Generic Abilify (Aripiprazole) Approved

On April 28, 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the generic formulation (Aripiprazole), of Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals’ brand Abilify®. Aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic indicated for the treatment of bipolar depression and schizophrenia. It is also indicated as adjunct therapy in the treatment of depression when antidepressant monotherapy is inadequate. Non-bipolar depression … Read moreGeneric Abilify (Aripiprazole) Approved

DEA Classification Change for Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs)

When the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, pure hydrocodone was classified as Schedule II, while its combination products, HCPs, (those containing hydrocodone as well as specific amounts of other medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) were classified as Schedule III.  On Friday, August 22, 2014, the DEA published a final rule in the Federal … Read moreDEA Classification Change for Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs)

Zohydro™ ER Launch Date Approaches as the Public Petitions the FDA to Retract Approval

Following its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 25, 2013, Zohydro™ ER became the first extended-release hydrocodone only pain reliever available in the United States. Previously in the United States hydrocodone was only available in combination products with non-opioid constituents (such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen). Although the FDA appeared to be … Read moreZohydro™ ER Launch Date Approaches as the Public Petitions the FDA to Retract Approval

Physician Dispensing and Workers’ Compensation

Physician dispensing of repackaged drugs continues to be a major contributor to the growing cost of prescription drug treatment within the workers’ compensation industry. In the 2012 Survey of Prescription Drug Management released by CompPharma and authored by Joseph Paduda in January of 2013, it was noted that physician dispensed medications were second only to … Read morePhysician Dispensing and Workers’ Compensation