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FDA approves Lupin’s generic Tamiflu for oral suspension

BY David Salazar

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Lupin’s generic Tamiflu for oral suspension (oseltamivir phosphate for oral suspension, 6 mg/ml). Lupin said it would shortly begin promoting the product.

Lupin’s generic Tamiflu for oral suspension is inficated to treat acute, uncomplicated influenza A and B in patients 2 weeks of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours and prophylaxis of influenza A and B in patients ages 1 year and older.

The product had U.S. sales of roughly $358 million for the 12 months ended October 2017, according to IQVIA data.

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APhA names winners of 2018 Immunization Champions Awards

BY David Salazar

The American Pharmacists Association has announced the winners of its 2018 Immunization Champions Awards. The awards recognize pharmacists and organizations that have made notable contributions to improving their communities’ vaccination rates.

“The APhA Immunization Champion Awards program helps us tell the story regarding pharmacists’ contributions to and impact on the health of communities and as valued members of the immunization neighborhood,” APhA chief strategy officer Mitchel Rothholz said. “This year is the 10th anniversary for presentation of the awards. We applaud the more than 320,000 pharmacists trained to administer vaccines and who are making a difference in their communities.”

The Washington, D.C.-based organization has been granting the awards for 10 years, and this year they were supported by Merck, Sanofi Pasteur and Seqirus. They consist of six categories — Individual Practitioners, Friend of Pharmacy immunization efforts, Corporation/ Institution, Partnership, Community Outreach and Pharmacy Team Member. APhA said it evaluated nominees based on the areas of impact, originality and opportunities created for pharmacists, among other criteria.

The winners and honorable mentions are:

Individual Practitioner
Winners: Andrew DeMotto of Whiteriver, Ariz., and Holly Gurgle of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Honorable mention: Tuong-Lan Nguyen of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Luis Rosado of Morovis, Puerto Rico

Friend of Pharmacy
Winner: Kimberly Battreall of Omaha, Neb.

Outstanding Career Achievement
Winner: William Atkinson of Saint Paul, Minn.

Corporation/Institution
Winner: Albertsons, based in Boise, Idaho
Honorable mention: Fred’s, based in Arlington, Tenn.

Partnership
Winner: Seattle’s Project VACCINATE

Community Outreach
Winner: Reeves-Sain Drug Store in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Honorable mention: Brandy Turner of Richmond, VA)

Pharmacy team member
Winner: Cecilia Dudero of Santa Clara, Calif.

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Impax launches authorized Solodyn generic

BY David Salazar

Impax Labs has launched its authorized Solodyn generic (minocycline HCl, extended-release tablets). The drug is indicated to treat only inflammatory lesions of non-nodular moderate-to-severe acne vulgaris in patients ages 12 years and older.

Impax’s authorized Solodyn generic will be available in 65- and 115-mg dosage strength. The product had U.S. sales of roughly $148 million for the 12 months ended December 2017, according to IQVIA data.

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