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Study published in American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse vets Acura Pharmaceutical’s Nexafed formulation

BY Michael Johnsen

PALATINE, Ill. — Acura Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced a study, published in the September issue of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, that validates the ability of Nexafed to uniquely disrupt the extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine into methamphetamine. The study also confirms that Nexafed delivers the same efficacy compared to other similar PSE products, Acura claimed. 

"Nexafed, with its unique Impede technology, was specifically developed to address two key issues: to treat nasal congestion and to fight illicit meth production," stated Albert Brzeczko, lead study author and VP technical affairs with Acura Pharmaceuticals. "With the outcome of this research, we are pleased to confirm that it is effective on both fronts."

When simulating large scale manufacturing to extract and convert pure PSE into meth, researchers found that Nexafed’s Impede technology yielded no measurable PSE extraction. 

When tested under the popular "one-pot" conversion method, however, the study indicated that current Impede technology tablets had an approximate 38% yield. Currently, Acura Pharmaceuticals is improving its present formulation and developing new Impede 2.0 technology, which yields no measurable amount of meth with the one-pot conversion method in initial testing of a prototype formulation by an outside laboratory.

 

 

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Fred’s Super Dollar: August sales relatively flat as compared to year-ago

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Super Dollar on Wednesday posted sales of $140 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 31. Sales were $139.9 million in the year-ago period. 

Comparable-store sales for the month were approximately flat versus a decline of 2.8% in the same period last year.

"Sales were adversely affected by an unfavorable calendar shift, with no first of the month in fiscal August," stated Bruce Efird, Fred’s CEO. "Despite this shift, several departments performed well in August, most notably pharmacy," he said. 

During the month, Fred’s opened a new Xpress pharmacy location and closed one store location.


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NCPA calls on pharmacists to tweet in a ‘Tweet-a-Thon,’ recognizing the occupation’s contribution to health care

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The National Community Pharmacists Association recently put out a call for pharmacists to participate in an Oct. 3 "Tweet-a-Thon: Pharmacists Helping Patients."

"Please join pharmacists around the world for a day of celebrating their contributions to health care and our communities," the association stated. "Every day, pharmacists quietly and efficiently help patients in many ways and in many diverse practice settings. For one day, the world will hear about it on Twitter."

On Oct. 3 participating pharmacists will tweet about the real things they are doing or did that day to help patients, other health professionals and their communities by using the hashtag #Pharmacist on Twitter. 


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