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FDA approves new vial size for Privigen

BY Alaric DeArment

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new vial size for a drug made by CSL Behring to treat a bleeding disorder and an immune disorder, the company said Thursday.

The company announced the approval of a 40 g vial size for Privigen (immune globulin intravenous [human]), used to treat primary immunodeficiency and chronic immune thrombocytopenic purport. The company said the new vial size would simplify preparation and administration of the drug when high volumes are provided. In addition to the new vial size, scheduled for introduction in June, the drug will be available in 5 g, 10 g and 20 g sizes.

"CSL Behring strives to bring new innovations to the healthcare marketplace and deliver products that enhance the patient experience," CSL Behring SVP research and development Val Romberg said. "The 40-gram vial size for Privigen continues that commitment by reducing the complexity of administration and increasing time savings for healthcare providers."


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CVS/pharmacy revamps private-label products

BY Alaric DeArment

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is making some changes to its Gold Emblem food product line, including enhanced ingredients and new flavors, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

The line has been revamped with more options and a new look. Gold Emblem includes more than 250 products, such as nuts, trail mixes, chips, pretzels, dried candies, cookies, spices, juices, condiments, baking products and breakfast bars. CVS introduced it in 1995, making it one of the first private-label food lines created by a major drug store chain.

"At CVS/pharmacy, we are committed to providing our customers with high-quality store brand product lines at a great value," CVS/pharmacy SVP merchandising Judy Sansone said. "With this in mind, we have reintroduced our Gold Emblem brand with enhanced ingredients, new recipes and an updated design and packaging. As part of our ongoing effort to exceed our customers expectations, we have also incorporated an in-depth taste-testing process for each item within the Gold Emblem line."


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AP: Oklahoma legislator files bill requiring PBMs to get a state license from state pharmacy board

BY Michael Johnsen

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislation that would require pharmacy benefit managers to seek licensure from the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy if they were to distribute medicines to Oklahoma residents was introduced on Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report

Oklahoma Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, a Walmart pharmacist and the bill’s sponsor, suggested the measure would bring PBMs under state oversight for the first time. "We’ve got somebody out there who’s making life decisions for you and your constituents that are not regulated in the state of Oklahoma," Derby told the House Public Health Committee, according to the AP report. "They are totally unregulated," he said, noting that PBMs filling prescriptions through their mail order can adhere to out-of-state regulations even though the prescription has been written for a Oklahoma resident. 

Any pharmacy that mails prescriptions to Oklahoma must be licensed, though a PBM doesn’t, the AP reported. 

 

 

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