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Walgreens ships diabetes supplies for free to Medicare Part B patients

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has announced that it ship diabetes testing supplies for free to people who have their supplies covered under Medicare Part B.

The move comes at a time when budgets are tight—especially for seniors. To make getting diabetes supplies easier and more affordable, Walgreens said, patients can pick up their testing items at one of the 6,400 stores or have supplies mailed to their home at no cost.

Those seniors who are eligible can sign up by calling 1-888-PARTB-65 (1-888-727-8265) or request a call from a Walgreens representative by logging on to https://www.walgreens.com/partb. Special Walgreens phone reps will assist with filing all of the necessary Part B claim forms and will answer any other additional questions, the company said.

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Capital Health System, Bristol-Myers Squibb to spread awareness about chronic diseases, prescription drugs

BY Jenna Duncan

PRINCETON, N.J. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Capital Health System have announced that they will co-host a health fair Tuesday, Oct.14, to highlight the importance of managing chronic diseases and disseminate information about assistance programs created to help low-income patients pay for prescription drugs.

The fair is scheduled to start at noon and run until 3 p.m. at the Capital Health System Family Health Center in Trenton. Free wellness screenings will be given and actor Joey Pantoliano will make an appearance and speak about diagnosing and treating depression.

Pantoliano will speak on behalf of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a nationwide network of pharmaceutical makers working to provide assistance to low-income individuals to pay for their medications for chronic illnesses.

Capital Health System also will provide free high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia and HIV/AIDS screenings, free vision tests, perform height and weight screenings and distribute information about breast, colorectal and prostate cancers.

Other health-related information provided by Capital and Bristol-Myers Squibb at the fair will cover body composition screenings for newborns, breast-feeding information for new mothers as well as bicycle safety training and demos on and car seat installations for small children.

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Appeals court sides with Amgen over Roche anemia drug patent infringement

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Amgen won a case against Roche over a drug for anemia that the latter has tried to get into the United States market in a U.S. appeals court Friday, affirming an Oct. 3 decision by a federal judge in Boston.

Amgen said that Roche’s drug Mircera (methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta) infringed on its patents for the drugs Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) and Epogen (epoetin alfa). Mircera is on the market in Europe, and the Food and Drug Administration approved it for the U.S. market in 2007.

“Amgen is pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed the preliminary injunction barring Roche from selling its [peg-erythropoietin] product in the United States in violation of Amgen’s erythropoietin patents,” Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen said in a statement.

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