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Sandoz launches generic Diovan tabs

BY Ryan Chavis

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz on Monday announced the launch of valsartan tablets, an authorized generic version of Diovan tablets. The drug is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. Sandoz previously launched an authorized generic version of Diovan HCT (valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide) in 2012. Both drugs are marketed in by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

“We are pleased to offer authorized generic versions of these leading anti-hypertensive medicines, which together represent the number one prescribed branded ARB medicine in the US,” said Peter Goldschmidt, president of Sandoz. “This important partnership with our colleagues at NPC is further evidence of the key role played by Sandoz and Novartis in increasing patient access to high-quality healthcare.”

Net sales for Diovan and Diovan HCT in 2013 were approximately $1.7 billion. Sandoz will market generic Diovan in 40-mg, 80-mg, 160-mg and 320-mg dosage strengths.

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CVS/pharmacy stops sales in 90 stores of some cold meds containing PSE

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has replaced certain single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products with the tamper-resistant PSE product, Zephrex-D, in all of its West Virginia stores, as well as stores in nearby states that are located within 15 miles of West Virginia's border, including Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The move, which was effective as of June 20, was implemented in more than 90 stores.

PSE is an active ingredient found in many cold, allergy, and sinus medicines to provide congestion relief but it can also be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.



 

“We took this step as part of our long-standing commitment to assuring that PSE products are purchased at our stores only for legitimate medical purposes. By replacing the single ingredient products that are preferred in the making of meth with a tamper-resistant version in these stores, our customers continue to have access to a single ingredient PSE product for legitimate purposes,” the company stated in a statement sent to Drug Store News. “This step also follows our decision earlier this year to be the first pharmacy in West Virginia to follow the state board of pharmacy's recommendation to voluntarily reduce the amount of PSE products that may be purchased to just half of what is permitted under state law."

According to a report in The Charleston Gazette, Ride Aid and Fruth Pharmacy stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medications in West Virginia last year. And Walgreens reportedly has plans to also stop such sales in the state.
 

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SheaMoisture adds pre-natal collection to offerings

BY Antoinette Alexander

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — SheaMoisture has expanded its portfolio with a new pre-natal collection made with natural and certified organic ingredients. Enter the new Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy collection.

The new collection was created from family recipes carried down from founder and CEO Richelieu Dennis’ grandmother, Sofi Tucker. SheaMoisture is the legacy of Tucker, who when widowed a young age, sold her handcrafted shea butter preparations throughout Sierra Leone to support her children. She became known as a healer throughout the countryside.
 

 


Each product contains certified organic raw shea butter sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, which moisturizes and aids in repairing skin with vitamins and essential fatty acids. The products also contain amazonia cupuaçu, which helps protect, soften and soothe, and pistachio oil, rich in vitamin E and phytosterols to nourish and protect skin. The products are free of parabens, phthalates, paraffin, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA, sulfates, silicones, synthetic fragrance and artificial coloring.  

The collection includes:


  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Butter Cream (suggested retail price is $12.99);
  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Intensive Repair Oil (SRP: $14.99);
  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Soothing Nursing Balm (SRP: $14.99);
  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Firming Massage Lotion (SRP: $9.99); and
  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy All Over Body Scrub (SRP: $12.99).
     

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