November 24, 2015

Reuters is reporting that Brookshire Grocery’s parent company, Brookshire Holdings, has stopped the process it was undergoing to potentially sell the grocery chain for as much as $1 billion. The company did not give any comment on why the process was stopped. (Reuters)

November 24, 2015

Following Monday’s announcement that Pfizer would be merging with Ireland-based company Allergan, some analysts are predicting that Pfizer would split the combined company following the $160 billion deal, Reuters reported. According to the report, the split would likely divide the company’s established products (i.e., generics) unit and its innovative medicines unit, composed of drugs that are still patent-protected. (Reuters)

November 24, 2015

Rite Aid is prepping for the biggest shopping day of the year with deals and specials that can earn customers plenty of Plenti points. 

November 24, 2015

This week, 914 INC/Westchester Magazine held its fifth annual tribute to 19 business women in the region, among them Robin Russo, founder and president of integrated health-and-wellness brand marketing agency Robin Leedy & Associates.

November 24, 2015

In this week’s What’s Next, Lonni Delane looks at how social media is fostering the growth of the online beauty guru and allowing for more diversity than ever. 

November 23, 2015

The new indication provides another option for the estimated 300,000 patients who will undergo hip replacements in a year. 

November 23, 2015

CVS Health has opted to only offer one of the two new PCSK9 inhibitors on its CVS/caremark commercial formularies. 

November 23, 2015

The Emerson Group has hired Vince DeTurris, who held a variety of positions at Johnson & Johnson in his 21-year career there. 

November 23, 2015

The FDA has approved Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo as a treatment for renal cell carcinoma in some patients. 

November 23, 2015

Greenstone received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its generic Zyvox. 

November 23, 2015

The popular Oreo Churros line introduced by J&J Snack Foods last November has two new creme-filled offerings. 

November 23, 2015

Mylan has rolled out its MyFreshStart online tool for patients with hypertension taking Mavik in an effort to increase adherence among them. 

November 23, 2015

Earlier this year, California and Oregon passed laws allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control to patients. As the measure is set to roll out in the first half of 2016, the New York Times has reported on the growing trend of states allowing pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives, noting its potential impact on medically underserved populations. “I feel strongly that this is what’s best for women’s health in the 21st century, and I also feel it will have repercussions for decreasing poverty because one of the key things for women in poverty is unintended pregnancy,” Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler, the Republican who sponsored Oregon’s law, told NYT. (New York Times)

November 23, 2015

Perrigo is buying a Crohn’s disease treatment from AstraZeneca. 

November 23, 2015

A 15-member board composed will govern the combined company and Pfizer CEO Ian Read will be CEO of the combined company and Allergan CEO Brent Saunders will be the president and COO. 

November 23, 2015

Prestige Brands will acquire DenTek, a move that will expand its oral care portfolio into the growing specialty oral care category. 

November 23, 2015

Following reports that a previously unannounced deal between Safeway and embattled diagnostics company Theranos was falling apart, MedCity News is reporting that Safeway has begun offering diagnostic testing through local Sonora Quest Laboratories at a location in Scottsdale, Ariz., with another Arizona location opening soon. Neither Safeway nor the diagnostics company would comment on further plans for expansion. Safeway has invested some $350 million in retail clinics that offer diagnostic testing. (MedCity News)

November 23, 2015

E-commerce is seeing consumers shift away from desktop shopping and toward a mobile experience. 

November 20, 2015

The average annual cost of a specialty medication used on a chronic basis exceeded $53,000 in 2013, which is more than the median U.S. household income, AARP noted. 

November 20, 2015

Alchemia’s shareholders approved the sale of Fondaparinux at the company’s annual general meeting held on Nov. 10.

November 20, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued new warning labeling guidance for medicines containing acetaminophen, according to a blog posted by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society. "The guidance ... helps to clarify certain cases where manufacturers of internal analgesic, antipyretic and antirheumatic OTC drugs would be able to change liver warnings when the product's directions for use result in a maximum daily dose of acetaminophen that is less than 4,000 mg for adults," wrote Zachary Brennan. (RAPS

 

November 20, 2015

GNC pulls USPlabs products off shelves following Department of Justice action taken Wednesday. 

November 20, 2015

Specialty medications represent only 1% of all prescriptions but, in 2014, these medications resulted in over 31% of all drug spending.

November 20, 2015

In preparation for this launch, Mission has expanded its sales force and increased promotional efforts to reach more primary care and internal medicine healthcare providers.