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Sandoz introduces generic Zosyn

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. Sandoz has launched a generic antibiotic drug, the generics division of Swiss drug maker Novartis said Thursday.

 

Sandoz announced the launch of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection. The drug is used to treat moderate to severe infections of bacteria resistant to piperacillin alone but vulnerable to the combination of the two drugs.

 

 

The drug is a generic version of Zosyn, originally made by Wyeth and now distributed by Pfizer, which bought Wyeth last year. Branded and generic versions of the drug had sales of $797 million during the 12-month period ended in August, according to IMS Health.

 

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Mylan gets nod for additional strengths of generic Mirapex

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Mylan generic drug for Parkinson’s disease, Mylan said Thursday.

 

The drug maker announced the approval of pramipexole dihydrochloride tablets in the 0.125-mg, 0.25-mg, 0.5-mg, 1-mg and 1.5-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Mirapex.

 

 

Various versions of the drug had sales of $536 million during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health. Mylan has had approval of a 0.75-mg formulation of the drug since April, and plans to immediately begin shipping the newly approved strengths.

 

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Diplomat takes employees back to school

BY Alaric DeArment

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. A specialty pharmacy provider is creating an online tool to train and educate new and existing employees.

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy announced Wednesday the launch of Diplomat University, saying it would use the Web-based tool as a platform for expanding into clinical trials and outcomes research. The company hired Ferris State University pharmacy professor Jennifer Hagerman to develop and implement programs for the project.

“I started my career in pharmacy as a technician at Diplomat and am thrilled to return as the director of education,” Hagerman said. “I look forward to helping implement educational programs for new and current staff, based on their role and specialty area, so they can continue to provide the best care for our patients.”

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