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.

March 4, 2016

The savings card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies, FamilyWize said, including such major partners as Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Kmart, Publix, Costco, Albertsons and Safeway, Kroger and Sam’s Club.

March 4, 2016

The new indication expands the drug’s use beyond CLL patients with a certain generic mutation. 

March 4, 2016

For decades, the pharmacy profession labored under a widespread, but inaccurate, public perception of pharmacists as little more than dispensers of prescription medicines and givers of basic counseling on their use. No more. Pharmacists today are highly trained, clinically engaged patient-care specialists making a huge and rapidly growing impact on population health management in communities all over America.

March 4, 2016

The Medicare “lock-in” provision is a part of a larger prescription drug abuse bill known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

March 4, 2016

With medication nonadherence leading to enormous health complications for millions of Americans — and generating staggering and needless cost spikes that add as much as $290 billion a year to the nation’s healthcare costs — the search for ways to get patients to take their prescription medicines as directed has become increasingly urgent.

March 4, 2016

Here’s a fact that keeps health plan administrators and anyone else responsible for budgeting health costs awake at night: 1-in-5 hospital patients ends up back in the hospital within 30 days of their discharge. And the biggest factors pulling them back all have to do with medications — either through medication errors, nonadherence or adverse drug events.

March 3, 2016
Looking forward, for the week of Feb. 28 the top three states experiencing the greatest flu activity gains included Mississippi, Kentucky and South Carolina. 
 
March 2, 2016

This is Gilead’s second FDA approval for a drug regimen based on tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) and is the smallest pill for a single-tablet treatment for HIV, according to the company.

March 1, 2016

In an opinion study commissioned by NACDS last summer, voters appreciate the need to address drug abuse and drug access in a complementary manner.