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Sandra Levy

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January 2020

More than 1,500 vaccinations have been administered in the first five months of a new vaccination program.

A case of injectables.

Hikma and Arecor's new product uses Arecor’s drug formulation technology platform Arestat.

The Independent Pharmacy Alliance will offer member pharmacies Green Roads' full line of CBD products.

Fifty-seven campuses will be represented by 60 student pharmacists at the 2020 NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill.

A man holding an FDA approved sign.

Novo Nordisk's Ozempic now is approved to reduce cardiovascular risk in Type 2 diabetes patients with heart disease.

Vilazodone hydrochloride tablets and empagliflozin tablets had a market value of $469 million and roughly $3.4 billion respectively, for the 12 months ended September 2019.

A pharmacy stock room.

Potassium citrate ER tablets have a market value of roughly $75 million, according to IQVIA.

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Drug pricing and reimbursement constraints will have the greatest negative impact on the pharmaceutical industry in 2020, according to a new report from data and analytics company GlobalData.

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CVS Health is providing support to patients in Puerto Rico impacted by recent earthquakes, including advance prescription benefits and product donations.

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.HRG’s Rx Track-and-Trace Compliance Service will be available to NCPA member pharmacies at a special rate.

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Arizona, Connecticut and Massachusetts pharmacy associations are receiving PTCB project grants focused on training pharmacy technicians on methods to address the opioid crisis.

Sixteen HealthHub locations in Atlanta will offer chronic disease management and other health-and-wellness services.

People at a conference.

NCPA's Multiple Locations Conference in Fort Myers, Fla. will take place from Feb. 19-22.

A case of injectables.

The list price for Lill's Humalog Mix75/25 KwikPen and Humalog Junior KwikPen  will be 50% less than branded versions.

Valtoco is the first nasal spray approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a rescue treatment for people with epilepsy age 6 years old and older.

Jon Roberts, CVS Health COO, will lead CVS Pharmacy in an interim capacity, while the company conducts a search for Kevin Hourican's successor.

A pharmacist at a computer.

The new guidelines require aspiring certified pharmacy technicians to complete the PTCB-recognized education/training program or have equivalent work experience before they take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Fifteen HealthHub locations in Houston will offer expanded healthcare services, chronic disease management and overall health and wellness advice and personalized care.

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Ironwood and Allergan will grant Sandoz a license to market its 145 mcg and 290 mcg generic of Linzess beginning Feb. 5, 2030.

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The holiday season’s total far surpassed the $236,000 donated by Schnucks customers during the 2018 Salvation Army roundup campaign.

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Reid Kiser will be in charge of PQA's performance measurement and research.

Hy-Vee storefront.

Hy-Vee is opening its fifth Wahlburgers franchise location in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.

Supreme Court.

The United States Supreme Court this spring will review a case with big implications for the pharmacy world. The court has agreed to hear oral arguments in Rutledge v.

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Intra-Cellular plans to launch Caplyta in the first quarter of this year.

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Haloperidol tablets had a market value of approximately $41 million for the 12 months ended August 2019, according to IQVIA.

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Lannett expects to launch Numbrino nasal solution shortly.

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Fluvoxamine tablets had a market value of approximately $28 million for the 12 months ended September 2019.

A pharmacist handing a prescription to a patient.

PerceptiMed’s scripClip will-call automation system will be available to 3,000 PBA Health member pharmacy locations.

Images of people in a puzzle.

Innovation has announced its new leadership on the heels of the recent closing of the transaction in which a consortium of investors, led by Greg Wasson, the former Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO, acquired a majority stake in the company.

Pieces of a puzzle with faces on them.

FlavoRx has hired two industry veterans in the wake of growth from its Fillmaster Auto dispensing technology.

A male pharmacist typing at a computer.

The MedCerts newly enhanced program now features expanded customer service training, which has been identified by employers as the most in demand “soft skills” for technicians.

A female pharmacist with medications.

In comments to the Department of Health and Human Services, NACDS said that pharmacies should be included in the definition of value-based enterprise.

On the heels of Gallup's finding that pharmacists are highly valued, NACDS urges fair reimbursement and better access to pharmacy care.

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Enhertu is indicated for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have received two or more prior anti-HER2-based regimens.

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Twenty-nine of the 48 novel drug approvals of 2019, or 60%, were designated in one or more expedited categories of Fast Track, Breakthrough, Priority Review, and/or Accelerated Approval.

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Schnucks customers who log 50,000 steps or more now through Feb. 29 have a chance to win $100.

Alembic's generic Temovate provides a short-term topical treatment of inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of moderate to severe corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses of the scalp.

FDA headquarters.

Ten biosimilars were approved in 2019, bringing the number of approved biosimilars to 26 since 2015.

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Warner Chilcott and Watson subsidiaries will pay approximately $300 million under settlement agreements.

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CVS Pharmacy customers can take advantage of a special free one- to two-day delivery offer this month.

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PerceptiMed's scripClip is designed to speed up the prescription dispensing process at will-call.

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Venlafaxine ER tablets, 150 mg and 225 mg, and lidocaine topical solution 4% had a market value of roughly $150 million and $17 million, respectively, for the 12 months ended November 2019.

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The Febuxostat brand had a market value of over $430 million over the previous 12 months.

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Sandoz will be allowed to launch a generic version of Gocovri on March 4, 2030 or earlier under certain circumstances.

Daiichi Sankyo's Enhertu provides a new treatment option for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer who have progressed on available therapies.

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Publix Pharmacy recently filled its 100 millionth free prescription as part of its free medication program.

