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Camber launches generic Mirapex, Plavix

BY David Salazar

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Camber Pharmaceuticals announced Wednesday that it had launched two new generics.

One of the new launches is the company’s generic of Plavix (clopidogrel) tablets, which is indicated to prevent blood clots after heart attack or stroke, as well as in patients with heart and blood vessel disorders. The drug will be available in 20-, 90- and 500-count bottles of 75-mg tablets.

Camber has also rolled out its Mirapex (prampipexole dihydrochloride) tablets. The drug is meant to treat Parkinson’s diseases and restless legs syndrome. It will be available in 90-count bottles of 0.125-, 0.25-, 0.75, 1- and 1.5-mg tablets. 

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CDC recognizes APhA for role in advancing immunizations

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON – Since the American Pharmacists Association launched its Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program nearly 20 years ago, more than 260,000 pharmacists have been trained to provide immunization services across the lifespan in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, APhA announced Wednesday. 
 
“APhA’s commitment to training and collaboration has increased access to vaccination services through expanded scopes of practice for immunizing pharmacists. Over the last 20 years pharmacists have played an expanding role in reducing the risk of vaccine preventable illnesses,” stated Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and principal deputy director, CDC, in a letter to APhA. “My colleagues and I at the CDC applaud your accomplishments … and your continued efforts to improve the health of our communities by reducing vaccine-preventable diseases.”
 
Pharmacists in particular can reduce barriers to getting the influenza vaccine in a way that other members of the immunization neighborhood may not, because of their hours and locations. Pharmacists also set a great example for their colleagues and patients. They led health professionals with a 95% immunization rate for themselves last year, according to a recent CDC survey published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Doctors and nurses followed closely behind at 89%.
 
“We are grateful to Dr. Schuchat and her colleagues at the CDC for their recognition and support of our efforts to improve pharmacists’ role in the immunization neighborhood and increasing the public’s access to needed vaccinations,” said APhA EVP and CEO, Thomas Menighan. “Pharmacists are educated members of the immunization neighborhood ready to address your vaccination needs and help you sort through the available options and information.”
 
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QS/1 launches SharpRx software

BY David Salazar

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — On the heels of its unveiling a new logo and website, pharmacy software solutions company QS/1 on Wednesday announced the launch of its newest software, SharpRx, which is aimed at making filling prescriptions and billing insurance easier for independent and small-chain pharmacies. SharpRx uses touch-screen capabilities for quick navigation and also contains extensive reporting features, according to QS/1.

“Pharmacists need to do everyday tasks as quickly as possible,” QS/1 president Tammy Devine said. “SharpRx gives pharmacies the tools to immediately begin processing prescriptions faster than ever before.”

The company said that pharmacists asked to test SharpRx filled prescriptions before being trained. Additionally, the system works with already existing equipment like barcode scanners and printers. It also has tool for checking eligibility, ensuring prior authorization, and PMP reporting. SharpRx features a clinical update feature that has images and imprints as well as prescriber updates and remote backup.

“SharpRx shows our continued innovation and commitment to enhancing automation in the healthcare industry,” Devine said. “We are always moving forward for our customers.”

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