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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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Hikma pauses generic Advair Diskus launch

Following the FDA's approval of Hikma’s ANDA for generic Advair Diskus in December 2020, Hikma has submitted an amendment to its application to the FDA which reflects enhanced packaging controls to meet new industry standards adopted since the initial submission of its ANDA application.

Pharmacy orgs commend Biden’s COVID-19 plan to activate pharmacies

President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to fully activate the pharmacies across this country to get the vaccinations into more arms as quickly as possible is garnering praise from industry organizations.

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Sun Pharma is launching docetaxel injection and relaunching its valacyclovir tablets.

Walgreens Boots Alliance CFO James Kehoe outlined the forthcoming venture as part of his and co-COO Alex Gourlay's participation in the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ new campaign carries the message that pharmacies can meet the demand for 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in one month when such supply is available.

Hy-Vee storefront.

Hy-Vee customers who take COVID-19 antibody testing at more than 250 of its pharmacy locations will receive results in 15 minutes.

Etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring products had a market value of more than $837 million, according to IQVIA November 2020 data.

Walgreens Boots Alliance said its investment in iA was meant to support the company's expansion and help develop automation solutions that would benefit the entire pharmacy industry.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said that retail pharmacies can meet the demand for 100 million COVID-19 vaccines in one month.

Healthcare worker giving vaccine.

The National Community Pharmacists Association is urging state and local health departments to enlist the community pharmacies in their jurisdictions to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

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The Food and Drug Administration has informed Biocon Biologics and Mylan, a subsidiary of Viatris, of a deferred action on the biologics license application for MYL-14020, a biosimilar to Roche's Avastin (bevacizumab).

The National Quality Forum’s Rural Telehealth and Health Care System Readiness committee aims to develop a measurement framework to assess the impact of telehealth on rural health care systems.

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting will be held virtually from April 26 to 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coram, CVS Health’s infusion care business, will administer cancer treatment at home for eligible Cancer Treatment Centers of America patients.

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CVS Health and Walgreens said they expect to complete the administration of COVID-19 vaccines in skilled long-term care facilities nationwide by Jan. 25.

URAC's new Small Mail Service Pharmacy accreditation offering joins the already-existing Small Specialty Pharmacy Offering, which launched in 2019.

Kinney Drugs exterior.

All New York Kinney Drugs pharmacies will receive initial doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to administer only to those age 75 years old and older.

As the companies prepare to build hundreds of Village Medical at Walgreens co-branded clinics, Walgreens Boots Alliance is speeding up its $1 billion investment in VillageMD

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EnlivenHealth’s CareScheduler enables hands-free scheduling, vaccine registry reporting and patient outreach for the administration of vaccines and other point-of-care services.

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With its acquisition of Kashiv Specialty, Amneal will gain a pipeline of 505(b)2 branded products primarily in neurology and endocrinology, as well as a pipeline of complex generics.

Alembic's Timolol Maleate Ophthalmic Gel Forming Solution provides treatment for elevated intraocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma.

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The Uloric brand and generic had a market value of approximately $108 million for the most recent 12 months ended October 2020, according to IQVIA.

Michelle Peluso, previously senior vice president, digital sales and chief marketing officer at IBM, will join CVS Health as the company's first chief customer officer.

Giant Food pharmacies near the nation’s capital have begun offering healthcare workers who work in senior group-home settings an initial supply of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at its stores.

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The Food and Drug Administration approved Amneal’s abiraterone acetate tablets in a dosage strength of 500 mg.

Pharmacist preparing a vaccine.

Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb is appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and in the pages of The Wall Street Journal to urge the government to use pharmacies to speed up COVID-19 vaccine delivery.

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