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Mylan launches generic Cleocin

BY David Salazar
PITTSBURGH — Mylan on Friday launched its generic of Cleocin (clindamycin palmitate hydrochloride) solution. The drug is indicated to treat serious infections caused by susceptible anaerobic bacteria and susceptible strains of streptococci, pneumococci and staphylococci when less toxic alternatives aren’t appropriate. 
 
The product had U.S. sales of about $30.9 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, according to IMS Health. Mylan’s generic will be available as a 75 mg/5 mL oral solution. 
 
Today’s launch is the fifth for Mylan in a week, having earlier launched generics of Vidaza injection and Rythmol capsules, as well as the first generics of Nuvigil and 50-mg Doryx
 
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Ky. WellCare, Ky. Pharmacists Assn. team on naloxone access

BY David Salazar
TAMPA, Fla. and LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two Kentucky health organizations have teamed up in an effort to provide naloxone to patients who need it. WellCare Kentucky — a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans — is making 1,000 twist-on naloxone nasal atomizers available for free, and pharmacists will provide them to Medicaid recipients and patients who don’t have insurance without a prescription, to be given to parents, spouses, roommates or friends to administer in case of an emergency. 
 
“WellCare and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association are being proactive in helping people battle opioid addiction,” WellCare SVP, division president and Medicaid product Kelly Munson said. “We believe in educating toward prevention, assisting and treating when needed, and being ready in cases of emergency.”
 
The atomizers are foam cones that can twist onto the naloxone syringe and allows the drug to be delivered as a nasal spray rather than as an injection. Pharmacists began picking up the atomizers Friday in Louisville. Medicaid recipients and individuals without insurance who want to receive a take-home naloxone with an atomizer can check with their local pharmacy for availability, and those who don’t receive Medicaid benefits can check with their health insurer for information about how to get naloxone.
 
“It's important for family and friends of people struggling with opioid addiction, especially those who are recovering, to have access to naloxone in an easy-to-use application,” Kentucky Pharmacists Association president Chris Clifton said. “We are grateful to WellCare of Kentucky for their generous contribution, which absolutely can save lives.”
 
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Teva launches generic Lescol

BY David Salazar
NORTH WALES, Pa. — Teva Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced the launch of its generic Lescol XL (fluvastatin sodium) extended-release tablets. The drug is indicated to treat high cholesterol and triglycerides. 
 
“Our customers count on Teva for a continuous supply of new generic products,” Teva SVP and general manager U.S. generics Maureen Cavanaugh said. “With the launch of Fluvastatin Sodium Extended-Release Tablets, we add another quality product to our broad line of affordable generic pharmaceuticals.”
 
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