February 5, 2015

Generic drug prices are going up. Spurred by market opportunities, short-term market exclusivity for some newly launched single-source generics and rising costs for manufacturing, quality control and raw materials, me-too drug manufacturers have escalated a series of price hikes, some of them significant.

February 3, 2015

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Co. on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Glyxambi (empagliflozin/linagliptin) tablets. 

 

February 3, 2015

Afrezza, an inhaled insulin powder, is now available by prescription in U.S. retail pharmacies, Sanofi and MannKind Corp. announced. The drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to control high blood sugar in adults who have type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

 

February 3, 2015

Zogenix last week announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved a new formulation of the company's Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release capsules, CII.

February 2, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration announced that it has expanded the approved uses of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) to treat binge-eating disorder in adults, making it the first FDA-approved medicine to treat this condition.

 

January 30, 2015

Janssen Therapeutics on Thursday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved its Prezcobix (darunavir 800 mg/cobicistat 150 mg) tablets. The drug is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus in combination with other antiretovirals for treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced adults with no darunavir resistance-associated substitutions, according to the company.

 

January 29, 2015

Three UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now.

 

January 28, 2015

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday released a discussion document in the 21st Century Cures initiative.

January 28, 2015

"During one of the sessions at the 2008 NACDS Regional Chain Conference, we projected onto the video screen some images of advertisements that NACDS was beginning to use in the Washington, D.C. area. Looking back, one of the things that I remember most was the boldness and strategic focus of the tagline: 'Pharmacies. The face of neighborhood healthcare.' With the 2015 edition of this meeting just days away, it is striking how far we have come!" writes NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson in his latest blog post. 

January 27, 2015

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, last week introduced a bill that would extend to new combination drugs containing molecules already approved by the Food and Drug Administration the same five-year market exclusivity as a drug product containing an entirely new set of active ingredients.

January 27, 2015

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program toward paying providers based on the quality of care they give patients.

 

January 27, 2015

Flu incidence is not ony predominant but still on the rise across Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas.

January 27, 2015

Symplmed Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Prestalia (perindopril arginine and amlodipine) tablets to treat hypertension. 

January 26, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration last week approved Natpara (parathyroid horomone), which is indicated to control low blood calcium levels in patients who have hypoparathyroidism.

 

January 26, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced approval for Bexsero, a vaccine intended to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 years through 25 years of age.

 

January 26, 2015

Purdue Pharma on Monday announced the launch of Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release tablets CII. According to the company, the once-daily drug is the first and only hydocodone product to be recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as having properties that deter misuse and abuse via chewing, snorting and injection.

January 22, 2015

The global therapeutics market for Irritable Bowel Syndrome is set to rise in value from $589.6 million in 2013 to $1.5 billion by 2023, representing a high compound annual growth rate of almost 9.9%, according to a report published Thursday by research and consulting firm GlobalData.

January 21, 2015

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday announced that its Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium bromide) inhalation spray is now available by prescription through pharmacies across the United States. 

 

January 21, 2015

Eisai on Tuesday announced the launch of a new savings card for Belviq (lorcaserin HCl) CIV, the most-prescribed branded FDA-approved prescription drug therapy for chronic weight management.

January 21, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced approval for Cosentyx (secukinumab), indicated for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

 

January 21, 2015

With specialty and biotech drugs claiming an ever-greater share of the pharmaceutical market and spawning a backlash from payers and patients over their high price tags, pharmacy operators are smack in the middle of a growing tug of war between the drug industry, the public and private health plans struggling to keep up with the new drug-cost paradigm.

January 20, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the age indication for Natroba (spinosad) topical suspension 0.9% to include children 6 months of age and older who have head lice infestations (pediculosis capitis).

January 20, 2015

Flu incidence has spread from the central United States and picked up across the West between Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.

 

January 20, 2015

Teva Pharmaceutical on Tuesday announced the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA vs. Sandoz et al. that reversed the Federal Circuit Court’s judgment of invalidity of Teva’s ‘808 patent for Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection) 20 mg/mL.