CDC, U.S. Public Health Service advise use of daily HIV-prevention pill among at-risk populations
ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday released guidance advising practitioners to offer an HIV prevention pill to healthy individuals who are at high-risk for an HIV infection, according to published reports.
The guidelines, issued in conjunction with the U.S. Public Health Service, involve the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, a strategy in which at-risk individuals take a daily dose of an antiretroviral drug to reduce their risk of HIV infection.
The guidelines replace interim guidance that emerged after studies showed PrEP to be effective in different patient populations.
Actavis extends agreement to market, distribute generic Concerta
DUBLIN — Actavis has reached an agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals to continue supplying the authorized generic version of Janssen’s Concerta (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets), the company announced.
Under the terms of the agreement, Janssen Pharmaceuticals will continue to manufacture and supply Actavis with all dosage strengths of the generic drug, and Actavis will continue to market and distribute the drug in the United States. This agreement runs until Dec. 31, 2017.
Concerta is indicated for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivty disorder in children ages 6 years to 17 years and in adults ages 18 years to 65 years, as part of a total treatment program. The drug had U.S. brand and generic sales of $1.4 billion for the 12 months ended Feb. 28, according to IMS Health.
Hefty announces new odor-control trash bag
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Reynolds Consumer Products announced the launch of new Hefty Extra Strong large black trash bags, complete with White Pine odor-block technology. The product marks the brand’s first odor-control, scented, large black trash bag and the only pine-scented bag on the market, according to the company.
Hefty has a long history in the field of odor-control technology, as the brand offers consumers tall kitchen bags in such scents as Clean Citrus, Lavender Vanilla, Clean Apple, Hawaiian Island and Clean Breeze. The new White Pine scent leads the way in expansion to large black trash bags.
“Consumers are looking for effective, odor-controlling trash bags with fragrances that enhance their homes. Our pine scent was created to meet that need,” said Jeff Wilkison, VP marketing, Hefty Brand Products.
Hefty Extra Strong trash bags with White Pine odor-block technology are available in 30-gallon multi-purpose size and carry a suggested retail price of $8.49 for a 28-count package.