Texas congressman asks reason for six-month delay on FDA confiscation of Celsus’ contaminated heparin
WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration waited six months to confiscate contaminated supplies of the blood-thinning drug heparin from Cincinnati-based Celsus Labs, and a congressman from Texas wants to know why.
Last month, United States Marshalls seized 11 lots of the drug from Celsus after the company allegedly failed to properly recall it on its own.
Contaminated heparin has been blamed for several hundred adverse reactions and 81 deaths across the country, though no deaths have been linked with Celsus’ heparin. The contamination comes from over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate, which mimics the blood-thinning properties of heparin and was mixed with several lots of the drug using ingredients from China.
Rite Aid upgrades cash registers to support FSA cards
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid has upgraded its pharmacy and front-end cash registers to make it easier for shoppers to use their Flexible Spending Account debit cards.
The pharmacy retailer is utilizing an inventory information approval system to allow customers to pay for eligible healthcare items with FSA debit cards. Eligible healthcare purchases on receipts are identified with an H to the right of the item’s price. These items are tallied by the cash register and can be paid for by an FSA debit card. The remaining balance for non-eligible items is paid for separately.
The FSA debits cards work similar to other debit cards and allow customers to buy certain health items using funds from a pre-tax accounts.
FDA delays approval of Remoxy painkiller
NEW YORK The Food and Drug Administration announced that it needed more clinical studies of the pain pill Remoxy before it would approve it.
The pill, a formulation of oxycodone by King Pharmaceuticals and Pain Therapeutics, is designed in a capsule form that prevents abuse by people trying to get high.
On Wednesday, King Pharmaceuticals’ shares were down by 83 cents, at $9.13, and Pain Therapeutics were down by $1.82, at $5.93.