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Second PCSK9 Repatha Approved by FDA
Davy James, Managing Editor of Specialty Pharmacy Times, and Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
The FDA today approved evolocumab (Repatha) injection, a new treatment for patients unable to get their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol under control with current treatment options.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Drug manufacturers spent $3.4 billion on advertising the top 10 brand-name prescription drugs last year.
Krystle Vermes
Pharmacies are now stocking Mylan’s generic version of Pfizer’s Zosyn injection.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
A new type 2 diabetes (T2D) treatment for adult patients, empagliflozin and metformin (Synjardy), was approved by the FDA today.
Michael Page, PharmD RPh, and Ujjaval J. Pathak, 2016 PharmD Candidate, Temple University
An estimated 6 to 12 million individuals in the United States develop head lice each year, with most cases occurring in children ages 3 to 11.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Customer satisfaction with supermarket and chain drug store pharmacies has improved in the last year, while ratings for mail-order and mass-merchandiser pharmacies have dropped, according to the J.D. Power 2015 US Pharmacy Study.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
In light of last year’s severe flu season, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges pharmacists to recognize their key role in promoting influenza immunizations.
Krystle Vermes
Ingenol mebutate (Picato) gel’s label must now include reported risks of shingles and anaphylaxis.

Association News

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores today announced the winners of the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo Product Showcase.
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA issued a statement in response to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Pharmacy StudySM released today.
NACDS today bestowed pharmacy’s highest honor – the Harold W. Pratt Award – to industry leader Robert Thompson during today’s business program at the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo.
In conjunction with IMS Health, the NACDS Foundation recognized two industry leaders with the IMS Health Bernie Greenberg Pharmacy Partnership Award.

Pharmacy Market News

Celgene Corporation today announced it has closed its acquisition of Receptos, Inc.
Novo Nordisk today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Novo Nordisk will acquire Calibrium LLC and MB2 LLC, two privately held biopharmaceutical research companies based in Indiana, US.
Novartis announced the winners of its twelfth annual International Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp), a three-day seminar bringing biotechnology and business experts together with 70 selected students from leading international universities in 24 countries and territories.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Price Chopper Supermarkets has announced its acquisition of Fairway Pharmacy in Montrose, PA.
Target Corporation has promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of executive vice president and chief operating officer, while Cathy Smith has joined Target as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
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