Kroger expands discount drug program
CINCINNATI With several supermarket chains in the U.S. starting and expanding generic prescription drug discount programs, The Kroger Co. is doing the same.
Starting May 14, Kroger will expand the discount drug program at its in-store pharmacies, which began offering 30-day supplies of generic drugs for $4 last fall. The expanded program will increase the number of drugs offered to more than 300 and offer 90-day supplies for $10.
The company will also offer more women’s health generics, which will cost $9 for 30-day supplies and $24 for 90-day supplies. These include the breast cancer drug tamoxifen and the osteoporosis drug Alendronate.
The program will be available at most Kroger supermarkets, as well as QFC, Ralphs, Dillons, Fred Meyer and and the price-impact warehouse chain Food 4 Less.
Ziopharm’s Palifosfamide receives orphan designation
NEW YORK Ziopharm Oncology has received orphan drug approval from the Food and Drug Administration for Palifosfamide, for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma, according to published reports.
Ziopharm will receive seven years of exclusivity of marketing for the drug once it has been approved, as well as an accelerated review process, grant funding, tax benefits, and an exemption from other fees.
Ziopharm’s chief executive Jonathan Lewis said that the drug stands to bring in as much as $400 million in revenues annually in the U.S. alone once it is approved. “Developing drugs for rare diseases is going to become increasingly more important because more and more the way we define diseases is into smaller and smaller subsets,” said Lewis. “In addition, we are looking to develop this for other indications starting with sarcoma.”
The intravenous form of Palifosfamide is currently in phase II studies and the oral form is expected to enter Phase I studies in early 2009.
Delhaize banners offer discounted generics
LAS VEGAS Shoppers at several supermarket chains in the eastern U.S. can buy hundreds of generic drugs at a discount.
Belgian food retailer Delhaize Group is offering a generic drug discount program at several of its U.S. chains, including Nashville, Ga.-based Harveys Supermarkets, Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion, Tampa, Fla.-based Sweetbay Supermarkets and Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford Bros.
Participating stores offer 30-day and 90-day supplies of hundreds of generic drugs, though Harveys only offers 90-day supplies. Sweetbay offers more than 400 drugs, including the psychiatric drug haloperidol, thyroid hormone levothyroxine and respiratory drug albuterol, charging $4 for 30-day supplies and $10.99 for 90-day supplies.