December 10, 2014

"For small- to medium-sized U.S. OTC manufacturers, the choice of going global usually forces a tough choice: selling directly to one or two important key accounts vs. working with a local distributor partner," writes Ed Rowland, founder and managing partner of Rowland Global LLC, in his latest blog post. 

 

July 15, 2014

Making key decisions about implementing pharmacy automation at both the pharmacy and central fill levels has been a challenge throughout the industry. However, times are changing. To discuss how technology is impacting the industry and how innovative solutions are helping to boost pharmacists' productivity, drive ROI and optimize the fulfillment process, DSNTV recently interviewed Doyle Jensen of Innovation for its Executive Viewpoint video series.

May 29, 2014

For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.

April 24, 2014

As part of the launch of DSN’s new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, DSN had the opportunity to speak with Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, regarding a new initiative that the association is spearheading to address the current patient access problem when it comes to pain management pharmaceuticals.

January 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

January 2, 2014

One reason pain patient advocates are so passionate about what they do is because they are pain patients themselves — they know the stigma associated with chronic pain; they know how difficult it can be to access appropriate pain therapy sometimes. That’s the story of Gina Libby, volunteer pain patient advocate who has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years.

December 5, 2013

Regular visits to the doctor, keeping a strict fitness routine and dieting are perceived to be the most important elements in managing and preventing diabetes, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes. As many as 94% of respondents visited their doctor regularly, and the same number of respondents exercised regularly. To see more Patient Views, click here.

December 5, 2013

Among diabetes sufferers and those with a diabetic in their household, the critical role of the physician in condition management is most visible, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers. Eight-in-10 indicate their doctor is very or somewhat involved in their own or their household member's diabetes management; half report their doctor is their primary source for condition info — 43% more than those using the second-most common source, health-related web sites.

December 5, 2013

Making regular doctor appointments is the activity done most often by respondents (78%) to live a healthy life, at least 10 percentage points higher than diet and exercise, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes. As many as 70% limit alcohol consumption, and 68% monitor their diet.

January 27, 2015

Actavis on Monday agreed to acquire Auden Mckenzie Holdings for approximately $465.8 million in cash, plus a two-year royalty on a percentage of gross profits of one of Auden Mckenzie's products.

January 27, 2015

A survey conducted in eight world markets during the latter half of January 2015 revealed insights on online purchasing habits of consumers in winter.

January 27, 2015

Balm Chicky Balm Balm, the only brand of all-natural lip balm to feature "The Friend End" tube, will appear on ABC Television Network’s “Shark Tank” to showcase the product.

January 27, 2015

Bartell Drugs has announced that it is spotlighting American Heart Month as it celebrates its 125th anniversary by offering heart-healthy screenings in all 63 store locations.

January 27, 2015

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, last week introduced a bill that would extend to new combination drugs containing molecules already approved by the Food and Drug Administration the same five-year market exclusivity as a drug product containing an entirely new set of active ingredients.

January 27, 2015

Dietary supplement manufacturers should include a daily serving of at least 150 mcg of iodine in all multivitamin/mineral supplements intended for pregnant and lactating women in the United States, the Council for Responsible Nutrition advised in guidelines for industry released Tuesday. 

January 27, 2015

Discount Drug Mart founder Parviz Boodjeh died Friday, according to a report in the The Plain Dealer.

January 27, 2015

Velcro is expanding into the beauty and wellness category by teaming up with Dr Teal’s to integrate the Velcro brand Press-Lok closure into the range of Epsom salt bath soaking products.

January 27, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced approval for the first generic version of Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release capsules), which are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults and children ages 1 year and older.

January 27, 2015

Albertsons and Safeway have received clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for the companies' proposed merger.

January 27, 2015

The Global Market Development Center last week named Dewayne Rabon, group VP center store for Bi-Lo Holdings, as the new chairman of the board.

January 27, 2015

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program toward paying providers based on the quality of care they give patients.

 

January 27, 2015

IRI has hired Michael Rosenthal as EVP of global operations. Rosenthal is a member of the executive leadership team and reports to Andrew Appel, president and CEO of IRI.
 

January 27, 2015

Miraculins on Tuesday announced that it will be commencing a pilot program with Lovell Drugs and Pear Healthcare Solutions that will see the placement of the first stand-alone, Scout DS diabetes screening kiosks in Lovell’s retail pharmacy locations in Ontario.

January 27, 2015

HIV patients using a mobile app are 2.9 times more likely to be adherent.