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Report: Proposed ballot measure aims to change North Dakota pharmacy law

BY Antoinette Alexander

BISMARK, N.D. — In North Dakota, a proposed ballot measure is on the table that, if approved, would repeal a 50-year-old section of state law that requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists who are licensed in North Dakota, according to a local news report.

North Dakota is the only state in the country with such a requirement and has similar ownership laws for professions such as optometry and dentistry, the Jamestown Sun reported.

The law essentially bans chain retailers like Walgreens and Wal-Mart from operating pharmacies in the state. However, there are some exceptions, including a grandfather clause for chains such as CVS/pharmacy that were in place in North Dakota before July 1, 1963, the article stated.

In order to get the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, sponsors need 13,452 signatures by Aug. 6, the article stated.

In 2010, proponents gathered nearly 14,000 signatures for a similar measure but Secretary of State Al Jaeger rejected the petitions on a technical error because they with the list of petition sponsors, according to the report.
 

 

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Mylan settles patent litigation related to Celebrex capsules

BY Antoinette Alexander

PITTSBURGH — Mylan announced on Monday that it has entered into a settlement and license agreement with Pfizer relating to Mylan’s abbreviated new drug application filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for celecoxib capsules, 50-mg, 100-mg, 200-mg and 400-mg strengths.

This product is the generic version of Celebrex, which is indicated for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, and for the management of acute pain in adults.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mylan will begin selling product at the earliest market formation, however, in any case not later than December. All other terms and conditions of the settlement and license agreement are confidential, and the agreement itself is subject to review by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, Mylan stated.

In addition, Mylan has appealed the decision by the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia denying Mylan’s request for an injunction in its suit against the FDA. Mylan continues to believe that the FDA “seriously erred” in its decision awarding one-party eligibility for 180 days of exclusivity on celecoxib, and will continue with this suit independent of the aforementioned settlement, the company stated.

As reported by Drug Store News, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia denied a motion filed by Mylan and issued an opinion and order affirming a decision by the FDA under which Teva should receive sole 180-day “first-to-file” exclusivity for generic Celebrex (celecoxib) 100-, 200- and 400-mg capsules

For the 12 months ended March 31, 2014, Celebrex had U.S. sales of approximately $2.34 billion, according to IMS Health.

 

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Dollar General celebrates opening of 12th distribution center in Bethal, Pa.

BY Antoinette Alexander

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.— Nearly 1,000 Dollar General employees and their families, company executives and government officials celebrated on Saturday the grand opening of the discount retailer’s 12th distribution center in Bethel, Pa.

Steve Kujovsky, Dollar General’s Bethel Distribution Center director, celebrates the grand opening of the company’s 12th distribution center alongside Dollar General executives today in Bethel, Pa. (Photo: Business Wire)

Located in Berks County, the distribution center represents a local investment of approximately $100 million and the creation of 500 local jobs, the company stated.

“Dollar General is excited to celebrate the grand opening of our Bethel distribution center,” stated Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General. “Our presence in Pennsylvania represents another opportunity to help our stores better serve our customers. We also look forward to a longstanding partnership with the Bethel community as we continue to be focused on our mission of serving others.”

Dollar General announced plans to build the 930,000 square foot facility in 2012 and broke ground on the facility in fall 2012 with Kinsley Construction. It began shipping products in January and is currently scheduled to serve more than 1,000 stores in seven states throughout the Midwest and Northeast at full capacity.

“Our keystone location to markets, improving infrastructure and workforce of more than 6.4 million of the hardest working people in America drive companies like Dollar General to locate and invest in Pennsylvania,” stated Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “My administration is proud to partner with Dollar General in bringing 500 new jobs to Berks County.”

Dollar General’s other distribution centers are located in Scottsville, Ky.; Ardmore, Okla.; South Boston, Va.; Indianola, Miss.; Fulton, Mo.; Jonesville, S.C.; Alachua, Fla.; Zanesville, Ohio; Marion, Ind.; Bessemer, Ala., and Lebec, Calif.

 

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