Teva presents clinical pharmacological study on Parkinson’s disease treatment
KANSAS CITY, Mo. A drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease did not increase the risk of sensitivity to an amino acid-derived compound in patients who received the highest approved dose, the drug’s manufacturer announced Tuesday at a Parkinson’s disease conference.
Presenting data from a clinical pharmacological study at the 13th International Conference of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Paris, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ neuroscience division said the drug Azilect (rasagiline) did not increase the risk of tyramine sensitivity when patients received the 1 mg dose.
The study was designed to assess the risk of hypertensive crisis due to interactions between Azilect and tyramine, a compound formed from the breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine that can cause migraine headaches in some people.
“We are pleased with the results, which met our primary objectives,” Teva Neuroscience general manager Jon Congleton stated. “This study provides continuing evidence of the value of Azilect.”
Target gives award to RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions
ATLANTA Target has named RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions a recipient of its 2008 “Partner Award of Excellence.” The award was recently presented to RelayHealth at the National Council for Prescription Drug Program’s Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Target annually recognizes vendor partners for their extraordinary passion for performance and dedication to the Target brand. RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions earned the award by demonstrating innovative leadership, superior business practices and commitment to Target’s core strategies: differentiation, value and reliability.
Notable areas of excellence were RelayHealth’s operational responsiveness and collaborative partnership in creating new services.
“We are proud to partner with [Target] to bring innovative solutions that enhance their operations and clinical services for their valued pharmacy patrons,” said Jeff Felton, president, RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions. “This award is truly a tribute to the dedication of our entire team and recognizes our long-standing relationship.”
RelayHealth helps improve clinical and financial information management, patient safety and business performance. RelayHealth also provides network and claims processing connectivity services that add value and efficiency to more than 90% of the nation’s retail pharmacies.
Vivus presents results of glucose-lowering investigational drug
NEW ORLEANS An investigational drug for treating lowered blood sugar levels in obese patients who had not developed diabetes, according to results of a phase 3 trial presented Saturday at the American Diabetes Association’s 69th annual scientific sessions.
Drug maker Vivus said the trial of the drug Qnexa showed that while Qnexa lowered blood sugar, patients taking placebo experienced higher blood sugar after 28 weeks of treatment.
“Obesity is the leading cause of Type 2 diabetes,” lead investigator and Weill-Cornell University clinical professor Louis Aronne said in a statement. “Studies have shown that Type 2 diabetes can be treated effectively in most patients with significant weight loss.”