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Nasacort AQ generic enters market

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has begun shipping a generic drug for allergies, partnering company Perrigo said Wednesday.

Triamcinolone acetonide nasal spray is a generic version of Sanofi’s Nasacort AQ and is used to treat nasal symptoms of seasonal and year-round allergies in patients ages 6 years and older. The Food and Drug Administration approved the generic version of the drug in 2009. The generic was made by Barr Labs, which Teva acquired a few years ago.

Nasacort AQ had sales of $226 million during the 12-month period ended in May, according to Wolters Kluwer.

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Tradjenta now available in U.S. pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS — A new oral medication for Type 2 diabetes made by Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim has become available in pharmacies, the companies said Wednesday.

Lilly and BI announced the availability of Tradjenta (linagliptin) in chain and independent pharmacies around the country.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug at the beginning of May, though Lilly ran into trouble when Amylin Pharmaceuticals, with which it developed and markets the injected Type 2 diabetes drug Byetta (exenatide), sued Lilly in federal court in an attempt to keep it from using the same sales force to sell both drugs. Amylin alleged that using the same sales force would violate their Byetta agreement because the drugs would compete, but a judge threw out Amylin’s claims.

“The rapid availability of Tradjenta for adults with Type 2 diabetes following FDA approval is a testament to Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly’s joint commitment to improving patient care,” Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals VP cardiovascular and metabolic disorders Wa’el Hashad said. “The health of patients is our first priority, and we work diligently to ensure our medications are accessible for patients. With just once dose to remember for all patients, Tradjenta is an important new treatment option that could help the millions of Americans living with Type 2 diabetes.”

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Good Neighbor to ‘lend a hand’ to local charities

BY Alaric DeArment

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — The “Today Show” special program “Lend a Hand” will get a hand from one of the country’s largest independent pharmacy networks.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy is supporting the program, which started Monday and continues through Friday. During the program, weatherman Al Roker will travel to Anchorage, Alaska; Houston; Birmingham, Ala.; and Charleston, W.Va., to help local charities.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy, which includes 3,700 independent pharmacies around the country, will supply first-aid kits, personal care items, bottled water and other products based on the charities’ needs, as well as financial donations.

Video of the stops is available at Youtube.com/goodneighborpharmacy.

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