Alaska Senate passes database law to curb Rx drug abuse
ANCHORAGE, Alaska A state Senate bill that became law in Alaska Wednesday will create a database to prevent abuse of prescription drugs.
Under the law, pharmacists will be required to enter the names of doctors who make prescriptions, for what drugs and for what patients. Individuals will be able to view information about themselves, but information about others will remain confidential. Records will be expunged after two years, and people can challenge incorrect information.
Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin, allowed the bill to become law, but refused to sign it out of privacy concerns about the database.
Florida e-prescribing organization releases registered vendor list
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ePrescribe Florida, an organization that assists pharmacies in adopting electronic prescription systems, released a list of registered vendor solutions Tuesday.
Registered vendors made the list by meeting a set of e-prescribing and patient-safety criteria, such as alerting customers about potential interactions between drugs and allergies, as well as meeting Medicare electronic prescription standards. The list of 13 vendors includes H2H Solutions, iScribe, MedPlus, Misys Healthcare Systems and NextGen Healthcare.
ePrescribe Florida comprises various pharmacies, physicians, insurers, health-care improvement organizations and other organizations and professionals.
Cephalon sues Watson over Fentora patent
NEW YORK Drug maker Cephalon alleges that Watson infringed on its patent by developing a generic equivalent to its drug, Fentora.
Fentora (fentanyl citrate) is used to treat pain in cancer patients and received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in September 2006.
Watson applied for FDA approval of its generic version in April. In response, Cephalon filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware on June 2, asserting that Watson had infringed on patents ‘604 and ‘590, both of which expire in 11 years.
Fentora recorded sales of $135 million in 2007.
The FDA has, however, granted approval for Watson’s application for a generic version of KV Pharmaceutical’s Micro-K Extencaps in 600 mg and 750 mg doses.
The company that is now Wyeth sold global rights and the trademark for Micro-K to KV for $36 million in 1999. Micro-K had sales of $80 between March 2007 and March 2008, according to IMS Health data.