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Walgreens to acquire pharmacy business, other assets from Memphis USA Drug stores

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens reached an agreement with USA Drug to acquire the prescription files and other assets of 17 Ike’s and Super D drug stores in the Memphis area.

Walgreens will purchase the prescription files at each of the 17 locations and transfer them to nearby Walgreens pharmacies. Patients whose prescriptions are being transferred will be notified by letter once the transaction has been completed later this month.

In related news, Walgreens currently is in negotiations with USA Drug to acquire two Ike’s drug stores. Walgreens said it would most likely staff most of the store positions with the existing employees.

The acquisition is subject to certain customary terms and conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We have a long history of providing high quality pharmacy services in the Memphis area with our first store in the city opening in 1927,” said Walgreens market VP Connie Latta. “Our staffs are ready to make the transition as seamless as possible for our new customers. We look forward to introducing them to the unique offerings that have made Walgreens one of the country’s most trusted providers of health and wellness services and basic needs.”

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PositiveID releases white paper about the health, economic burdens of diabetes

BY Allison Cerra

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. PositiveID has published a white paper that describes the health and economic burden of diabetes on Americans and the U.S. economy, the company said Wednesday.

“Fixing the Black Hole in Diabetes Management” discusses how patient care and overall health improves when there is a high quality of patient-clinician collaboration. Additionally, PositiveID noted that diabetics who follow recommended self-monitoring blood-glucose testing-level guidelines may not share the test results with their healthcare providers — the test results are not being used to improve glycemic control and achieve long-term goals, thus getting lost in a “black hole.”

PositiveID pointed out that the use of such monitoring systems as its iGlucose system, which uses wireless SMS messaging to automatically communicate a diabetic’s glucose levels in real-time, can be beneficial to diabetic patients. Citing a a 2009 study, “Excessive Hospitalizations and Its Associated Economic Burden among People with Diabetes in the United States,” found that in 2005, hospital charges alone and medical costs for individuals with diabetes exceeded $171 billion and $90 billion, respectively.

Scott Silverman, PositiveID chairman and CEO said, “We believe the benefits of the iGlucose system are obvious. It can provide improved health outcomes through real-time disease management, simplifying patients’ lives and enhancing vital communication between patients and their healthcare providers. iGlucose also has the ability to decrease fraud and healthcare costs for providers and insurers by automatically creating compliant patient testing logs, which are required to comply with Medicare Part B reimbursement regulations.”

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Pending court ruling, Teva to delay marketing Temodar generic

BY Alaric DeArment

JERUSALEM Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will start marketing its version of a brain tumor drug only if the Federal Circuit of the U.S. District Court upholds a ruling that declared the branded version’s patent unenforceable, Teva announced Wednesday.

The generic drug maker said it had entered an agreement with Schering, now part of Merck & Co., whereby it will market the drug only if the Federal Circuit upholds the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware’s January ruling that would allow Teva to market a generic version of Schering’s Temodar (temozolomide). The regulatory approval application for the drug was originally filed by Barr Labs, which Teva acquired in 2008.

The agreement also gives Teva to begin selling its version of the drug in August 2013.

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