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Oxecta now commercially available

BY Allison Cerra

PALATINE, Ill. — A pain medication that utilizes Acura Pharmaceuticals’ Aversion technology now is commercially available.

Acura said it was informed by Pfizer that Oxecta has hit the market in 5-mg and 7.5-mg strengths, which will be sold in 100-count bottles. Oxecta is indicated for the management of acute and chronic moderate to severe pain where the use of an opioid analgesic is appropriate.

"The commercial availability of Oxecta is an important milestone and we are pleased Pfizer continues to advance the commercialization plan for Oxecta," Acura CEO Bob Jones said.

Acura has exclusively licensed the Aversion technology to Pfizer in the United States, Canada and Mexico for use in four opioid-based pain products.


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Upsher-Smith launches prenatal vitamin to relieve morning sickness

BY Alaric DeArment

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Drug maker Upsher-Smith Labs has launched a prenatal vitamin designed to help relieve morning sickness, the company said Monday.

Upsher-Smith announced the launch of B-Nexa, which contains B vitamins and ginger to help calm morning sickness, known medically as nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, which affects 83% of pregnant women throughout the day, according to medical experts.

"B-Nexa is a new option in the prenatal nutrition market that has been designed to help calm nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, with vitamin B6 and ginger, while also providing women with essential folic acid," Upsher-Smith senior director of medical affairs Wesley Mark Todd said. "With the launch of B-Nexa, Upsher-Smith is pleased to have another opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to women’s prenatal health."


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Four-legged family members can reap Rx benefits at Houston-area Kroger stores

BY Allison Cerra

HOUSTON — Pet medications now are available at all Kroger pharmacies in the Houston area, the company said.

Customers with four-legged family members now can pick up their pets’ prescriptions at the pharmacy counter. Popular medications, such as Frontline Plus and Rimadyl Chewables, are available, as well as $4 and $10 generic medications.

This offering, however, isn’t a first for the company. Kroger affiliate KPF Insurance Services partnered with PetFirst Healthcare to offer pet insurance underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corp.

According to a recent survey conducted by Kroger, about 1-in-10 dog or cat owners is willing to spend more than $3,000 on medical procedures if it meant that their pet could be saved, while 61% of those surveyed said they would be willing to spend between $100 and $1,000 to save their pets’ life, and an additional 15% is comfortable spending between $1,000 and $3,000 for lifesaving medical care for their pet.

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