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FDA grants priority review for crush-resistant, long-acting oxymorphone

BY Alaric DeArment

CHADDS FORD, Pa. The Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review to an opioid painkiller designed to thwart drug abusers.

 

Endo Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday that the FDA would expedite review of its new oral formulation of long-acting oxymorphone, which is designed to be crush-resistant. The FDA expects to take action on the drug in early January.

 

 

The drug is designed to treat moderate to severe chronic pain in patients requiring around-the-clock treatment for a long period of time. It is a tablet designed to resist crushing, breaking, powdering or pulverizing.

 

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Amneal to open new distribution center

BY Alaric DeArment

GLASGOW, Ky. Amneal Pharmaceuticals will have a grand opening of its newly expanded distribution and sales center next week, the generic drug maker said Monday.

 

Amneal announced the grand opening of the center in Glasgow, Ky., set to take place Monday. Representatives from the municipal and state governments, the Tennessee Valley Authority, state legislators and possibly members of Congress are expected to attend.

 

 

Amneal, based in Hauppauge, N.Y., said the center would create nearly 50 new jobs. The $6.6 million center combines existing sales operations in Glasgow and the distribution center in Fountain Run, Ky.

 

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TeleManager’s iRefill app expands to other smart phone platforms

BY Alaric DeArment

NEWARK, N.J. A smart phone application designed to aid customers at retail pharmacies soon will be available for additional smart phone platforms.

 

TeleManager announced that it would make the application, iRefill, available for the Android and Blackberry, in addition to the Microsoft and Apple platforms for which it already is available.

 

 

The application allows users to order prescription refills and pull up information about pharmacies, such as the address, store hours and a "call the pharmacy" option.

 

 

“The iRefill service was an immediate hit with several of my customers,” said Craig McAlister, owner of Conrad Marr Drug in Yukon, Okla., in a statement on behalf of TeleManager. “Not only are they using it to request refills or call my pharmacy, but they are showing their app to [friends] and colleagues.”

 

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