PHARMACY

Pharmacy technician practice test available online

BY Drew Buono

ST. CHARLES, Mo. The Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians has created a practice test designed to help pharmacy technicians prepare for national certification.

The practice tests offers 50 questions that are similar to those on the ExCPT. Technicians will have 90 minutes to complete the 50 questions. The test is web-based and can be taken anywhere there is Internet access.

Technicians can register for the test from the ICPT main page, www.nationaltechexam.org, or going to nationaltechexam.coursehost.com.

“The test does not confer certification nor does it guarantee or predict results on the ExCPT,” said Ken Schafermeyer, director of education for ICPT. “But this can be one of several means technicians can use to prepare for national certification with ExCPT.”

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Ranbaxy, GSK settle over Imitrex litigation

BY Drew Buono

HARYANA, India Ranbaxy Laboratories has settled litigation with GlaxoSmithKline related to sumatriptan succinate tablets, the generic of GlaxoSmithKline’s drug Imitrex, according to published reports.

The settlement will allow Ranbaxy to exclusively sell the generic for 180 days starting December this year. Under the terms of the settlement, Ranbaxy can distribute a generic version of sumatriptan in 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg doses.

Analysts expect the company to make around $100 million in sumatriptan sales in the U.S. during the exclusivity period. Sumatriptan sales in the U.S. are worth $985 million, according to IMS data.

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FDA delays Kynapid decision pending final review

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VANCOUVER, Canada The Food and Drug Administration has delayed its decision on an application for the heart treatment drug Kynapid, according to published reports. The drug manufacturer Cardiome Pharma and its co-development partner Astellas Pharma US said yesterday that the FDA did not provide an action letter by the expected date of Jan. 19.

The application for Kynapid (vernakalant hydrochloride), based on a five-year clinical development program, was submitted in December 2006. In December 2007, the FDA’s cardiovascular and renal drugs advisory committee voted 6-2 in favor of recommending to the FDA that Kynapid be approved for the rapid conversion of acute atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm.

“While we look forward to the FDA reaching a decision, we respect their need for additional time to review the Kynapid’s application,” said William Fitzsimmons, senior vice-president for research and development at Astellas.

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