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CVS to dispense naloxone prescription-free in four more states

BY Brian Berk

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy added Arizona, Georgia, Iowa and South Carolina to the list of stated where it now dispenses the opioid overdoes reversal drug naloxone to patients without a prescription. CVS Pharmacy locations in 41 states are now able to increase access to this medication.

"CVS Health is committed to addressing and preventing opioid abuse in the communities we serve and increasing access to this life-saving medication is an important part of that commitment," said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. "Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdose and by expanding availability of this medication, we can save lives and give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery." 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids — including prescription opioids and heroin — killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. At the same time, a recent CVS Health/Morning Consult survey indicates there is a significant need for increased awareness about the availability of naloxone and its role in reversing potentially fatal opioid overdoses. 

"Overuse and abuse of opioids is a public health epidemic," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "Making naloxone more widely available and accessible is a critical component of a broader strategy to prevent overdose deaths. I applaud CVS Health for its leadership.

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Lupin launches Temovate generic

BY Brian Berk

BALTIMORE — Lupin has launched its Clobetasol Propionate Topical Solution USP, 0.05%.

Clobetasol is the generic equivalent of Fougera Pharmaceuticals’ Temovate (clobetasol propionate) Scalp Application, 0.05%. It is indicated for short-term topical treatment of inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of moderate to severe corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses of the scalp.

Temovate Clobetasol Propionate Scalp Application had an estimated U.S. sales of USD 64.1 million in 2016.

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Hy-Vee switches up Amber Pharmacy leadership

BY David Salazar
WEST DES MOINE, Ia. — Hy-Vee on Monday announced a change of leadership at Amber Pharmacy. The company has named Aaron Wiese, previously Hy-Vee assistant VP and Amber Pharmacy president, to the position of Hy-Vee VP strategy/innovation, and as a result, Mike Agostino has returned to the position of president of Amber Pharmacy.
Aaron Wiese
“Aaron has done an incredible job helping us to adapt Amber and Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions to the Hy-Vee system,” Hy-Vee chairman, CEO and president Randy Edeker said. “He has worked hand-in-hand with Mike to get Amber recognized as a customer service leader in specialty pharmacy, and he is the right person to keep us agile and take advantage of the industry’s fast-changing opportunities.”
In his new role, Wiese will work within Hy-Vee to develop new health, wellness and pharmacy strategies. He will also work with Agostino, the company said.
Mike Agostino
“Mike is one of the most respected voices in the industry nationwide. He has helped lead our specialty pharmacy efforts to great heights and will continue to do so while back in the driver’s seat at Amber Pharmacy and Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions,” Edeker said.
Amber Pharmacy was acquired by Hy-Vee in 2014 after the companies’ collaboration on Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Agostino has been with Amber Pharmacy since 2008, having worked previously as Walgreens’ VP managed care. He became VP of Hy-Vee and Amber Pharmacy president in 2014 and moved into his pharmacy innovation/business development role last January. He is the president-elect of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy and instructs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s pharmacy program.
Wiese joined Hy-Vee in 1993 and served for four years as operations manager of Hy-Vee Care. Before becoming assistant VP specialty pharmacy and VP of Amber Pharmacy, he worked in health/wellness strategic planning. He became COO at Amber before becoming president in 2016.
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