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Armada Health Care inks software integration deal with Definitive Homecare

BY Alaric DeArment

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Specialty pharmacy services company Armada Health Care and Definitive Homecare Solutions have signed a deal whereby Definitive Homecare’s CPR+ specialty pharmacy software will integrate with Armada’s service offerings, the two companies said.

The combination will give CPR+ customers access to Armada’s value-added services and the ability to integrate those services within their pharmacy workflow system. Armada members that don’t use CPR+ will have access to discount pricing for the software.

"CPR+ has long been the leader in the home infusion pharmacy industry, and that industry has high-touch patient care needs similar to those of specialty pharmacies," Armada CEO Larry Irene said. "Definitive Homecare has built on that background and tailored CPR+ for specialty pharmacy needs, providing tremendous value to pharmacies across the nation."


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Watson, Mallinckrodt settle over generic painkiller

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Watson Pharmaceuticals and Mallinckrodt have reached a settlement concerning a painkiller for which the former had sought Food and Drug Administration approval.

Watson announced that one of its subsidiaries had settled with Mallinckrodt over Watson’s generic version of Exalgo (hydromorphone hydrochloride) extended-release tablets. Mallinckrodt, a subsidiary of medical products maker Covidien, filed a patent-infringement suit against Watson in December 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey after Watson sought FDA approval for a generic version of the drug in the 8-mg, 12-mg and 1- mg strengths.

Under the settlement, Watson gets a royalty-free license to patents related to Exalgo and can launch a generic version in November 2013. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Watson said it was probably the first company to seek approval for a generic version, which would entitle it to 180 days of market exclusivity in which to be the sole competitor to Mallinckrodt’s product.


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BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy earns ACHC accreditation

BY Allison Cerra

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — A specialty pharmacy chain has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy said ACHC accreditation indicates that the organizational management, internal processes, patient safety practices and service outcomes at BioPlus meet the highest standards.

“Our ACHC accreditation serves as a symbol of excellence and lets patients, providers, and insurance payers know that BioPlus meets the highest level of commitment to quality and accountability,” BioPlus SVP Elvin Montanez said. “We’re proud that yet another accrediting body, ACHC, finds that BioPlus ‘measures up’ as an organization in terms of our performance in administering patient care and service delivery.”


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