December 15, 2015

Investigators recommend a serum vitamin D level of at least 40 ng/mL to protect against stress fractures. 

December 15, 2015

"Partnering with key brands like trusource is allowing Kroger to build and provide a full product regimen to meet the needs of our customers," stated Travis Riepenhoff, Kroger drug/GM category manager.

December 15, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration approved the new multiple myeloma drug four months ahead of the date of its Priority Review. 

December 11, 2015

The grant program is intended to reduce the misuse of prescription medications through properly disposing of expired or unused medications by supporting new or existing initiatives.

December 10, 2015

The mySugr Logbook is a popular smartphone application that helps people with diabetes improve self-management through elements of gamification, design and immediate feedback through a personalized diabetes monitor. 

December 9, 2015

The annual sales for lidocaine ointment in the United States were $251 million for the year ending September 2015, according to IMS Health data.

December 9, 2015

DSN examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of generics, technology, automation, prescription drug home delivery services and Web-based diabetes monitoring, in this multi-page report.

December 9, 2015

Niche Pharmaceuticals cites published clinical trials that have shown that daily magnesium supplementation taken for a minimum of two to three months can reduce the occurrence of migraine days by at least 50%.

December 8, 2015

The drug is indicated to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. 

December 7, 2015

Getting 65% of Americans to manage their high levels of LDL cholesterol by 2017 is one of the major targets of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes.

December 7, 2015

A new, long-term pilot program from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, set to launch in 11 states in January 2017, will gauge the effectiveness of an Enhanced Medication Therapy Management model.

December 7, 2015

Pharmacies large and small are turning to sophisticated technologies that can streamline the prescription-filling process, maximize workflow and ultimately free up pharmacists to counsel their patients.

December 7, 2015

McKesson will be discussing these trends with health systems pharmacy leaders at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting 2015 here.

December 4, 2015

Attendees can get a first-hand look at a number of solutions designed to address top pharmacy challenges, including McKesson Health Systems, McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation and Parata. 

December 4, 2015

A clinical study demonstrates that The Stork OTC is more effective at delivering sperm to the cervix than natural intercourse when trying to get pregnant. The peer-reviewed, post-coital sperm assessment study was performed over a 10-month period by study author Michael Pelekanos, and is published in the Surgical Technology International.

December 3, 2015

Montelukast sodium — a generic version of Singulair — is meant to treat allergies and prevent asthma attacks. 

December 2, 2015

According to an Associated Press report published in the New York Times, a bipartisan Senate Finance committee report found that Gilead Sciences, maker of hepatitis C treatments Harvoni and Sovaldi, chose to price Sovaldi at $1,000 a pill ($84,000 for a course of treatment) despite evidence that a lower price would allow more people to take advantage of the treatment. Gilead rejected the committee’s conclusions, noting that it “responsibly and thoughtfully priced Sovaldi and Harvoni,” as lawmakers point to this case as a cautionary tale for other expensive treatments. (New York Times)

December 2, 2015

First introduced by DSN and higi in June, the online series of fitness-tracking competitions rewards pharmacists for modeling healthy behavior for their patients, by logging the most miles in a given challenge period.

December 2, 2015

One major study cited by American Nurse Today found incorrect dosing accounted for 42% of adverse reactions while genetic factors caused approximately 50%. 

December 2, 2015

More than 50% of past workshop participants now own a community pharmacy. 

December 2, 2015

The device features comfort-enhancing technology, which uses a series of eight raised dots on the end of the lancet that reduces pain from the needle when pressed against the sample area.

December 2, 2015

The Gmate SMART blood glucose meter is the size of a quarter and connects to the headphone jack of the smartphone.

December 1, 2015

Cozaar, sold by Merck, is indicated to treat high blood pressure. 

December 1, 2015

The two new 32- and 24-count packs packages contain blister packs with individually perforated tablet blisters and individual tablet printing on the backing foil. Both also come with an extended shelf life of up to three years.