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With eye toward adherence, Wegmans pilots medication synchronization offering

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans earlier this week introduced a medication synchronization pilot to its hub store in the Syracuse market called "My Meds Together," according to company executives. 

"It all ties into adherence, which is one of our priorities," Dan Ferrara, Wegmans VP pharmacy operations, told DSN

It’s one of two significant initiatives that Wegmans will be deploying this year that will help differentiate the chain among employers and pharmacy benefit managers — a key target for the retail pharmacy operator. “We have a couple of relationships already in existence,” said John Carlo, Wegmans SVP pharmacy. “We have one with a local employer here in Rochester, [N.Y.] and then we have one with a local PBM.” 

Wegmans later this year will be introducing a blood pressure screening program in an effort to improve adherence. Patients identified as at risk — pre-hypertensive or hypertensive — and who are taking at least one blood pressure medicine will have the option to enroll into one-on-one medication therapy management consultations with their pharmacist.  

 

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Canada’s Competition Bureau approves Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRAMPTON AND TORONTO, Ontario — Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart have announced that the Competition Bureau has approved Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, and the acquisition is expected to close March 28.

"We are pleased the Competition Bureau has concluded its review of this transaction, and to have its consent to bring these two great Canadian companies together," stated Galen Weston, executive chairman of Loblaw. "This merger uniquely positions Loblaw to meet the most important consumer trends in the country, including urbanization and health and wellness. In doing so, we will continue to deliver more choice, more value, and more convenience to Canadians."

As part of its agreement with the Competition Bureau, Loblaw will sell 18 stores and nine pharmacy operations. Loblaw does not anticipate any store closures as a result of these divestitures.

In the course of its review of the acquisition, the Competition Bureau expressed potential concerns about certain Loblaw supplier practices. The company stated that it will cooperate with the Competition Bureau in its continued review of these practices.

Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart announced on July 15 the definitive agreement under which Loblaw will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart for C$12.4 billion in cash and stock.

 

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Actavis enters into agreement with Noven Pharmaceuticals on Daytrana generic

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN — Actavis earlier this week announced that it has entered into an agreement with Noven Pharmaceuticals to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Actavis’ generic version of Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal system). Daytrana is a CNS stimulant indicated for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Under the terms of the agreement, Noven will grant Actavis a non-exclusive, royalty-bearing license to market its generic Daytrana beginning on Sept. 1, 2015, or earlier under certain circumstances. Other details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Launch of Actavis’ product is contingent upon Actavis receiving final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on its Abbreviated New Drug Application. Based on available information, Actavis believes it may be a "first applicant" to file an ANDA for the generic version of Daytrana and, should its ANDA be approved, may be entitled to 180 days of generic market exclusivity.

For the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2013, Daytrana had total U.S. sales of approximately $98 million, according to IMS Health data.

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