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Cardinal Health completes Healthcare Solutions Holding acquisition

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN, Ohio Cardinal Health’s specialty pharmaceutical services have expanded with the help of the now-completed Healthcare Solutions Holding acquisition.

Healthcare Solutions Holding is the parent company of a number of subsidiaries including P4 Pathways and P4 Healthcare, which serve key participants across the chain of specialty care including physicians, pharmaceutical companies and payors by providing essential tools, services and data to help improve the quality of patient outcomes and increase efficiency in the delivery of health care services.

The addition of these value-added services is an important building block in Cardinal Health’s strategy to create a differentiated set of services for oncology and specialty customers. Healthcare Solutions Holding’s results will be reported within Cardinal Health’s pharmaceutical segment.

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Lunesta maker gets name change

BY Alaric DeArment

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. The maker of a popular prescription sleeping pill is getting a name change.

Sepracor said Thursday that it would change its name to Sunivion Pharmaceuticals. The company, which Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co. acquired in October, makes the sleeping drug Lunesta (eszopiclone).

“The post-merger integration progressed very smoothly and was completed earlier than expected,” DSP president and CEO Masayo Tada said. “Therefore, in April 2010, we merged [Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma America], our other U.S. subsidiary, with and into Sepracor.”

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FlavoRx launches new medicine flavor spray

BY Allison Cerra

COLUMBIA, Md. FlavoRx announced the launch of Yo Gabba Gabba! medicine-time flavor spray, an innovative new product designed to improve the medicine-taking experience for children and their parents.

 

Yo Gabba Gabba! medicine-time flavor spray is a flavored spray that coats a child’s tongue and mouth with special sugar-free, dye-free sweetening enhancers and a fun, new Dazzleberry flavor. By covering the taste buds of the tongue, the Dazzleberry-flavored liquid helps mask the bitter taste of many medications.

 

 

“With the help of Yo Gabba Gabba!, we wanted to find a way to bring home a positive and interactive medicine taking experience for both kids and parents.” said Chris Cielewich, VP sales for FlavoRx. “We’ve been improving the taste of kid’s medicine for over 15 years, and this partnership will continue our mission to enhance the medicine-time experience to deliver higher adherence rates.”

 

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