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FDA approves Sanofi lice treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a head lice treatment made by Sanofi, the drug maker said.

Sanofi announced the approval of Sklice (ivermectin) lotion in the 0.5% strength for patients ages 6 months and older. According to Sanofi, head lice infest an estimated 6 to 12 million children ages 3 to 11 years and costs as much as $1 billion in lost school days and lost work for parents.

"The approval of Sklice lotion provides physicians and parents with a new treatment option for head lice, a condition that is notoriously frustrating to treat," Sanofi-Topaz general manager Kenneth Guito said. "Through a unique mode of action, Sklice lotion resolves most head lice infestations in one application and is very well-tolerated."


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Winn-Dixie to offer free cholesterol screenings, guides this month

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie is putting an emphasis on heart health by highlighting its pharmacy offerings.

The company said guests can receive free cholesterol screenings at Winn-Dixie pharmacies and is partnering with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to offer a free treating high cholesterol guide, which is available in English and Spanish, in honor of American Heart Month.

“As part of the healthcare team, your Winn-Dixie pharmacist plays a significant role in the management and prevention of cardiovascular disease,” Winn-Dixie VP pharmacy John Fegan said. “With pharmacies in a majority of our stores, Winn-Dixie is distinctively positioned to offer guests expert consultation, disease prevention information and medications alongside an abundant selection of heart healthy meal and dietary solutions.”

To learn more about additional pharmacy services offered at Winn-Dixie can be found here.


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Amber Pharmacy adopts Armada’s prior authorization system

BY Alaric DeArment

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Specialty pharmacy company Amber Pharmacy has implemented a prior authorization system provided by Armada Health Care, Amber said.

Amber announced that it had incorporated Armada’s Web-based ApproveRx system into its daily pharmacy operations, saying that it would help simplify the prior authorization process for prescribers and pharmacies. Prior authorizations have traditionally required extra staffing time and resources to locate the correct form from thousands of different insurance forms varying by drug, payer and plan.

"Prescribers and pharmacies of all sizes are utilizing our ApproveRx.com site to improve their operational efficiencies and address the challenges of the prior authorization process," Armada CEO Lawrence Irene said. "ApproveRx instantaneously produces the correct insurance form for the drug entered by payer and plan. The process can be completed online and submitted by the user with a stroke of a key or printed for traditional faxing to the insurance carrier."


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