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Bayer names longtime vet president of U.S. pharmaceuticals division

BY David Salazar

WHIPPANY, N.J. — Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals’ U.S. division has a new president. The company announced Thursday that longtime Bayer veteran Habib Dable would be taking over as president its U.S. pharmaceutical business, reporting to Philip Blake, who is the head of region Americas for Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and heads up U.S. corporate functions for the company.

“Habib Dable is a highly respected leader at Bayer, and I'm thrilled to have someone with such a wealth of experience step in to lead the company's largest pharmaceuticals market worldwide,” Blake said. “Having spent more than two decades at Bayer in a range of key roles with increasing management responsibility, Habib will be a critical asset as we look to build on our positive momentum in the U.S. to create long-term growth.”

Dable began his career at Bayer in 1994 as a sales representative, a position from which he moved to several senior roles in Japan, Canada and the U.S. where he led global product launches, among other responsibilities. Since 2013, Dable had been Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals’ global head of specialty medicine, where he oversaw oncology, ophthalmology, neurology and hematology. 

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Tris Pharma launches its Tussionex generic

BY David Salazar

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. — Specialty pharmaceutical company Tris Pharma on Thursday announced that it had launched its generic version of Tussionex (hydrocodone polistirex and chlorpheniramine) extended-release suspension. 
 
The drug is indicated to treat cough and upper respiratory symptoms of allergies and colds, and will be available in 115- and 473-ml bottles.
 
Tris’ suspension uses its LiquiXR technology, which uses an aqueous base coating system to avoid toxic organic solvents. The generic will be marketed and distributed by the company’s generic business following the expiration of a distribution agreement with Par Pharmaceuticals, who had the rights to it starting in 2010. 
 
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DSN’s Friday Pharmacy Phunny

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The start of October is also the start of American Pharmacists Month, and to celebrate, Drug Store News is launching its Friday Pharmacy Phunny series. Every Friday in October, DSN A.M. will feature a new cartoon aimed at pharmacists and their funny bones. Check out our first installment above, and check back next week for another. 

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