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NHP saves members money with CARExpress program

BY Drew Buono

HORSHAM, Pa. National Health Partners is launching a new CARExpress pharmacy discount program that will provide members discounts on brand name and generic drugs across the country.

The program will be a private-labeled prescription discount plan that features a four-tiered formulary. Tiers 1, 2 and 3 will include all brand and generic drugs that a maximum allowable cost of up to $10, $20 and $40 respectively. Tier 4 will consist of all brand and generic drugs above $40.

Member will be able to use the card at over 50,000 pharmacies and through mail order pharmacies including CVS, Target, Walgreens, Eckerd, Giant and Rite Aid.

The program will begin within the next few weeks and will be offered as a stand-alone program as well as an add-on program to the company’s existing CARExpress health discount programs and CARExpress Plus programs.

National Health Partners president and chief executive officer David Daniels said of the deal that, “We are very excited to add this program to our arsenal of member benefits because the formulary feature enables our members to save more money on their brand name and generic prescriptions than they can under traditional pharmacy discount programs. With this new program, we can now provide our members with some of the very best prescription savings available on the market today.”

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Ziopharm’s Palifosfamide receives orphan designation

BY Drew Buono

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.

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Delhaize banners offer discounted generics

BY DSN STAFF

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.

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