Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee set in motion
ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has started exercising its newfound power to regulate tobacco.
The agency announced Tuesday the establishment of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee as part of the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which President Obama signed into law in June.
The committee will provide advice, information and recommendations to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg on health and other issues related to tobacco products. It will comprise 12 members, including nine medical, science and manufacturing technology experts and government officials who will each have a vote, and three industry representatives who will not.
FDA approves Ranbaxy’s generic peptic ulcer treatment
PRINCETON, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has given an India-based drug maker final approval to market a generic drug for treating peptic ulcer.
Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. subsidiary of Ranbaxy Labs, announced Monday the approval of glycopyrrolate tablets in the 1-mg and 2-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Sciele Pharma’s Robinul and Robinul Forte tablets, respectively.
“We are pleased to receive this final approval for glycopyrrolate tablets,” Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals VP sales and distribution Jim Meehan said in a statement.
Meehan said the drug would be launched between October and December. Glycopyrrolate tablets had sales of $26 million during the 12-month period ending in June, according to IMS Health data.
Supervalu EVP joins NACDS board of directors
ALEXANDRIA, Va. An organization catering to the retail pharmacy industry has elected a new member to its board.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced that Duncan Mac Naughton, EVP merchandising and marketing for Supervalu, was elected to the board of directors, effective Aug. 14. Mac Naughton will fill the position vacated by Kevin Tripp, who recently retired as Supervalu’s EVP of its retail Midwest division.
Mac Naughton will serve the remainder of the 2009-2010 term until April 2010, when the annual board of directors elections are held at the NACDS Annual Meeting.
Mac Naughton has a career of service within the supermarket industry. He has served on SUPERVALU’s executive team since joining the company in 2006 upon its acquisition of Albertsons, where Mac Naughton had served as executive vice president of merchandising. Prior to Albertsons, he served in key leadership roles at H-E-B and Kraft Foods.
“We are pleased to welcome Duncan to the NACDS Board of Directors,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “NACDS’ diverse membership is well-represented by the NACDS Board of Directors. Duncan brings leadership and expertise on behalf of the supermarket segment, and we look forward to working together to advance pharmacy as the face of neighborhood healthcare and to add value to NACDS’ engagement in front-end activities.”