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April 2020

Aurobindo's generic Zanaflex will be available in three dosage strengths.

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CVS Pharmacy field leaders and managers will select local organizations to receive donations.

NACDS’ online maps show further action is needed to remove barriers to pharmacy patient care immediately.

A pharmacist with a patient.

NCPA CEO Doug Hoey applauds community pharmacists for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

Sandoz will continue to operate its oral solids and dermatology business as part of the Sandoz U.S. business.

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CVS Health is providing Massachusetts residents with on-the-spot COVID-19 testing and results at no cost, using the new Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test.

Innovation co-president Marvin Richardson takes over as CEO on April 25, succeeding Mary Reno, and co-president Tom Boyer will become chief strategy officer.

CVS Health's rapid COVID-19 drive-through testing sites in Georgia, and Rhode Island will provide on the spot test results, while its pop-up pharmacy in New Orleans will provide maintenance medication and counseling for certain COVID-19 patients.

Hy-Vee interior.

Hy-Vee is adding one-way directional aisle signage to maintain six feet of social distancing.

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A new Indiana law allows a pharmacist to substitute a therapeutic alternative for epinephrine products.

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Mycophenolic acid delayed-release tablets had a market value of roughly $156 million, according to IQVIA data from February.

Vyepti is the first and only intravenous treatment for migraine prevention.

According to a survey commissioned by NACDS, 86% of voters say pharmacists should be allowed to provide tests for COVID-19, and the same number say pharmacists should be able to administer a vaccine once developed.

Kinney Drugs will have Clayton Distillery's liquid hand sanitizer in all stores by April 6.

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Adderall XR, including generic versions, have a market value of approximately $1.3 billion for the 12 months ending January 2020, according to IQVIA.

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Bartell's is taking additional safety measures to protect employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Zydus Cadila's generic Lamictal will be available in six dosage strengths.

NACDS's ad highlights how pharmacists have been rising up to help customers and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Higi is launching a partnership with Babylon Health, to offer its users a free, self-service, online COVID-19 digital symptom checker, as well as clinical guidance on when to seek testing and potential treatment.

Camber has expanded its offerings to include Glycerin liquid and a line of three syrups.

CVS Pharmacy announced new employee benefits and safety measures to keep employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 2020

Ninety percent of local pharmacists are reporting a shortage of hydroxychloroquine, according to an NCPA survey.

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Zydus Cadila's generic Rytary is indicated to treat Parkinson's disease.

Beaumont and Henry Ford hospitals in Detroit have received 22,500 pairs of gloves each from CDMA.

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All 97 Kinney Drugs locations have acrylic shields installed in the pharmacy drop-off and pick-up areas, as well as at the front registers, to protect customers and employees.

Abbott's molecular point-of-care test for COVID-19 delivers positive results in as little as five minues, and negative results in 13 minutes.

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CVS Health and its foundations are providing financial investments to help communities and employees facing COVID-19 pandemic-related hardships.

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J&J and the U.S. government are committing more than $1 billion for research and development of a novel coronavirus vaccine, which could be ready for emergency use by early 2021.

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Nexium and its generic versions had a market of approximately $70 million for the 12 months ended November 2019, according to IQVIA.

Senate Bill 241 will help ensure that pharmacies are more fairly and properly reimbursed.

Schnucks storefront.

Schnuck is offering support to people experiencing COVID-19 related hardships in Greater St Louis, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Bavis Drive-Thru is emphasizing that it is ready to support pharmacies and retailers with its state-of-the-art drive-through equipment as the COVID-19 epidemic escalates.

Generic pill bottles.

Amneal is donating one million hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to Texas, following a donation of two million tablets to New York.

Hy-Vee storefront.

Hy-Vee KidsFit program is being offered online to help kids stay active during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mylan will enable generic applicants to be eligible for FDA approval if Kaletra is found effective in treating COVID-19.

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NACDS praised Secretary of HHS Alex Azar's letter to the nation’s governors asking for assistance to extend the capacity of the healthcare workforce to address the pandemic.

Bruce Kneeland will help support CPESN USA's networks in several states out West.

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NACDS is among 111 organizations urging government leaders at all levels to address barriers to the COVID-19 response.

Hy-Vee and Kroger have installed temporary window panels at checkouts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CVS Health is taking additional steps to limit stockpiling of drugs that are used to treat chronic conditions as interest in off-label use of these medicines to treat COVID-19 grow.

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Cumberland Pharmaceuticals is taking actions to support hospitals and clinics treating patients with hospital acquired and ventilator associated pneumonia associated with COVID-19.

Camber's generic Lyrica is available in dosage strengths of 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 225, and 300 mg.

Avion's Gloperba in a liquid oral solution is now available to treat gout.

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McKesson is conducting a search for Bansi Nagji's successor, who is stepping down as executive vice president and chief strategy and business development officer, on March 31.

The FDA has enacted a shortened regulatory pathway for certain biologics, which will allow for faster approvals and increased competition.

Betamethasone dipropionate ointment had a market value of approximately $21 million, according to IQVIA January 2020 data.

Daraprim (pyrimethamine) had a market value of approximately $10 million for the most recent 12 months ended January 2020, according to IQVIA.

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The 30-month stay deadline surrounding generic drug patent disputes is being hampered by courts limiting access and attorneys cutting back on travel.

Major retailers are awarding bonuses, expanding employee benefits and launching unprecedented hiring drives as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Several pharmaceutical companies are making a commitment to respond to COVID-19 by donating or accelerating the production of hydroxychloroquine.

