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April 24, 2015

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From Drug Benefit News - Nearly a year after the last of the valid patents on Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) expired, the FDA on April 16 cleared Sandoz Inc. and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to market Glatopa, the first substitutable generic version of the daily injectable therapy. While entry of the generic has the potential to significantly lower costs in the multiple sclerosis category, there are several uncertainties that may impede successful penetration of the market, say industry insiders. Read more

After mulling a proposed rule on generic drug labeling for the last… Read more

In a move that surprised many industry analysts, UnitedHealth Group on March… Read more

Although the Alzheimer’s disease drug pipeline has been plagued by failures and… Read more

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April 21, 2015
Compounded Drugs Drove Employee Costs in 2014

Compounded medicine once again drove workers' compensation drug costs in 2014, says new Express Scripts report. http://tinyurl.com/oybqjq3

April 16, 2015
FDA Approves First Generic Copaxone for MS

The FDA approved Sandoz’s Glatopa, the first generic version of Teva’s multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) in a 20 mg/ml once-daily injection http://tinyurl.com/ph3h3a3

April 15, 2015
HHS Will Investigate Generic Drug Inflation

The Office of the Inspector General plans to investigate recent price increases for generic drugs paid through Medicaid. http://tinyurl.com/o44xtrm

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