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FDA tentatively approves generic Crestor

BY Alaric DeArment

MUMBAI, India The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a generic cholesterol drug made by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries.

Sun announced Wednesday the tentative approval of rosuvastatin calcium tablets in the 5-mg, 10-mg, 20-mg and 40-mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of AstraZeneca’s Crestor, which had annual sales of around $3.4 billion in the United States, according to Sun. Sun did not disclose when it would begin marketing its version of the drug, though Crestor will lose patent protection for use in adults in December 2021, according to FDA data.

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Subsequent offering period expires for Sun Pharma

BY Allison Cerra

MUMBAI, India Sun Pharmaceutical Industries’ subsequent offering period by one of its subsidiaries for all outstanding ordinary shares for drug maker Taro has expired, Sun Pharma said Wednesday.

Sun subsidiary Alkaloida Chemical Company Exclusive Group was informed that 29,382 ordinary shares of Taro had been tendered as of Tuesday. During the pendency of the subsequent offering period, no additional shares have been tendered. All tendered ordinary shares were accepted for payment.

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Boo-boos be gone with Smith & Nephew’s No-Sting Skin-Prep spray

BY Allison Cerra

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Smith & Nephew has created a liquid film-forming dressing that dries in less than 30 seconds.

The company’s alcohol-free No-Sting Skin-Prep spray has a four-day wear time and leaves a clear, waterproof, breathable and conformable barrier that allows for visual assessment of the periwound area.

 

"Our new No-Sting Skin-Prep spray enhances patient comfort because it is conformable, protects the skin from incontinence and friction, and won’t irritate damaged skin," said Tom Dugan, president of the North American wound management divsion at Smith & Nephew. "For the caregiver, the fast-drying spray offers quick and easy application, and long-lasting products save time and money. No-Sting Skin-Prep spray can help protect vulnerable skin, reducing the risk of costly infections. The addition of No-Sting Skin-Prep spray to our liquid film-forming dressing line and our broad portfolio of trusted wound care brands reflects our commitment to providing solutions that promote positive patient outcomes and cost-effective patient care."

 

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