March 31, 2016

The complaint alleges that Endo paid Impax Laboratories and Watson Laboratories, which were the first companies to file for FDA approval for generics of Endo’s Opana ER and Lidoderm, to delay their generic product launches. 

March 30, 2016

Recognizing that an estimated 40% of sold medications end up unused, the Alliance for Aging Research's latest “pocket film” offers consumers a simple step-by-step guide on safe disposal. 

March 29, 2016

By 2020, the biosimilars market will grow to $390 billion and the patents on eight biologic drugs will expire.

March 29, 2016

Russia Beyond the Headlines is reporting that in Russia, following the news in early March that tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, sales of the drug — which costs about $4 to $5 (300 rubles) and which many pharmacies sell without a prescription — have risen dramatically. According to the report, many of those buying the drug are amateur athletes. (RBTH)

March 28, 2016

Last month, the CDC reported preliminary overall influenza vaccine effectiveness of 59% this season. 

March 28, 2016

The 833,000-sq. ft. facility, which is adjacent to the company’s Clayton facility, will produce active pharmaceutical ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s GLP-1 and insulin medicines, and is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

March 28, 2016

The fifth edition of this special Rx-Impact report — inserted in headquarter copies of this issue of DSN and delivered to all current members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate — is meant to help educate lawmakers on the important role community pharmacy plays as the face of health care in neighborhoods all across America, helping to lower the cost of health care, improving patient access, advancing the quality of care and ultimately delivering better outcomes.

March 25, 2016

With the ability to share information with healthcare practitioners or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

March 25, 2016

Health Canada announced earlier this week that it had revised the Federal Prescription Drug use and reclassified naloxone as a Schedule II drug, making it available without a prescription.

March 25, 2016

Flu activity is still trending high according to the latest Walgreens Flu Index released Thursday. According to the report, Kentucky, Wyoming and New Mexico are the three states exhibiting the most flu activity.

March 23, 2016

A new analysis by Express Scripts is taking a look at the record-breaking number of drug approvals that came from the Food and Drug Administration in 2015.

March 23, 2016

Taltz uses an antibody to bind to an inflammation-causing protein, inhibiting the inflammatory response that can contribute to plaque psoriasis development. 

March 23, 2016

The drug is indicated as maintenance treatment for severe asthma in patients over age 18 alongside other medications. 

March 22, 2016

The epilepsy medication is the first tablet made using the company’s ZipDose 3D printing technology to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

March 22, 2016

Anthem is claiming that the PBM Express Scripts charged Anthem with higher than competitive benchmark pricing on pharmaceutical products.

March 22, 2016

Between 2006 and 2011, among older adults use of over-the-counter medications declined from 44.4% to 37.9% and use of dietary supplement use increased from 51.8% to 63.7%. 

March 21, 2016

“These findings suggest that the unsafe use of multiple medications among older adults is a growing public health problem,“ the study’s researchers wrote. 

March 18, 2016

GSK has implemented a formal search for a successor, who will assume the role March 31, 2017, and will consider internal and external candidates for the role.

March 18, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its largely similar version of the bill (H.R. 471) in April 2015.

March 18, 2016

The Walgreens Flu Index on Thursday indicated that most of the nation is contending with relatively high levels of flu incidence for the week of March 13, with Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee topping the charts in states with flu activity.

March 17, 2016
  WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association announced Thursday that its House of Delegates had voted to adopt a new policy concerning labeling and measuring of oral liquid medications at the APhA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md.   
March 17, 2016

OptumRx is UnitedHealth Group’s free-standing pharmacy care services business, managing more than one billion prescriptions annually.

March 16, 2016
The drug will be available in 30-count bottles of 1.5-, 3-, 4.5- and 6-mg dosage strengths, as well as a seven-count blister pack containing one 1.5-mg tablet and six 3-mg tablets. 
March 16, 2016

This year's flu season, while still relatively low, is showing no signs of abating, Bloomberg reported Friday. "While the number of Americans going to the doctor for flu-like symptoms has risen steadily for the past two months, accounting for 3.5% of visits for the week ended March 5, the rate remains well below seasonal peaks in recent years," Bloomberg reported. "It is still gaining, however. At a time when the flu is typically starting to dissipate, it is now accounting for more visits at this time of year than during the last four seasons, according to CDC data." (Bloomberg)