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Camber launches generic Prozac

BY DSN STAFF

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Camber Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced the launch of its generic version of Prozac (fluoxetine) capsules. The drug is indicated to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. 
 
The generic will be available in 10-, 20- and 40-mg dosage strengths, all of which are available in 30- and 100-count bottles. 
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Fruth Pharmacy opens location in Charleston, W. Va.

BY David Salazar

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Fruth Pharmacy recently opened a new location here in a space previously occupied by Highland Pharmacy, operated by Highland Behavioral Health Services and largely servicing the Prestera Center’s behavioral health patients. 
 
With Highland exiting the location, Fruth entered a partnership to provide services in the area. 
 
“We are pleased to partner with Fruth Pharmacy to assure that the needs of behavioral health clients previously served by Highland Pharmacy will continue to be met with quality pharmacy services.  Fruth and Highland share the goal of providing high quality services to those in need in our community.”
 
There were only three days between the last day of Highland Pharmacy’s operation and the opening of Fruth Pharmacy on Nov. 16. 
 
“We wanted to help fulfill a need for patients of Highland Pharmacy,” Fruth Pharmacy president Lynne Fruth said. “Change can be good — our goal is to make this transition a positive change for these patients.”
 
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Software gives diabetes patients more control of glucose levels

BY Richard Monks

Dexcom has developed technology that it said gives patients with diabetes an unprecedented level of control over their condition.

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The company’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring, or CGM, allows patients to get a reading every five minutes via a disposable body-worn sensor that uses bluetooth technology to communicate with a hand-held monitor or smartphone.

Web-based software lets patients automatically download their glucose data and send it directly to a physician or other healthcare provider for review.

“Patients see trends in their glucose, and they can see whether it is going up or down and how fast it is going in that direction,” EVP and chief commercial officer Rick Doubleday said. “This gives them the opportunity to avoid both high glucose levels and low glucose levels.”
 

In addition, he explained, Dexcom CGM has customizable alerts that warn users if their glucose level varies too far in either direction, allowing them to take the necessary action to prevent an adverse event.

“This is especially beneficial during times when the person might be distracted and not paying attention to their glucose level, like sleeping, working or playing a sport,” Doubleday said.

Technology like this, he stressed, can help patients control their conditions and drive down healthcare costs.

“Glucose management is at the heart of managing diabetes,” Doubleday said. “We provide the data that allows these parties to be better connected and provide greater outcomes for patients with diabetes.”

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