Teva reaches settlement in ProAir HFA patent case
JERUSALEM — Teva has reached a settlement with Perrigo Pharmaceutical and Catalent Pharma Solutions with respect to four patents for Teva’s ProAir HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation aerosol product.
This settlement provides a license to Perrigo and Catalent to sell limited units of Perrigo’s generic version of the product for an initial period beginning Dec. 19, 2016 and lasting until June 2018, when the limits will no longer apply.
There are currently no additional challenges to the IP for ProAir HFA and no further litigation pending. Teva stated that it will continue to “vigorously” defend its intellectual property rights relating to its products.
Walgreens offering whooping cough vaccinations in California pharmacy locations
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has announced that it is now offering vaccinations that provide protection against pertussis (whooping cough) at all of its more than 600 stores throughout the California, as the California Department of Public Health is urging vaccination with the state reaching epidemic levels of reported whooping cough cases.
Vaccinations are available daily during all pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary and are covered by most insurance plans.
“We support the recommendations of health officials and stress that vaccination is the best protection people can get from whooping cough,” stated Sepi Soleimanpour, California market pharmacy director for Walgreens. “Walgreens pharmacists continue to play an important role in providing more convenient access to vaccinations and other preventive services to help Californians get, stay and live well.”
Walgreens pharmacists in California can administer immunizations to anyone age 10 and older.
The CDPH recommends the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for the following groups:
- Pregnant women and infants 6 weeks and older;
- All adults who provide care to infants and adults living in a household with an infant, including adults age 65 and older; and
- Preadolescents (ages 7 to 10 years) who are not up to date on pertussis vaccinations and who are living in a household with an infant.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection primarily affecting young children. Teens and adults whose immunity has faded are also at risk. CDPH says there have been more than 3,400 whooping cough cases reported in 2014, well ahead of the number of cases reported all of last year. There have been more than 800 cases reported in the last two weeks alone.
University of New England’s George Allen selected for AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program
PORTLAND, Maine – The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has invited George Allen, associate professor in the department of pharmacy practice at the University of New England College of Pharmacy, to participate in its 2014-15 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program.
The program is a national leadership and management development program designed to cultivate the nation’s most promising AACP pharmacy faculty members to become future leaders in pharmacy and in higher education. Allen was one of 30 Fellows nationwide chosen to participate in the program, and the first from the UNE College of Pharmacy.
The Academic Leadership Fellows Program is a year long experience with four intensive sessions in residence spread throughout the year supported by an ongoing informal program of mentoring and introduction to leadership roles at the home institution.
The four-session program includes leadership development; team building, exploration of legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmaceutical and higher education; and self and peer assessments. In addition to the four sessions in residence, Fellows participate in a collaborative group project.
“It is very exciting for Dr. Allen to be selected as a Fellow for this AACP Academic Leadership Program, as he has demonstrated the talents and dedication as a successful leader in the College of Pharmacy and the university. I know from my personal experience how valuable this Fellows program can be in developing and enhancing one’s academic career as a faculty leader. George will be an excellent representative from the College and UNE at this program,” Gayle A. Brazeau, College of Pharmacy dean, said.