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News and information on retail pharmacy, including generic drugs, branded drugs, specialty pharmacy medications, pharmacy technology and legislative updates.

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GSK gets FDA blessing for new indication for Nucala

GSK’s Nucala has received the Food and Drug Administration’s approval for patients with HES, a group of rare blood disorders.

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Dr. Reddy's debuts Tecfidera generic

The Tecfidera brand and generic had a market value of roughly $3.8 billion for the most recent 12 months ended June 2020, according to IQVIA.

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The U.S. healthcare system saved $313 billion in 2019 due to low-cost generics, according to a new report by the Association for Accessible Medicines.

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ flu vaccine message will air in Washington, D.C., on presidential debate day and debate reaction day.

Taro Pharmaceutical is introducing its first specialty generic, a therapeutic equivalent to Ferriprox.

For the year ended July 2020, IQVIA data showed U.S. sales of roughly $3.8 billion for Tecfidera.

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As part of the President’s plan, on Thursday, HHS issued a final rule to implement a provision of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow the importation of certain prescription drugs from Canada.

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Brand and generic sales for Precedex in 0.9% sodium chloride injection were $210 million for the most recent 12 months ended June 2020, according to IQVIA.

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Vertex's Kalydeco, which was first approved in 2012, has received the FDA nod for an expanded indication that will provide a Cystic Fibrosis treatment for children ages four months to less than six months old.

AssureCare’s Medication Therapy Management Module is a solution meant to allow pharmacists to assess a patient's medication regimen and ensure it is appropriate, effective and safe based on the patient’s health and care plan. 

Drug Store News caught up with Adam Salus, Valu Merchandisers’ pharmacy operations manager, to talk about how members benefit from their involvement.

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Salix will maintain market exclusivity for Xifaxan (rifaximin) 200 mg and 550 mg tablets until 2028.

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Auxo is making a foray into pharmaceutical packaging with the acquisition of Euclid Medical’s Precision Products Group brand.

Camber's generic Tecfidera provides a treatment for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

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ValuCare Center received Health Mart’s top honor for its superior clinical performance, high-touch patient relationships and proactive advocacy efforts.

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The administration plans to use McKesson as its main distributor for a COVID-19 vaccine, which will be transported to distribution sites within 24 hours after the FDA grants an EU or approval.

Giant Food’s mobile clinics will be available throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware through October.

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Hikma said it now expects to receive FDA approval for its generic Advair Diskus in early 2021.

Publix Pharmacy has opened a full-serve pharmacy in Halifax Health Medical Center, providing patients with access to prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Drug Store News caught up with Alisha Mecier, eHealth’s vice president of business development, to discuss how it partners with pharmacies and helps patients. 

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is joining the March of Dimes’ #BlanketChange campaign to raise awareness of and eliminate racial and health disparities.

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Pfizer said it expects to know by the end of October if its COVID-19 vaccine works, although it isn't known if Americans will receive it before 2021.

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More than 80% of AllianceRx Walgreens Prime’s specialty patients are eligible to complete clinical assessments online.

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Divalproex sodium ER tablets had a market value of approximately $130 million, according to IQVIA July 2020 data.

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Zydus Cadila’s generic K-Dur will be available in dosage strengths of 750 mg and 1,500 mg.

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Tripoint will commercialize SPARC's Elepsia XR tablets for five years, with the option to extend the agreement further.

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