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Biodel receives research grants from JDRF

BY Alaric DeArment

DANBURY, Conn. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has given two research grants to drug maker Biodel to study a fast-acting brand of insulin in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes, Biodel said Monday.

The first grant will support research at the Stanford University School of Medicine to compare the effects of Biodel’s VIAject with Humalog (insulin lispro) on after-meal blood sugar levels, while the second will support research at Oregon Health and Science University to investigate VIAject’s ability to improve closed-loop – also known as artificial pancreas – glycemic control in patients. Biodel will receive more than $400,000 and will supply VIAject to the two universities.

“The goal of these projects is to evaluate whether an ultra-rapid-acting insulin can safely improve glycemic control for Type 1 diabetes patients and do so with less direct medical supervision,” Biodel chief medical officer Alan Krasner said. “We are pleased to be working with leading endocrinologists at Stanford and OHSU on this research and thank JDRF for its support of these important studies.”

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Roxane launches generic Amerge, Arimidex

BY Alaric DeArment

COLUMBUS, Ohio Roxane Labs announced Thursday the launch of two new generic drugs.

 

The Columbus, Ohio-based generics subsidiary of German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim, launched naratriptan tablets in the 1-mg and 2.5-mg strengths, and anastrozole tablets in the 1-mg strength.

 

 

Naratriptan tablets are used to treat acute migraine and are a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Amerge, which had annual sales of around $60.2 million, according to IMS Health. Anastrozole is used to treat postmenopausal women with breast cancer and is a generic version of AstraZeneca’s Arimidex, which had annual sales of around $916.8 million.

 

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Navarro Discount Pharmacies unveils revamped flagship store

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI The largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain recently reopened its renovated flagship store.

Navarro Discount Pharmacies said the store — located on SW 8th Street in Miami — opened in 1961 as El Nacional Drug Store. Hundreds of customers attended the reopening, held June 24, along with City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and the entire City of Miami Commission, local business owners and residents. 

The renovation of the 10,000-sq.-ft. store includes a new merchandise layout, new colors, enhanced signage and such improved services for customers as a pediatric pharmacy for busy parents, free compounding pharmacy services, a free Diabetes Club for adults and children with diabetes and free prescription delivery for all customers.

Other stores in the Miami chain will undergo the same renovations and enhanced services, Navarro said.

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