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Mylan launches first Targretin generic

BY David Salazar

PITTSBURGH — Mylan announced Thursday that it had launched its generic version of Valeant’s Targretin (bexarotene) 75-mg capsules. The medication, which IMS Health says generated $155.5 million in sales in the 12 months ending March 31, is intended to treat patients with cutaneous t-cell lymphoma and who are refractory to at least one prior systemic therapy.

“Mylan's launch of the first and only generic Targretin is another example of our commitment to expand access to high quality, more affordable medicines,” Mylan CEO Heather Bresch said. “The launch also strengthens Mylan's growing oncology franchise of more than 30 approved oncology treatments, and associated supportive care and diagnostic products in the U.S. We look forward to continue meeting patient, payor and provider needs in this space.”

Mylan currently has 270 ANDAs waiting for FDA approval, 47 of which are firt-to-file opportunities. 

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(Giving) Back to school: Cardinal Health shows commitment to pharmacy education with additional $1 million scholarship fund

BY Antoinette Alexander

Pictured above: 2014 participants of the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program

LAS VEGAS — As part of its continued commitment to the practice of pharmacy and the future of the profession, Cardinal Health this year will award a total of more than $1 million to 10 pharmacy schools across the country through its Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program.

“We understand the impact independent pharmacists have on their communities, and the significant role they play in providing cost-effective care that improves patients’ health,” said Jon Giacomin, CEO Cardinal Health's Pharmaceutical segment. “Supporting future community pharmacy leaders through this scholarship program is an honor, and we continue to be inspired by the next generation of innovative, patient-focused pharmacy owners as they begin serving their communities.”

In addition, all scholarship recipients receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a pharmacy ownership workshop at the University of South Carolina. Cardinal Health provides the funds to the schools, which, in turn, select the students. The scholarships are intended for fourth and fifth year pharmacy students who have demonstrated an interest in independent pharmacy through their coursework, extracurricular activities and residencies.

The schools selected to participate in the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program were chosen based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. All of the schools offer curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy, support student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association, endorse internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies and demonstrate high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings.

This year’s winning Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program schools include:

Lipscomb University, Nashville

North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.

Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio

• Samford University, Birmingham, Ala.

South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.

• Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.

Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif.

Wingate University, Wingate, N.C.

In the last four years, Cardinal Health has donated a total of more than $5 million to 28 universities through the program.

Drug Store News will be covering all the action at Cardinal Health RBC 2015 in a series of exclusive daily editions, in both print and digital formats. To keep up with all of the highlights, visit DrugStoreNews.com/Cardinal-Health-RBC or follow #RBCWin on Twitter.

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ACPE accredits Western New England University College of Pharmacy

BY Lesley Thulin

SPRINGFIELD, M.A. — The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has fully accredited Western New England University College of Pharmacy.

“I am certain that the College of Pharmacy will be a nationally recognized leader in pharmacy education,” Western New England University President Anthony S. Caprio said. “The College of Pharmacy has developed an innovative curriculum under the remarkable leadership of Dean Evan Robinson, who has successfully recruited a highly talented faculty, to bring the College to this accreditation recognition.”

The college graduated its first class of Doctor of Pharmacy students in May.

“From the earliest stages of this endeavor everyone came together to develop the academic program literally from the ground up,” Evan Robinson, dean of the College of Pharmacy, said.

The first class of students consisted of about 75 students per year.

ACPE noted the strength of the college’s professional development sequence and the emphasis it places on professionalism.

The college is located within the 127,000-square-foot Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, which opened in January 2011.

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