FDA approves Sun ulcer drug
MUMBAI, India — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries for ulcers, Sun said.
Sun announced the approval of lansoprazole delayed-release capsules in the 15-mg and 30-mg strengths.
The drug is a generic version of Takeda’s Prevacid delayed-release capsules, which are used for treatment lasting up to four weeks for healing and symptom relief of active duodenal ulcers.
Various versions of the drug have annual sales of about $430 million per year, according to Sun.
NACDS’ Anderson: Pharmacies’ trust ‘shines through again’ with ACA
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — “Pharmacies’ efforts to help patients understand aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are demonstrating yet again the value of pharmacies as the face of neighborhood healthcare.” That was a key message that National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson expressed in a recent opinion piece.
In the piece, dated Sept. 13, Anderson discusses how pharmacies are being responsive to patients who are asking questions about what the Affordable Care Act means for them. Recognizing the trust that patients place in their pharmacies with regard to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, chain pharmacies are helping patients understand the law.
“In the implementation of both the ACA (enacted with a Democratic president in the White House) and Medicare Part D (enacted with a Republican president in the White House), pharmacies did what they have done for generations — served as a trusted resource for the patients they serve,” Anderson wrote.
To read the entire opinion piece, click here.
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Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition warns against APAP overdose as cold-flu season approaches
WASHINGTON — The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition last week issued their annual call for consumers to "Double Check, Don’t Double Up" their cold medicines for acetaminophen content in an effort to avoid accidental overdose.
Acetaminophen is found in more than 600 different medicines, the Coalition noted. Taking more than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.
Members of the AAC include the Alliance for Aging Research, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, American Academy of Physicians Assistants, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Consumers League, American Pharmacists Association, National Council on Patient Information and Education and CHPA Educational Foundation.