October 7, 2011

A growing number of people with Medicare are using free preventive services provided by the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said.

October 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new use for a drug made by Eli Lilly for erectile dysfunction, Lilly said Friday.

October 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that it called the first single-pill combination treatment for Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

October 6, 2011

Fred’s posted a 1% gain in sales, to $17.5 million, for the five weeks ended Oct. 1.

October 6, 2011

Gilead Sciences has signed an agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim to gain exclusive worldwide rights to research, develop and commercialize BI's novel anti-retroviral compounds.

October 6, 2011

Merck chairman Richard Clark is retiring, the company said Thursday.

October 6, 2011

German drug maker Merck KGaA will collaborate with Japanese drug maker Ono Pharmaceutical to develop oral therapies for cancer and multiple sclerosis, Merck KGaA said.

October 6, 2011

A drug under investigation by Sanofi for multiple sclerosis improved several measures of disease activity in patients, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial.

October 5, 2011

AccuDial Pharmaceutical on Tuesday acquired Stephen Key Design in a move that will expand AccuDial’s patent portfolio to more than 50 patents for weight-based dosing and other extended content rotating labels, which add 75% more labeling space to a container.

October 5, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application from Merck and Ariad Pharmaceuticals for a new drug to treat soft-tissue and bone cancers, the drug makers said Wednesday.

October 4, 2011

Insomnnia may be the next big treatment regimen to make a switch from prescription-only to over the counter.

October 4, 2011

Growing numbers of Americans with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are driving innovation among drug makers, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

October 3, 2011

Bristol-Myers Squibb will present 22 study abstracts next month at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in San Francisco, the company said.

October 3, 2011

People taking oral steroids are twice as likely as the general population to have severe vitamin D deficiency, according to a study of more than 31,000 children and adults by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University released last week.

September 30, 2011

Novo Nordisk is seeking approval for two new insulin products, the company said Thursday.

September 30, 2011

Drug maker Takeda has completed its acquisition of another drug maker.

September 29, 2011

The American Pharmacists Association is marking Pain Awareness Month by encouraging patients to talk with their pharmacists about pain and pain medications they're taking.

September 29, 2011

Biogen Idec has appointed Tony Kingsley as its new EVP global commercial operations.

September 29, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve a vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline, the drug maker said.

September 29, 2011

Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized $5.6 million worth of illegal pharmaceutical products, a 170% increase over 2005. Meanwhile, global sales of counterfeit medicines were estimated to be more than $75 billion last year, 90% more than in 2005. In response, Pfizer and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy announced Thursday the launch of an effort to educate patients on how to safely buy medicines online and about the risks of counterfeit drugs.

September 28, 2011

Chelsea Therapeutics International has applied for Food and Drug Administration approval of a drug for a disorder that affects patients with diseases like Parkinson's disease.

September 28, 2011

Sanofi Pasteur on Wednesday launched an awareness campaign to inform Florida residents ages 65 years and older about the importance of influenza protection and the key role vaccination plays in helping to improve the body's immune response against the virus.

September 28, 2011

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found little evidence to support the use of atypical antipsychotic drugs for uses other than those for which they have official approval.

September 28, 2011

Supermarket pharmacies could see a slight rise in gross profits next year as branded drugs lose patent protection and go generic, according to a new report by Moody's Investors Service.