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Pharmacy organizations have outlined four policy areas in which pharmacists can support the nation’s COVID-19 response.

BD's and BIOGX's new diagnostics could increase capacity of COVID-19 testing by thousands of tests per day.

CVS Health's first COVID-19 testing site in Shrewsbury, Mass. will initially focus on first responders and health care workers.

Steven Hoffart, owner and operator of Magnolia Pharmacy in Magnolia, Texas, has compounded several orders of pharmaceutical-grade, alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by first responders.

Naloxone hydrochloride injection had a market value of roughly $31 million for the most recent 12 months ended January 2020, according to IQVIA.

The FIP has issued updated global guidance for pharmacists in community, hospital and clinical biology on COVID-19, replacing its first guidance released last month.

Jason Hollar succeeds Dave Evans as Cardinal Health's CFO.

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NACDS reports that states have requested input on ways to leverage pharmacies and pharmacists through executive orders, proclamations and declarations.

A virtual visit by phone.

CVS Health's Aetna unit will offer zero co-pay telemedicine visits for any reason to all Individual and Group Medicare Advantage members.

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The Geodon for injection brand had a market value of approximately $21.8 million for the most recent 12 months ended January 2020, according to IQVIA.

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IQVIA reports that global use of medicine has increased at a 3% compound annual growth rate since 2014, slowing from a 4% rate from 2009–2014.

A puzzle piece with a stick figure.

Tasos Konidaris succeeds Todd Branning as Amneal's senior vice president and chief financial officer.

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NACDS is urging Congress and the Administration to take immediate steps to further optimize the critical role pharmacy plays in helping to respond to this national emergency.

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CVS Health is integrating the Guardian Angel and Unite Us programs in North Carolina to help individuals who suffered an opioid-related overdose.

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Teva and Celltrion Healthcare's Herzuma for injection is a biosimilar to Genentech’s Herceptin.

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New rules in Wisconsin, supported by NACDS and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, allow pharmacists to delegate more tasks to technicians.

An investigational COVID-19 vaccine will enroll 45 healthy adult volunteers in Seattle between the ages of 18 to 55 years old for approximately six weeks.

COVID-19 diagnostic tests will be covered by benefits, and Medicare Advantage and Part D plans will waive certain requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Everolimus tablets had a market value of roughly $150 million in the 12 months ended January 2020, according to IQVIA.

The capitol.

In the wake of the cancellation of its RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill due to the coronavirus, NACDS is urging members to use its virtual fly-in resource.

Lemrey "Al" Carter will succeed Carmen Catizone as NABP executive director.

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Prime Liberty Pharmacy received accreditation from The Compliance Team for community pharmacy and long-term care, as well as in durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies.

NACDS lauded the collaborative work that led to the enactment of House Bill 42 that improves access to health care for citizens of New Mexico.

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The Compliance Team has awarded Community Pharmacy Accreditation to 19 Hi-School Pharmacy Services locations.

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The NACDS Foundation is providing matching funds to an MTM program designed to help Minnesota patients with chronic diseases.

Euclid Medical Products is debuting a new line of next generation strip adherence pouch packaging machines and consumables with unit- and multi-dose capabilities.

Advair Diskus had a market value of $113.9 million in Canada for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2019, according to IQVIA.

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Biosimilars could reduce patient's out-of-pocket costs by 17%, according to a new study by the Center for Medical Economics at the Pacific Research Institute.

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Zydus Cadila has received the FDA's nod for generic Truvada 200 mg/300 mg, and tentative approval for additional dosage strengths.

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Neurelis’ Valtoco is the first and only nasal spray treatment for seizure cluster rescue in adult and pediatric patients age 6 years old and older.

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Naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release tablets had a market value of roughly $400 million, according to IQVIA January 2020 data.

AmerisourceBergen's 2019 Corporate Citizenship Report reveals excellence in promoting sustainable operations, healthy communities and inspiring associates.

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, NACDS is canceling its RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill and holding its policy council meeting by phone.

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A pharmacist who works at CVS Pharmacy at 5 Main Street in Queensbury, N.Y., tested positive for COVID-19 but is not currently symptomatic, the company said.

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In an effort to offer more options for filling prescriptions amid the spread of COVID-19, CVS Pharmacy is waiving delivery fees on the home delivery of prescriptions.

The combined Thiotepa brand and generic had a market value of more than $36.5 million for the previous 12 months.

A nasal spray.

Glenmark and Hikma will commercialize a fixed-dose combination nasal spray for seasonal allergic rhinitis.

As part of a resolution with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Sandoz has agreed to pay $195 million.

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CVS Kidney Care and Satellite Healthcare will provide comprehensive kidney care, including access to transplantation and in-home dialysis, initially in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.

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NACDS has filed a brief supporting an Arkansas law at question in an upcoming Supreme Court case, and several pharmacy groups including NCPA, APA, APhA and NASPA have filed a separate brief also in support of the law.

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Memantine hydrochloride ER capsules have a market value of approximately $127 million, according to IQVIA.

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Ethacrynic acid tablets had a market value of roughly $20 million, according to IQVIA December 2019 data.

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Sanofi-Aventis' Sarclisa works by helping certain cells in the immune system attack multiple myeloma cancer cells.

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In the wake of the coronavirus spreading, the Association for Accessible Medicines said it will work to help ensure that patients in the United States get access to generic and biosimilar medicines.

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