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Suit to block approval of generic Copaxone dismissed

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Teva Pharmaceutical on Wednesday was denied in its suit to block approval of Mylan’s and Sandoz’ generic Copaxone, a multiple sclerosis drug, 10 days before the patent on the medication expires, according to a Bloomberg report published Thursday morning

The court ruled that the suit had been filed prematurely and could be refiled at a later date, according to the report. 

According to the report, Teva is appealing a 2013 dismissal of Teva’s suits against Mylan and Sandoz for infringing patents covering Copaxone. That case is pending before the Supreme Court.

 

 

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AmerisourceBergen names Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson to board

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Thursday announced that Gregory Wasson, president and CEO of Walgreens, has been elected to its board of directors, effective immediately. The election of Wasson expanded the company’s board of directors to 11 members. Wasson has not been appointed to serve on any committees of the board.

Walgreens was entitled to designate a director to the AmerisourceBergen board of directors as part of the strategic long-term relationship the company entered into with Walgreens and Alliance Boots in March of 2013. “We are very pleased to have Greg join the AmerisourceBergen board of directors,” stated Richard Gozon, chairman of the board of AmerisourceBergen. “His extensive healthcare experience, strategic vision, and commitment to working collaboratively to drive growth and shareholder value for both AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens, will make Greg a tremendous asset to the board.”

Wasson is currently the president and CEO of Walgreens, and has served on the Walgreens board of directors since 2009. A graduate of Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy, Wasson has served in a number of senior management and executive positions throughout his 33-year career with Walgreens, including president and COO of Walgreens from May 2007 to February 2009, EVP from October 2005 to May 2007, SVP from February 2004 to October 2005 and VP from October 2001 to February 2004. He was also president of Walgreens Health Services from March 2002 to May 2007. Wasson has served as a director of Alliance Boots since August 2012 and of Verizon Communications since March 2013.

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CVS Caremark inks new clinical affiliations with four regional health systems

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has entered into new clinical affiliations with four regional health systems — Hartford HealthCare in Connecticut; Memorial Health in Georgia, and Lahey Health and Baystate Health in Massachusetts — representing the first clinical affiliations to include clinical collaborations with MinuteClinic combined with data on interventions performed by CVS pharmacists.

Through these clinical affiliations, the patients of these health systems will receive access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring, and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic. In addition, CVS Caremark will provide prescription and visit information to those health systems through the integration of EMR systems.

"We look forward to working with these health systems to develop collaborative programs that improve patient outcomes, lower costs and help people on their path to better health," stated Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer, CVS Caremark. "Through these clinical affiliations, we will also be integrating our electronic medical records and information systems to enable us to support patients with medication counseling and chronic disease monitoring."

The participating health systems will receive data on interventions conducted by CVS pharmacists to improve medication adherence for patients. The affiliation also encourages collaboration between the health systems and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at MinuteClinic locations. Physicians affiliated with the participating health systems will collaborate with MinuteClinic nurse practitioners to work closely on joint clinical programs and care coordination activities. If more comprehensive care is needed, patients can follow up with their primary care provider and have access to the services at the health system as appropriate. For those patients who do not have regular access to health care, MinuteClinic provides assistance in finding a primary care physician and a greater opportunity for continuity of health care services.

"Finding cost-effective ways to increase access to care continues to be important, especially in this era of health care reform, and we are pleased to work together with these health systems to help coordinate comprehensive care for their patients," added Brennan. "Many patients rely on their local pharmacist for information and support regarding their prescription medications and these affiliations enable CVS pharmacists to help improve affiliated systems’ patients’ health outcomes through better medication adherence. MinuteClinic also plays an important role by providing patients with timely, affordable and high-quality walk-in health care."

The new clinical affiliations announced here bring the total number of health system affiliations for CVS Caremark and MinuteClinic to 36 health systems across the country, and, as noted earlier, the four new affiliations represent the first to include clinical collaborations with MinuteClinic combined with data on interventions performed by CVS pharmacists.

 

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