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Sandoz announces generic Differin gel

BY Ryan Chavis

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz on Monday announced the introduction of its adapalene 0.3% gel, a generic version of Differin gel, 0.3% from Galderma Labs. Adapalene gel is a retinoid and is used for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients ages 12 years and older.

"Sandoz is proud to market a high-quality, affordable generic version of this important topical therapy,” said Peter Goldschmidt, president of Sandoz U.S. “This launch further broadens our strong offering of differentiated generic dermatology products in the United States.”

Sandoz will market the gel through a collaboration with Tolmar Inc., which owns the abbreviated new drug application for the product and was the first company to receive FDA approval for a generic equivalent.

Sandoz will market the adapalene 0.3% gel in 45 gram tubes. U.S. sales for Differin gel 0.3% in 45-g tubes was approximately $87 million for the 12 months ending December 2013, according to IMS Health.

 

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McKesson Specialty Health integrates distribution services

BY Ryan Chavis

THE WOODLANDS, Texas & SUMMIT, N.J. — McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corp., last week announced the integration of its distribution services with General Medical Services' Physician Office Drug Inventory System. The alliance creates the first end-to-end integrated iventory and order-to-reimbursement verification solution designed for ophthalmologists.

“Integrating our extensive services with the feature-rich PODIS system gives ophthalmology practices a powerful end-to-end solution to support and optimize business health,” said Shawn Seamans, VP and general manager of multi-specialty for McKesson Specialty Health. “Ophthalmologists and their staff now have seamless access to key pharmaceuticals at competitive prices with simplicity, accuracy and transparency every step of the process. This gives practices more control than ever before while reducing costly staff time devoted to ordering, inventory management and payment verification. We are pleased to join with General Medical Services (GMS) to offer this innovative solution that will help keep our mutual customers at the forefront of excellent, efficient quality care,” he added.

Ophthalmology providers will now be able to take advantage of numerous benefits under the new integrated inventory solution, which includes increased efficiency with automated ordering functionality as well as real time order tracking and direct payment.

“Drug inventory control has become an important aspect of ophthalmology practice management. As the leading inventory management solution provider in ophthalmology, we are excited to offer this unique solution with McKesson Specialty Health," GMS CEO Steven Madreperla, MD, PhD said. " For the first time, ophthalmology providers have seamless access to a full spectrum of specialty drugs through an optimized system that tracks each dose from order to payment receipt, taking drug management to new levels of performance. We are confident this will result in overall cost savings to the practice."

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Debbie Allen, Janssen Pharmaceuticals team up for health-and-wellness program

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RARITAN, N.J. — Debbie Allen, an Emmy-award winning actress and choreographer is teaming up with dancers from the television dance competition "So You Think You Can Dance" and Janssen Pharmaceuticals to launch T2 Dance Crew, a national education and wellness program that encourages people with Type 2 diabetes to increase physical activity as part of managing their condition.

“I saw firsthand how challenging it was for my dad to manage his Type 2 diabetes,” Allen said. “He tried to make some changes in his lifestyle, but the one thing I couldn’t get him to do was exercise more. That’s why I joined the T2 Dance Crew campaign. We are showing millions of people how taking small steps, like dancing, can make a meaningful difference in managing diabetes. The best part is — everybody can dance, and it’s fun!”   

Program resources are available in both English and Spanish online at T2DanceCrew.com. Allen joins "So You Think You Can Dance" fan favorites Fik-Shun and Janette Manarara to share inspirational stories and lead instructional dance videos. Additionally, the T2 Dance Crew will host a series of local events that feature live dance classes taught by Fik-Shun and Manrara, health screenings and diabetes education across the country.

“Type 2 diabetes is a complex disease typically requiring lifestyle changes such as managing body weight that can often seem overwhelming,” said Richard Aguilar, M.D., Medical Director of Diabetes Nation. “I tell my patients to initially set realistic goals and develop a step-wise management plan that delivers results you can see, feel and build upon every day. The T2 Dance Crew can reach millions with these important and useful messages to motivate people to work with their healthcare provider and start taking small steps to better manage their diabetes.”

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