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Target offers flavored medications for kids

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS Mary Poppins may have said, “a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down”, but Target Corp.’s pharmacy department is allowing its customers to flavor their liquid medications free of charge.

Target pharmacy is offering its customers to have their liquid medications taste like their favorite candy or fruit flavor, the company announced Monday.

The retailer’s program allows shoppers to choose from 19 different flavors for liquid medications. The free option was created to eliminate the eternal battle between children and their parents, the company said. Guests simply need to ask their local Target pharmacist for the flavorings and specify which flavor they would like added.

Another innovation is the ClearRx program, with the introduction of a mess-free liquid medication bottle and dispenser. 

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Evista gets FDA approval for new use to reduce breast cancer risk

BY Drew Buono

INDIANAPOLIS The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new application for Eli Lilly’s osteoporosis drug Evista. The drug is now indicated as a way to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer.

The drug’s new use is designed for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and postmenopausal women at high risk for invasive breast cancer. “The FDA’s decision marks a major milestone. For the first time, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis will have one treatment option that can help address two leading health concerns—osteoporosis and invasive breast cancer,” said Gwen Krivi, vice president of Lilly Research Laboratories.

The approval comes less than a year after the application was submitted to the FDA and also carries a recommendation of the Oncologics Drug Advisory Committee.

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Cubist to ask for patent reissue for Cubicin

BY Drew Buono

LEXINGTON, Mass. Cubist Pharmaceuticals is planning on asking U.S. regulators to reissue a patent on the drug Cubicin to block generic competition.

Cubicin is used as a treatment for skin infections and is set to lose its patent in 2016.  Cubist is going to ask the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to correct and reissue a patent regarding the purity level of the compound daptomycin, which is the key ingredient in Cubicin.

On Wednesday, generic manufacturers were allowed to seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sell generic versions of the drug.  Now, with Cubist seeing corrections from the patent office, the original patent will be removed from the FDA’s registry of information on approved drugs until the mater is handled.

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