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May 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Almost seven years after accepting an application for a generic version of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s 20 mg/mL Copaxone (glatiramer acetate), the FDA finally on April 16 approved Sandoz Inc./Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Glatopa to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). The companies developed the drug together, and Sandoz will market it. With many industry experts expecting the new competitor to be priced at about 30% less than Copaxone, the approval couldn’t have come fast enough: Read more

Interest in the pharmacy sector shows no signs of waning, as yet… Read more

In a move that took many industry experts by surprise, OptumRx said… Read more

As of June 1, Aetna Inc. will shift almost all of its… Read more

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May 21, 2015
Meijer Says It Will Buy Aureus

Supercenter and grocery store retailer Meijer says it will acquire specialty pharmacy Aureus Health Services; Aureus CEO Mike Nameth will remain in that role http://tinyurl.com/jw5gwt9

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

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