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Wockhardt’s generic divalproex sodium drug approved by FDA

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Wockhardt’s generic divalproex sodium extended-release tablets, agency records show.

The tablets, available in the 250-mg strength, are used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. 

The drug is a generic version of Abbott’s Depakote ER. Depakote has sales of $126 million, according to IMS Health data. 

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Kinney Drugs acquires independent Harbor Pharmacy

BY Alaric DeArment

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. An independent pharmacy has agreed to an acquisition by Kinney Drugs, Kinney announced Wednesday.

Harbor Pharmacy, at 34 Route 30 North in Bomoseen, Vt., will become a Kinney Drugs store starting Feb. 15, though pharmacist Dick Abel will remain there, and Kinney will allow the existing staff to remain as well. Abel has owned and operated Harbor Pharmacy for 24 years. 

“Everyone at Kinney Drugs is excited to welcome Harbor Pharmacy employees and customers into our family,” Kinney chairman and CEO Craig Painter said in a statement. “It is important to us that this transition be as smooth as possible for both Harbor Pharmacy customers and their associates.” 

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Price Chopper creates widespread N.Y. network of immunizing pharmacies

BY Antoinette Alexander

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Price Chopper has become the first pharmacy chain in New York to create a statewide network of immunizers in nearly every ZIP code, the Schenectady, N.Y.-based supermarket chain announced Wednesday.

The Schenectady, N.Y.-based supermarket chain will mark a new state law allowing pharmacists to perform immunizations by sponsoring a press event and flu clinic Friday at 11 a.m. at its store at 1879 Altamont Ave. in Schenectady. Company executives, including VP pharmacy Vincent Mainella and visitors such as Pharmacist Society of the State of New York executive director Craig Burridge will be present. 

Every Price Chopper pharmacy will have a pharmacist who has completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s required 20-hour training program for delivering immunizations. Immunizations will be limited to adults 19 and older receiving flu and pneumonia vaccines. 

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