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FDA accepts NDA for Aricept patch

BY Alaric DeArment

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review a regulatory approval application for a patch made by Eisai to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the drug maker said Friday.

 

The agency will review a patch formulation of Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride), a weekly patch for treating mild, moderate and severe stages of the disease. The drug already is available in tablet form.

 

 

If the patch is approved, Eisai will have marketing rights in the United States and promote the patch under a partnership with Pfizer.

 

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MDA offers vouchers for free flu shots at Walgreens

BY Allison Cerra

SALT LAKE CITY Walgreens is teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to administer flu shots to those who need them most, according to published reports.

The MDA is handing out vouchers for free flu shots at Walgreens to those affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases, according to ABC4News in Salt Lake City.

Voucher requests can be submitted here.

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CBO: Generics saved $33 billion for Medicare Part D in 2007

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Generic drugs saved Medicare Part D beneficiaries and the program as a whole $33 billion in 2007, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO expected another $14 billion in annual savings to accrue as many new generics enter the market through 2012.

 

The main lobby for pharmacy benefit managers said the report also showed the advantages of pharmacy benefit managers.

 

“Tools pioneered by pharmacy benefit managers — including encouraging the use of generic medications — have lowered costs and expanded access to prescription drugs for seniors in Medicare Part D,” Pharmaceutical Care Management Association president and CEO Mark Merritt said.

 

The generic drug industry lobby hailed the report as well. “This new CBO study is just one of a continued body of evidence proving that generics are a key cost-saving component of our healthcare system,” a statement by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association read.

 

 

According to the market research firm IMS Health, generic drugs accounted for nearly 75% of prescriptions dispensed in the United States, but for just more than 19% of dollars spent.

 

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