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CutisPharma receives patent approval for suppository compounding container

BY Alaric DeArment

WOBURN, Mass. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has approved CutisPharma’s patent for a container and kit for the preparation, storage and dispensing of compounded suppositories.

CutisPharma’s FIRST Progesterone Vaginal Suppository Unit-of-Use Prescription Compounding Kit line uses the container. The line includes kits for 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg strengths, each made for a single patient and containing pre-weighted progesterone, suppository base and the patented disposable container and mold for the preparation, storage and dispensing of the suppositories.

CutisPharma said the kits will streamline the process of creating suppositories.

“By its very nature, the process of compounding suppositories is cumbersome, time-consuming and in general, without adequate compensation,” CutisPharma founder, chairman and chief executive Indu Muni said. “Our container and the method for suppository compounding is user-friendly and time-saving for a pharmacy.”

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AHIMA applauds Barack Obama for campaign success

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO The American Health Information Management Association has congratulated Barack Obama on his election as president of the United States, calling for reform of the healthcare system.

“Given the president-elect’s strong statements in support of health information as a key to expanding healthcare coverage while improving quality and controlling costs‹most recently during his infomercial last week—AHIMA is understandably optimistic,” AHIMA chief executive officer Linda Kloss said in a statement. “We urge the Obama administration to pursue the imperative of a 21st century health information platform that offers providers, payers and patients the accurate, integrated and secure electronic information they need to make decisions of utmost importance.”

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GlaxoSmithKline consolidates U.S. headquarters, announces layoffs of 1,000

BY Jenna Duncan

PHILADELPHIA GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Abreva, Aquafresh toothpastes, Nicorette, Sensodyne and Tums will cut its workforce by about 1,800 jobs and make Research Triangle Park in North Carolina its permanent North American headquarters, replacing the current U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia, reports said today.

GlaxoSmithKline has had duel headquarters in the United States since the merger between Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham was finalized in 2000, The Wall Street Journal today reported.

Today, GSK said that it will cut 1,800 positions, laying off about 1,000 people and eliminating hundreds of vacant positions, reports said.

GSK’s global headquarters are in London. The company is currently in the midst of belt-tightening in many departments due to growing pressure from the quickly expanding generic drug market and a decline in drug sales.

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