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BiPro USA unveils new whey protein flavor

BY Gina Acosta

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — BiPro USA has added a strawberry flavor to its line of whey protein isolate powders.

With the new flavor, BiPro now has protein powders in the following varieties: unflavored, French vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

BiPro's strawberry iteration stays true to the brand's clean label. The product contains just six ingredients, 90 calories per serving and zero grams of sugar. Just like every other BiPro flavor, strawberry carries 20 grams of protein per serving and is NSF Certified for Sport, ensuring that it is free of banned substances. The product is naturally sweetened and naturally flavored with real strawberry pieces.

"Formulating a strawberry protein powder that is clean, has minimal ingredients and tastes great was a major undertaking," said Polly Olson, vice president of sales, marketing and new business development. "You can see real pieces of dried strawberries in the powder which explains its wonderful smell. It provides exactly what athletes have come to expect from our brand and we're incredibly proud of the product we've created."

When BiPro USA launched in 2004, the brand only carried an unflavored protein powder. French vanilla and chocolate flavors were released in 2013. After strawberry's release, more exciting products are set to be announced in 2016.
 

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Mylan launches generic Avodart capsules

BY Gina Acosta

HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTSBURGH — Mylan announced Monday that it has launched Dutasteride Capsules, 0.5 mg, the generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's Avodart Capsules, in the U.S.

Mylan received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for this product, which is indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate to improve symptoms, reduce the risk of acute urinary retention and reduce the risk of the need for BPH-related surgery. It may also be used with tamsulosin for the treatment of symptomatic BPH in men with an enlarged prostate.

Dutasteride Capsules, 0.5 mg, had U.S. sales of approximately $297.2 million for the 12 months ending April 30, 2016, according to IMS Health.

Currently, Mylan has 248 ANDAs pending FDA approval representing $107.6 billion in annual brand sales, according to IMS Health. Forty-three of these pending ANDAs are potential first-to-file opportunities, representing $37.2 billion in annual brand sales, for the 12 months ending December 31, 2015, according to IMS Health.

 

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McKesson’s RelayHealth Financial automates denied claim appeals

BY Michael Johnsen

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — RelayHealth Financial on Monday introduced RelayAssurance Appeals Assist, a new tool that lets providers quickly and easily identify, create, file and track appeals for denied claims. Now hospital and health system CFOs and revenue cycle leaders can enhance their denial prevention strategy with a way to expedite the appeals process – helping to reduce the associated time and costs and improving the collection rate on initially denied claims.

“Despite providers’ best efforts to submit clean claims, a substantial number still get denied,” stated Marcy Tatsch, VP and general manager, Reimbursement Solutions, for RelayHealth Financial. “An effective denial prevention strategy doesn’t just focus on pre-submission, but also on the other points along the claims continuum. RelayAssurance Plus already offers the robust editing, claim status and lifecycle visibility capabilities that are essential to denial prevention, and now builds on that functionality with the ability to track a claim’s progress and quickly respond when help is required.”

While an estimated 6.4% of all provider-submitted claims are initially denied by payers, two thirds of those claims are recoverable. With RelayAssurance Appeals Assist, denied claims are flagged, the appropriate appeal forms are assembled and completed and their progress is tracked – all within the same RelayAssurance Plus workflow used to monitor and manage claims.

RelayAssurance Appeals Assist complements the RelayAssurance Plus claims management suite by offering:

  • Integrated Denial Management – Users can quickly and efficiently identify that an appeal is needed, then create, print and file that appeal and track its progress directly within the same RelayAssurance Plus workflow where claim status/tracking takes place;
  • Forms Library – Built-in standard Medicare appeal forms, templates and letters, along with state-by-state appeals submission requirements help reduce the time and effort required to file appeals; and
  • • Appeals Dashboard – Visual icons indicate the status of appeals (Created, Submitted, Denied, Succeeded), whether an appeal follow-up has been established based on payer-specific time thresholds and alert users to filing deadlines – all to ensure active management of appeals.

RelayAssurance Appeals Assist is the latest module available to users of RelayAssurance Plus, RelayHealth Financial’s cloud-based, analytics-driven claims and remittance management solution.

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