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April 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Almost five years to the day that the 351(k) biosimilar pathway was established through the passage of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), the FDA on March 6 approved the first product to come onto the U.S. market through this route. The agency also granted Sandoz Inc.’s Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) approval for all five indications that its reference drug, Amgen’s Neupogen, has, a move underscoring the FDA’s confidence in the biosimilar’s safety, purity and potency. Read more

After going literally decades without making an acquisition, Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. has… Read more

Almost four months to the day from when a news report suggested… Read more

The drug industry focus on specialty pharmaceuticals will continue in 2015, spurred… Read more

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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 6, 2015
New EMD Serono Specialty Digest Released

EMD Serono releases 11th edition of its Specialty Digest; plans cite managing oncology, determining a therapy’s value as top specialty drug management challenges http://www.specialtydigest.emdserono.com

March 30, 2015
UnitedHealth Agrees to Buy PBM Catamaran for $12.8B

UnitedHealth agreed to buy PBM Catamaran for $12.8 billion. http://tinyurl.com/qe3bea8

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