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Pa. governor launches Web site to help local consumers find low Rx prices

BY Allison Cerra

HARRISBURG, Pa. A new Web site demonstrated in Harrisburg Tuesday will help consumers find the lowest local prices for more than 300 of the most widely used prescription medications.

The Web site, www.PaRxPricefinder.com, was announced yesterday by Governor Edward G. Rendell as one of his economic recovery and relief initiatives designed to help Pennsylvania families through the tough economic times.

“Prescription costs can take a huge bite out of a family’s tight budget, a bite that can be especially painful during trying economic times,” Governor Rendell said. “This new Web site is a way to help consumers find the lowest price for their medicines at pharmacies that are convenient for them.”

People who use PaRxPriceFinder will be asked for their town or Zip code and the distance they are willing to travel to buy their medication. Users will be asked to provide the name of their prescription drug, or just the first letter if they are unsure of the correct spelling. The list of pharmacies in the designated area selling their specific medicine will be shown, starting with the lowest price first. Consumers will be able to click on the pharmacy they choose for contact information and directions.

 

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Watson, Elan Corp. settle patent infringement suit

BY Alaric DeArment

CORONA, Calif. Generic drug maker Watson Pharmaceuticals has settled with Irish pharmaceutical and biotech company Elan Corp. concerning patent litigation surrounding Watson’s generic version of an Elan drug.

Under the terms of the agreement, Watson will pay Elan $18 million to settle disputes over the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of its generic version of the pain drug Naprelan (naproxen sodium). Watson also agreed not to market or sell its version until the expiration of Elan’s patent for the drug, which will occur in 2014, according to the Food and Drug Administration’s Orange Book.

In August, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that Watson’s generic Naprelan infringed Elan’s ‘320 patent on the drug.

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Centice launches a Web site dedicated to Pass Rx

BY Alaric DeArment

MORRISVILLE, N.C. Centice Corporation has launched a Web site about its Pass Rx dispensing machine.

The company said it developed the site for pharmacists to learn about the Pass Rx system, including how to implement and use it.

“The launch of our new Web site will help get the word out about the availability and benefits of Pass Rx,” Centice president and CEO Ray Swanson said in a statement. “We are very excited to provide our customers with a new venue to learn more about Pass Rx and how the system can benefit their pharmacy by increasing their patients’ safety, improving the quality control process and overall workflow efficiency.”

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