In this special report, Drug Store News takes an in-depth look at community pharmacy and its growing role in helping to lower healthcare costs and expand patient access in the United States.
A CDC study found that vaccinated people 50 years and older were 57% less likely to be hospitalized from flu than unvaccinated people.
DSN associate editor David Salazar examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of pharmacy spending, telehealth, generics and technology, in this multi-page report.
As some companies prepare to market their biosimilars, others are still in development. At the end of 2015, the IMS Institute noted that there were five biosimilars in the pre-registration phase of development.
Total spending on products whose patents expired between 2012 and 2015 declined by $14.2 billion last year, according to IMS Health’s Institute for Health Care informatics. And 2016 could bring about further cost reductions.
"In Brazil, the Ministry of Health recently issued a statement indicating pregnant women should use condoms specifically mentioning the female condom to prevent the transmission of Zika," Female Health Company noted.
Low-risk general wellness products, including wearable fitness monitors and sleep monitors, will not be subject to pre- or post-market regulatory requirements, the Food and Drug Administration reported Thursday, according to a report from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. "FDA has kept in line with its previous guidance on other health and wellness products, such as mobile medical applications and exercise equipment, where depending on the product's intended use, it could fall under FDA regulations," RAPS reported. "FDA says manufacturers could say their product is intended 'to promote, track, and/or encourage choice(s), which as part of a healthy lifestyle, may help to reduce the risk of [or may help living well with] certain chronic diseases and conditions.'" (RAPS)
Walgreens is now more than halfway toward its goal, announced in February, of installing medication disposal kiosks at 500 locations around the country, the company announced Monday.
NPA worked closely with members of the House Natural Resources Committee, including Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to attach language to PROMESA requiring the Task Force to examine Puerto Rico’s AO 346.
The pilot program would allow the Department of Defense to access lower pricing for prescriptions dispensed at community pharmacies.