he said. “And 50% of people who are engaging in some type of grocery purchase start on the phone, whether it’s for recipe or nutrition information.”

He said this ties directly back to health care. “I think health care is the next step on that.”

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