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FDA approves Aurobindo’s Flagyl generic

BY DSN STAFF

Dayton, N.J. — Aurobindo Pharma Limited has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its generic equivalent to Flagyl (metronidazole) tablets in 250- and 500-mg dosage strengths.  
 
The medication is used to treat different types of infections resulting from particular types of bacteria and certain other infectious organisms. It can also be used to prevent infection during an operation. 
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Teva introduces generic Intuniv

BY David Salazar

JERUSALEM — The latest addition to Teva’s roster of medication is its generic version of Intuniv (guanfacine) extended release tablets in 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-mg dosage strengths.
 
Intuniv, which according to March IMS data made $804 million in total sales, is meant to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The launch of guanfacine brings Teva’s total number of ADHD drugs to eight, and it is the first non-stimulant ADHD drug in its portfolio.
 
 “We recognize the need to make affordable generic treatment options available to patients with ADHD,” Brendan O’Grady, Teva’s President and CEO, North America Generic Medicines, said. 
 
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Drug Channels reports pharmacist salaries up 1.6%

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA – It pays to be a retail pharmacist. Retail pharmacist salaries were up 1.6% on average to $119,400 in 2014, according to the Drug Channels’ exclusive annual analysis of pharmacist salaries, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recently released Occupational Employment Statistics. 
 
"For the third consecutive year, pharmacists at mass merchants had the highest average salaries, earning a full-time average of $123,000," noted Adam Fein, CEO Drug Channels Institute, in a blog deliniating pharmacist salaries. "Annual salaries at supermarkets and mail pharmacies were lower."
 
According to the Drug Channels analysis, retail, mail and specialty pharmacies accounted for 63% of total U.S. pharmacist employment, which comprised about 291,000 people. 
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