PHARMACY

CPF adds member to board of directors

BY Allison Cerra

STOUGHTON, Wis. — The Community Pharmacy Foundation has appointed a new member to its board.

Randall Myers, a Carey, Ohio-based pharmacist who owns Harry’s Pharmacy, joined CPF, which provides support funding for projects associated with community pharmacies in which pharmacists desire to advance their scope of services to assist patients with their disease state management and medication therapy management needs.

Myers is a 1982 graduate of Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. He has received numerous professional recognitions, such as the AmerisourceBergen Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pharmacist of the Year, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Community/Ambulatory Practice from the American Pharmacists Association in 2007 and the National Community Pharmacists Association Prescription Drug Safety Award the same year.

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Dr. Reddy’s gets OK to market generic allergy drug

BY Alaric DeArment

HYDERABAD, India — A federal court has lifted an injunction that had prevented drug maker Dr. Reddy’s Labs from marketing a generic version of an allergy drug.

Dr. Reddy’s said the U.S. District Court of New Jersey had filed a stipulation and order lifting the earlier injunction against the drug maker regarding the selling of a version of fexofenadine hydrochloride and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride tablets in the 180-mg/240-mg strength. The drug is a generic version of Sanofi-Aventis’ and Albany Molecular Research’s Allegra-D 24.

Sanofi and Albany Molecular Research had filed suit against Dr. Reddy’s, alleging patent infringement. In June 2010, the court granted the two companies an injunction preventing Dr. Reddy’s from selling its version of the drug.

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Report: Pa. officials may limit Rx transfers among patients

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Fears about the likelihood of medication errors have officials in Pennsylvania mulling the possibility of restrictions on patients transferring prescriptions from one pharmacy to another, according to published reports.

CNBC reported Sunday that a rule recently put in place by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy that allows only one transfer per year had inspired Pennsylvania officials to consider a similar rule for their own state.

Officials said frequent transfers can result in confusion between pharmacists and patients that could lead to medication errors, especially because those transfers often are made over the phone, according to the article.

Retail pharmacies frequently offer such incentives as gift cards and discounts to customers who transfer their prescriptions or who encourage others to do the same.

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