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ISMP to launch medication safety Web site

BY Alaric DeArment

HORSHAM, Pa. An upcoming Web site will let consumers play a role in medication safety.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has announced that it will soon launch www.consumermedsafety.org, an interactive Web site designed to promote medication safety among consumers.

ISMP homes the Web site will improve collaboration and communication between patients and providers, health literacy, adherence to medication regimens and health outcomes related to medication use.

Features will include sections devoted to preventing medication efforts, medical and drug dictionaries, a news and events section, a section for checking drug interactions and general information about health and diseases.

A visit to the Consumer Med Safety Web site on Thursday turned up an unedited GoDaddy.com page.

Based in the Philadelphia suburb of Horsham, the ISMP is an organization that works to prevent medication errors and promote safe use of medication.

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Florida e-prescribing organization releases registered vendor list

BY Alaric DeArment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ePrescribe Florida, an organization that assists pharmacies in adopting electronic prescription systems, released a list of registered vendor solutions Tuesday.

Registered vendors made the list by meeting a set of e-prescribing and patient-safety criteria, such as alerting customers about potential interactions between drugs and allergies, as well as meeting Medicare electronic prescription standards. The list of 13 vendors includes H2H Solutions, iScribe, MedPlus, Misys Healthcare Systems and NextGen Healthcare.

ePrescribe Florida comprises various pharmacies, physicians, insurers, health-care improvement organizations and other organizations and professionals.

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Cephalon sues Watson over Fentora patent

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Drug maker Cephalon alleges that Watson infringed on its patent by developing a generic equivalent to its drug, Fentora.

Fentora (fentanyl citrate) is used to treat pain in cancer patients and received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in September 2006.

Watson applied for FDA approval of its generic version in April. In response, Cephalon filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware on June 2, asserting that Watson had infringed on patents ‘604 and ‘590, both of which expire in 11 years.

Fentora recorded sales of $135 million in 2007.

The FDA has, however, granted approval for Watson’s application for a generic version of KV Pharmaceutical’s Micro-K Extencaps in 600 mg and 750 mg doses.

The company that is now Wyeth sold global rights and the trademark for Micro-K to KV for $36 million in 1999. Micro-K had sales of $80 between March 2007 and March 2008, according to IMS Health data.

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