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The generic is indicated to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

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Ubrelvy is the first and only oral calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonist for the treatment of migraine attacks once they start.

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The two dosage strengths of BAC capsules have a combined estimated market value of approximately $68.6 million for the 12 months ended October 2019.

A case of injectables.

The Nitropress brand and generics had a market value of approximately $8 million for the most recent 12 months ended October 2019.

December 2019

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Arazlo is the first FDA approved tazarotene acne treatment in a lotion formulation.

Vascepa was originally approved as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride levels in adult patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia.

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Jeff George, John Kiely and Shlomo Yanai have been appointed to Amneal’s board of directors.

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Mycophenolic acid delayed-release tablets and doxercalciferol injection had a market value of roughly $174 million and $132 million, respectively.

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Merck's Ervebo is indicated for the prevention of disease caused by Zaire ebolavirus in individuals 18 years old and older.

A pharmacy stock room.

e5 Pharma's diazoxide oral suspension is the first generic of Proglycem.

A case of injectables.

Fresenius Kabi's generic Bentyl is available in a 20 mg per 2 mL single-dose vial.

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Betamethasone dipropionate ointment had a market value of roughly $22 million, according to IQVIA September 2019 data.

Rush and higi are collaborating to educate Chicagoans on health topics and connect them to care.

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The CREATES Act would stop drugmakers from limiting access to brand and biologic drugs necessary for generic and biosimilar drug development.

Bartell's storefront.

Bartell Drugs, Dick’s Drive-In and Strideline are supporting the “No Child Sleeps Outside” campaign by Mary’s Place.

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Mockingbird Pharma will replace the name Redmond & Greer as of Jan. 1, 2020.

FDA headquarters.

Zydus Cadila's generic Belviq is used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity.

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Genoa Healthcare’s 500th pharmacy, located within the Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Center in Queens, N.Y., will serve approximately 2,000 patients.

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Pfizer's Xeljanz XR offers patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis a once-daily dosing option.

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In partnership with Merck, Prasco is launching an authorized generic of NuvaRing.

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AshHEALTH will be responsible for Benzer Pharmacy's national group purchasing organization and pharmacy acquisition strategy.

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With its acquisition of AvKARE, Amneal enters the federal healthcare market.

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All 353 CVS Pharmacy locations in Virginia are now using time-delay safe technology.

CVS storefront.

CVS Health’s three-year partnership with the Harm Reduction Coalition will help address prescription opioid abuse across California.

Publix — DSN's 2019 Pharmacy Innovator of the Year — has built a specialty operation that executives said has improved its ability to care for patients on specialty therapies, as well as access to limited-distribution drugs.

NuvaRing had a market value of roughly $976 million for the 12 months ended Oct. 31, 2019, according to IQVIA.

CVS Health, Walgreens, and Rite Aid have donated their dispensing services for HIV PrEP medications to the Department of Health and Human Services and its new Ready, Set, PrEP program.

CVS storefront.

CVS Health's new Transform Oncology Care program uses genomic testing results to help patients get the best treatment.

The NACDS Foundation Dinner raised funds for health initiatives, and also honored two heroes for work in preventing and treating opioid abuse.

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Adderall XR and its generics had a market value of $1.3 billion for the 12 months ended October 2019, according to IQVIA.

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McKesson will continue its long-standing relationship with the VA Healthcare System under a new agreement that takes effect in August 2020.

Before 2013, Publix’s central-fill pharmacy decidedly was low tech.

Fresenius Kabi's generic Invanz is available in a 1-g vial.

People at a conference.

The NACDS 2020 Annual Meeting will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham and General James Mattis.

Compounding pharmacies currently are gearing up for a change in USP’s Chapter Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings.

House Democrats have secured multiple policy changes in the USMCA, including those related to prescription drug pricing,

Pills on money.

Pharmacy groups applaud the Grassley-Wyden bill, that would address DIR fees, and lower patient costs.

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Afinitor 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 7 mg tablets had a market value of roughly $412 million over the last four quarters, according to IQVIA.

Amgen's biosimilar Avsola offers a biological treatment option to patients across critical disease states, including chronic inflammatory conditions.

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Diplomat and OptumRx's combination will expand the innovative specialty pharmacy and infusion solutions that OptumRx can offer.

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Kinnect is a transformational on-site pharmacy option for community health centers, which offers mental health and addiction services.

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The FDA has approved three applications for first generics of Novartis’ Gilenya (fingolimod) capsules for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis in adult patients.

Pharmacy technology and automation companies are stepping up to the plate to ensure that pharmacists can juggle their roles successfully. 

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Exjade had a market value of roughly $113 million and Jadenu had a market value of about $470 million for the most recent 12 months ended in September.

Pill bottles on a pharmacy shelf.

Blink Health is offering new patients more than 4,000 medications for free.

Hydrocortisone valerate cream 0.2% had a market value of roughly $11.5 million, according to IQVIA September 2019 data.

Erlotinib has a market value of approximately $150 million annually, according to sales data.

Amneal has received the Food and Drug Administration’s clearance for three generics that it is introducing immediately, including the first generic of Carafate (sucralfate oral suspension).

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Vishal Arora and Nitin Shingate are joining RxSense as chief technology officers for its enterprise and consumer divisions, respectively.

A case of injectables.

Cumberland's RediTrex injection is a treatment for adult and pediatric patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as adults with psoriasis.

Flu shots are available seven days a week at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide.

Injectable vials.

Mylan's Ogivri is available in 420 mg multidose vials and 150 mg single-dose vials.

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The Exelon Patch and its generics had a market value of $161 million for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2019.

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