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Lawsuit brought against Abbott over TriCor patenting

BY Drew Buono

WILMINGTON, Del. Abbott Laboratories has been sued by 18 states in federal courts, according to the Associated Press. The states allege the drugmaker blocked generic competition for its cholesterol medication TriCor.

The states allege in U.S. District Court in Wilmington that the companies continuously made minor changes in the formulation of TriCor to prevent cheaper generic versions from being marketed. The complaint seeks triple the amount of damages incurred by the states’ public health agencies and individual consumers.

States involved in the suit are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, and West Virginia.

TriCor had sales of over $1 billion last year for Abbott.

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QLT to sell off Aczone following FDA decision

BY Drew Buono

VANCOUVER, Canada QLT has announced that it will proceed with its plan to sell its topical acne treatment Aczone after the Food and Drug Administration removed key blood monitoring requirements for the treatment, according to Reuters.

The company is selling the drug as part of a multi-step process to return it to its core business of treating eye diseases. Recently the company had been delving into acne and prostate cancer treatments.

Already several companies have expressed interest in Aczone and QLT predicts the drug will be sold within the next quarter or two.

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Safeway offers Shingles vaccination

BY DSN STAFF

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway is offering immunization against Shingles, a disease that commonly affects people over 50 or people with compromised immune systems, at 700 pharmacies in the states of Ark., Calif., Colo., Del., Hawaii, Ind., Ill., Mont., Neb., Nev., Ore., Pa., Texas, Va. ,W.Va. and Wash. The vaccine will be provided on a walk-in basis at in-store pharmacies.

“The only way to prevent against contracting this debilitating disease is to get a single shot. By administering vaccines on site, Safeway is making it easy for anyone to protect themselves,” said Dave Fong, Safeway senior vice president of pharmacy. “Receiving a shingles vaccination is as easy as stopping at the pharmacy during your regular shopping trip.” 

Safeway also offers full-service adult and adolescent immunization services for the prevention of such ailments as tetanus, hepatitis, pneumococcal, meningococcal and more.

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