November 22, 2013

At Bloomberg's The Year Ahead: 2014 conference at the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday, Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson joined a group of health care thought leaders to discuss the state of healthcare in the United States.

November 22, 2013

A new report released by Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix shows that the Canadian healthcare system could save C$1.4 billion to C$1.9 billion by expanding the role of pharmacists.

While there are some important differences between the healthcare systems in the United States and Canada, both face common problems, in particular, a rising burden of chronic disease and rising costs. But they also have in common a way to alleviate some of the burden on physicians and some of the costs: increasing the kinds of services that pharmacists can provide.

November 22, 2013

Care Pharmacies Cooperative on Thursday announced the addition of two new members to its 2014 board of directors, with two incumbents rejoining for an additional term.

November 22, 2013

Coty has appointed Mary van Praag as GM of the OPI brand, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

November 22, 2013

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, will provide $25,000 in grants in honor of #GivingTuesday, a national movement when charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations will come together on Dec. 3 to create a national day of giving back.

November 22, 2013

Cornerstone Therapeutics has added specialty pharmacy Diplomat to its limited-distribution network for a newly approved treatment for cystic fibrosis, Diplomat said Friday.

November 22, 2013

The shareholders of Elan Corp. approved the acquisition of the company by Perrigo Co. at two special meetings.

November 22, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals for treating thyroid cancer, the agency said Friday.

November 22, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has granted regular approval to a new drug made by Pfizer for treating a form of lung cancer, the drug maker said.

November 22, 2013

Increased customer traffic helped drive Dollar Tree’s third-quarter results. The retailer cited growth in consumer basics, as well as seasonal and variety merchandise, and said its higher-margin variety categories are growing at a faster pace.

November 22, 2013

Minerco Resources announced that Level 5 Beverage Co. has acquired VitaminFizz, a low-calorie, vitamin-enriched soda that was developed by Power Brands Consulting.

November 22, 2013

Sandoz has launched an authorized generic version of a topical drug for treating actinic keratosis, the company said.

November 22, 2013

Schnuck Markets is offering to store perishable foods for people who have lost power due to the large storm outbreak that hit the Midwest over the weekend, the supermarket chain said in announcements on its Facebook page.

November 22, 2013

Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the Dec. 23, 2011, decision of the Court of Appeal of Ontario that restored the prohibition on private-label generic drug products in the Province of Ontario, which was subsequent to a decision of the Ontario Divisional Court dated Feb. 3, 2011, that declared the regulatory restrictions in respect of private-label generic drug products to be invalid.

November 22, 2013

Walgreens on Thursday announced the appointment of Sona Chawla, president of e-commerce, as president of digital and chief marketing officer. In this new role, Chawla will lead a newly created Digital and Marketing Division, establishing a unified and integrated digital, enterprise-wide marketing, and customer loyalty and insights group to advance Walgreens “Well Experience” strategy and vision to be the first choice in health and daily living in America and beyond, Walgreens stated.

Chawla is a brilliant thinker and tech wiz whose e-commerce strategies have helped Walgreens forge new relationships with customers however they engage with Walgreens — now she brings that expertise to a global marketing role for the company at a time when digitization and big data-driven insights are bringing a greater degree of personalization to customer engagement efforts.

November 22, 2013

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched its generic version of a drug for patients with cystic fibrosis, the Israeli drug maker said Thursday.

November 22, 2013

Walmart is providing a number of special holiday deals to online and mobile shoppers as part of an early Cyber Monday promotion that begins Saturday, Nov. 30. In addition, Walmart's mobile app customers, Facebook fans and email subscribers will be among the first to receive invitations to an early shopping event on Sunday, Dec. 1, featuring up to 20 of the best Cyber Monday items, before they are widely available.

November 22, 2013

On Nov. 18, the Senate passed by voice vote the Drug Quality and Security Act, sending to president Barack Obama's desk legislation that implements federal tracking and tracing of drugs and strengthens federal regulations on pharmacy compounding.

The bipartisan bill, which has the support of such trade groups as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, ties up a couple of problematic loose ends in the pharmaceutical supply chain, namely the so-called "downstream" supply chain, which refers to the path that drugs take from their manufacturers to providers and patients, as well as sterile compounding.

November 21, 2013

Actavis will lay off more than 30% of the sales staff from its branded-drugs division as part of its acquisition of Warner Chilcott, the drug maker said.

November 21, 2013

Elevated body mass index, or BMI, has been called the “elephant in the exam room” because often it is overlooked by clinicians, despite overwhelming evidence suggesting that weight loss reduces risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

November 21, 2013

It has been called “the blockbuster drug of the century,” the holy grail of health care and the next great frontier in the search for a more responsive and cost-effective healthcare system. But is it a truly achievable goal, and will it really transform the way health care is delivered in the United States?

November 21, 2013

Nowhere is the need to engage more effectively with patients more apparent than in the area of medication adherence.

November 21, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve an experimental drug for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder developed by Forest Labs and Gedeon Richter, a Hungarian drug company, the two said Thursday.

November 21, 2013

Baseball champions David Ortiz and Shane Victorino had their beards trimmed and shaved by Gillette on Nov. 4 to mark the end of the 2013 season.