August 20, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Cerdelga (eliglustat) for the treatment of adult patients with the Type 1 form of Gaucher disease.

August 20, 2014

“It’s not enough to pull drowning victims out of the river. You have to walk upstream to find out who’s throwing them in.” Physician and educator David Kilgore invoked that piece of wisdom from Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson to describe the current state of medicine in the United States — and the steps needed to drag the nation’s outmoded, costly and inefficient healthcare system into the 21st century.

August 20, 2014

Nearly 5,000 attended McKesson ideaShare 2014, held July 20 to 24 in Orlando, Fla., including more than 1,000 community pharmacies, more than 600 exhibitors and more than 300 first-time attendees.

August 20, 2014

As health care in the United States continues to move toward a patient-centric system, new opportunities are opening up for technology providers.

August 20, 2014

“All providers in the healthcare system should practice to the fullest extent allowed by their license.”

August 20, 2014

In July, the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy and the Specialty Pharmacy Association of America announced the two organizations would merge, creating the largest professional and trade association in the specialty pharmacy industry. To find out more, DSN interviewed Larry Irene, CEO of Armada Health Care and SPAARx founder, and Gary Cohen, CEO of NASP.

August 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine concluded that aspirin, in addition to preventing pain and inflammation, actually helps hasten the end of inflammation in a study published this week in the online early edition of PNAS.

August 20, 2014

“We have a system that needs fixing.” That comment on the state of the nation’s healthcare system, shared by physician and New York Times correspondent and senior writer Elisabeth Rosenthal, served as the springboard for a high-level summit on the future of health care in the United States. The event drew a who’s who of nationally known health experts, scientists and government officials.

August 20, 2014

“Leading change.” That was theme for this year’s Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference, held in Washington, D.C., last month at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, from July 23 to 26.

August 19, 2014

Advertising claims for weight loss supplement products feed the Federal Trade Commission with the highest settlement costs within the dietary supplement and functional food category, according to a new web-based, members-only tool from the Council for Responsible Nutrition. 

August 19, 2014

CVS Caremark on Monday announced that its Accordant Health Services division has received full NCQA Patient and Practitioner Oriented Disease Management accreditation.

 

August 19, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Mylan Institutional’s application for its dexmedetomidine hydrochloride injection, the company announced Tuesday. 

August 19, 2014

PharmaJet, the developer of a needle-free injection technology to administer medications and vaccines to patients, and bioCSL, the maker of Afluria (influenza vaccine) on Tuesday announced the Food and Drug Administration has approved the PharmaJet Stratis 0.5mL Needle-Free Jet Injector for delivery of Afluria in individuals ages 18 years to 64 years.

August 19, 2014

Walgreens on Tuesday announced that flu shots are now available at all locations, including pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics.

 

August 19, 2014

DSN presents a preview of some of the hottest OTC products that will appear on the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo.

August 19, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has granted tentative approval for Basaglar (insulin glargine injection), which is used to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes and in combination with mealtime insulin in adults and pediatric patients with Type 1 diabetes.

August 18, 2014

Bartell Drugs on Monday announced the launch of a seasonal flu vaccination program, which offers in-store vaccinations at 63 Bartell Drug locations, as well as an off-site flu clinic program that serves area businesses and retirement communities.

August 18, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration will be hosting an all-day hearing on Sept. 17 seeking public comment on five draft guidance documents related to the implementation of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012, as well as input on future policy priorities. 

August 18, 2014

From July 29 to Aug. 18, people have donated $15.6 million to the ALS Association as the result of the viral Ice Bucket Challenge. 

 

August 18, 2014

Generics company Libertas Pharma this summer has rolled out a new multivitamin intended for patients with malabsorption. 

August 18, 2014

Americans aspire to be healthier by making better food choices, but admit that the saying is a lot easier than the doing, according to a new white paper titled "Health and Wellness in America" released by Nielsen and the Natural Marketing Institute last week. 

August 18, 2014

Recurrence of hormone-related breast cancer was cut by half in overweight and obese women who regularly used aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, according to data published last week in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

August 18, 2014

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, according to a study published Friday in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

August 15, 2014

Pfizer’s Prevnar 13 vaccine for pneumonia has been recommended for use by patients 65 years old and up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization practices advisory committee.