Zydus Cadila gets 2 FDA nods, 1 tentative
Zydus Cadila has received the green light from the Food and Drug Administration for azithromycin for oral suspension in 100 mg/5 mL and 200 mg/5 mL dosage strengths.
Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that fights bacteria. The drug is used to treat such bacterial infections as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections and sexually transmitted diseases. The drug will be manufactured at the group’s formulations manufacturing facility at Baddi in India.
In a separate development, Zydus Cadila received tentative approval from the FDA for a generic version of Levitra (vardenafil) hydrochloride tablets in 2.5-mg, 5-mg, 10-mg and 20-mg dosage strengths. The drug is an erectile dysfunction agent that works by blocking a certain enzyme (phosphodiesterase-PDE5) used to treat erectile dysfunction, or impotence.
Vardenafil will be manufactured at the group’s formulations manufacturing facility at SEZ, Ahmedabad.
Genoa reportedly opens clinic pharmacy in Mankato, Minn.
The Genoa Healthcare pharmacy in Mankato, Minn., recently began providing pharmacy services within Open Door Health Center, a community clinic, according to a report from KEYC 12 News in Mankato.
The center provides medical, dental and behavioral health services, Genoa said. “Having the pharmacy here with Open Door and in Mankato really offers our patients that one-stop shop to be able to get medical, dental or behavioral health services, and also then their pharmaceutical needs all at one place,” Open Door Health Center CEO Doug Jaeger told KEYC 12 News.
Genoa Healthcare’s director of operations William Wrigley said that the addition of an on-site pharmacy offers patients convenience and affordability. “Sometimes there’s a financial burden on folks to be able to get their medications. We have tools that we can utilize in partnership with our clinic partners to try and find options for those patients to make sure that cost isn’t a reason that they are going without medication,” he told KEYC 12 News.
CVS Health expands efforts to help veterans transition to civilian careers
CVS Health is growing the resources it offers former soldiers who are transitioning to civilian life. The Woonsocket, R.I.-based company has expanded its participation in the Department of Defense SkillBridge Initiative, which helps servicemen and women transition from military life to private sector civilian careers, to two new locations — Hampton Roads in Virginia and Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
Active duty military at these bases can begin training with CVS Health within 180 days of their separation from military service.
“The U.S. Department of Defense estimates approximately 1,300 new veterans and their families return to civilian life every day, many of whom are looking for the opportunity to find meaningful employment after serving,” CVS Health executive vice president and chief human resources officer Lisa Bisaccia said.
“We’re proud to be expanding our opportunities for transitioning veterans, while also helping to build a pipeline of talent with the unparalleled skills and experience that veterans provide.”
As part of the SkillBridge Initiative, transitioning service members are connected to a dedicated CVS Health colleague to learn about available job opportunities with the company. Participants complete classroom curricula and a 12-week internship at a nearby CVS Pharmacy location, and take part in a virtual job tryout to practice their interviewing skills. Following the completion of military service, veterans are eligible to apply for a position at any CVS Pharmacy across the country.
The company’s expansion of skills training to Virginia and Hawaii comes as it marks a year since opening the CVS Health Talent Connect Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. The company said the center combines hands-on support with state-of-the-art virtual reality technology to guide veterans and their spouses through the opportunities available within the company nationwide. CVS Health said that in the past year, it has hired half of those who have completed the curriculum and training programs. It noted that since 2015, 12,500 people with military experience and more than 3,400 military spouses have joined its workforce.