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Ala. GOP representative proposes stopgap bill to fund FDA

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — A Republican congressman from Alabama has proposed a stopgap bill that would fund the Food and Drug Administration through the middle of December or until the government shutdown ends, though it is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

Last week, Rep. Robert Aderholt proposed the joint resolution, designed to ensure that the agency continues to receive funding until Dec. 15 or until the shutdown ends. However, Senate majority leader Harry Reid has said he will oppose such short-term funding bills. The federal government has remained shut down since Oct. 1, when Congress and the White House failed to reach an agreement on a fiscal year 2014 budget; Republicans in Congress have insisted that any budget agreement be tied to a delay or defunding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

As part of its contingency staffing plan announced at the beginning of this month for the shutdown, the Department of Health and Human Services said the FDA would continue "limited" activities related to user-fee funded programs — such as reviews of generic drug applications — and such vital activities as consumer protection and high-risk recalls.

 

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Lupin launches generic Zymaxid ophthalmic solution in the U.S.

BY Sierra McCleary-Harris

BALTIMORE — Lupin Pharmaceuticals announced today that it has launched its generic gatifloxacin ophthalmic solution 0.5%. Lupin had earlier received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market a generic version of Allergan’s Zymaxid ophthalmic solution, 0.5%, which is indicated for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis.

Zymaxid had annual U.S. sales of approximately $62.3 million. As the first applicant to file an ANDA for Zymaxid, Lupin will be entitled to 180 days of marketing exclusivity.

Commenting on the approval, Nilesh Gupta, managing director Lupin Limited, said, "Having received approval earlier, we are happy to now launch this product. The product is the first of the ophthalmic products that Lupin is bringing to the market and bears testimony to our continued commitment to serving our customers and patients by bringing high-quality, affordable medicines." 

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Rite Aid, Intesource renew e-sourcing partnership

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX — Rite Aid is renewing its contract with e-sourcing firm Intesource, the Phoenix-based e-sourcing company said Tuesday.

Rite Aid’s contract with Intesource dates back to 2009, and the Camp Hill, Pa.-based chain has used it to tackle complex and strategic categories, ranging from print advertising to snow plowing services. E-sourcing refers to using an online portal to attract bids from suppliers of products and services.

"E-sourcing needs to be a primary driver of growth and profitability for retailers," Intesource VP sales Len Kaplan said. "Many organizations shy away from sourcing complex categories because they don’t have the internal resources and necessary experience to succeed. Rite Aid, on the other hand, uses our services to consistently tackle complex categories head-on and has seen immense value and savings as a result."

Intesource said Rite Aid relies "heavily" on it as an extension of its own e-sourcing team, and that its services allowed Rite Aid to invest its internal resources on sourcing more categories and securing additional services.

 

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