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)

 

March 16, 2016

The American Pharmacists Association has shown support for the new guideline encouraging physicians to first turn to non-opioid treatment for chronic pain outside cancer-related pain, palliative treatment and end-of-life care.

March 15, 2016
The average price for branded drugs rose 16.2% in 2015, with a third of branded product seeing a price hike last year, according to Express Scripts. 
March 14, 2016

Increasingly, states are looking to address the prescription painkiller problem with as many as 375 proposals coursing through state legislatures that would regulated pain clinics and prescribing painkillers, The New York Times reported Friday. "The states are going to lead on this one because Big Pharma has too much power," Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Democrat, told The New York Times. The New York Times added: "The pace of [legislative] activity in states has grown so intense that experts are having difficulty keeping track." (The New York Times)

March 14, 2016

GW Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that Epidiolex, an experimental drug derived from marijuana, has successfully reduced epileptic seizures in its first major clinical trial. According to the New York Times, the finding could lend credence to the medical marijuana movement. The New York Times reports that if Epidiolex wins regulatory approval, it would be the first prescription drug in the United States that is extracted from marijuana. Dravet syndrome is one of the most severe and difficult-to-treat types of epilepsy. (New York Times)

March 10, 2016

In 2014, only about 35% of covered drugs on Medicare Part D drug plans were subject to coinsurance, but that number rose to 58% this year.

March 10, 2016

The technology involved in the new vaccine, which can be produced in four weeks and six times faster than egg-based methods, involves implanting influenza genetic material into tobacco leaves.

March 10, 2016

This week's Walgreens Flu Index report for the week of March 6 indicated Arizona, Mississippi and Texas were the top three states experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country.

March 9, 2016

A judge in August declared that the FDA would limit the company’s first amendment rights if it prevented Amarin from sharing with physicians truthful data that supports a use the FDA hasn’t approved.

March 9, 2016

Lupin said the acquisition will grow the company’s footprint in the U.S. generics market and expands its dermatology, controlled substance product and high value and niche generics pipeline

March 8, 2016

“Better care, smarter spending, healthier people.” Those were the goals set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in September when it unveiled plans for a five-year federal experiment to gauge the effectiveness of expanded medication therapy management for Medicare patients.

March 7, 2016

Naloxone is already available without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations through standing order or collaborative practice agreements in 15 states.

March 7, 2016

VitaTrue contains 16 vitamins and minerals, including 40% more folic acid than the leading prescription prenatal vitamins, and 300 mg of vegan, plant-based DHA. 

March 4, 2016

Chrono's wearable transdermal drug delivery device times nicotine delivery to when smokers have their strongest cravings. 

March 4, 2016

The future of American health care could be summed up in one word — “connection.” To thrive in a fast-reforming healthcare system that demands better patient outcomes at a lower cost, pharmacies, physicians, hospitals, health systems, outpatient clinicians and diagnosticians are going to have to connect much more effectively, both with one another and with the patients they serve.

March 4, 2016

Going back at least to the mid-1800s, many community pharmacists have been given the informal title of “doc” or “doctor” by grateful local residents, particularly in smaller towns and rural communities where the local pharmacist might be the only health provider within miles. These days, the title is more than honorary; it’s a requirement.