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Spokane sees rash of painkiller robberies

BY Alaric DeArment

SPOKANE, Wash. Pharmacies in this city in Eastern Washington have seen an increase in robberies lately, but the robbers are demanding prescription painkillers instead of money, according to the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

Two weeks ago, police arrested and jailed some of the robbers two weeks ago, but a week later, a Rite Aid store was robbed.

Police said the robbers are mostly addicts rather than drug dealers, and they usually demand OxyContin (oxycodone) pills. The company that makes the drug, Purdue Pharma, has created a program called Pattern Analysis Tracking Robberies and Other Losses, or RxPATROL, which shares information with police and Crime Stoppers.

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Bayer denies takeover rumors

BY Alaric DeArment

FRANKFURT, Germany Reports of Bayer’s imminent takeover appear greatly exaggerated.

The company’s chief executive officer told a German newspaper that it would not be taken over, amid rumors last week that Pfizer sought to acquire it. But Bayer has a number of drugs in its research pipeline, while many of Pfizer’s blockbuster drugs will soon go off patent, facing competition from generic drug makers.

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MyMedSchedule now available to the public

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS A service that helps people with organ transplants manage their medication schedules has become available to the public.

MyMedSchedule used to be available only in hospitals, reminding organ transplant recipients to take their medications and helping them avoid errors. People who have received transplants often must take several drugs to avoid rejection of the new organs.

Companies such as Community Health Network and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists offer similar services.

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