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Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more
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Posted 25 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com
DUBLIN and LAVAL, Quebec, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) (TSX: VRX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the New Drug Application (NDA) for Metronidazole 1.3% Vaginal Gel, an antibiotic for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV). Actavis acquired the rights to Metronidazole 1.3% from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in April 2013. Bacterial vaginosis is an infection caused by an imbalance in the normal bacteria in the vagina. It is the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15 to 44[i]. Metronidazole 1.3% provides a convenient, single-dose treatment for BV that is packaged in a pre-filled disposable applicator. The U.S. BV market is valued at approximately $140 million annually, according to IMS Health. "The approval of Metronidazole 1.3% is a ... Read more