March 5, 2013

You might want to make a note of this. On paper. Despite all the hoopla surrounding electronically generated prescriptions, e-communications and digitized patient recordkeeping over the past decade, most doctors still prefer to write prescriptions the old fashioned way, by hand, scrawled on a prescription pad and handed to the patient.

That was the finding of a recent study of physicians’ prescribing habits by point-of-prescription advertising company MediScripts. The company, which by its own description “puts brand messages at the center of the prescriber-patient engagement,” found that handwritten scripts still outpace e-prescribing by more than 60%. Drug Store News’ Alaric DeArment described the findings in a report on Feb. 28.

March 5, 2013

Sam's Club will offer free allergy and health screenings at all of its stores that operate pharmacies, the club retailer said.

March 5, 2013

Several senators have requested that the Government Accountability Office look for ways to coordinate the efforts of law enforcement and public health agencies at various levels and nonprofit organizations to address prescription drug abuse.

March 5, 2013

A number of pharma companies joined Monday on the launch of the CommonWell Health Alliance to better enable seamless access to healthcare data.

March 5, 2013

While Publix has been tied to rumors it may put in a bid for Harris Teeter, local daily The Ledger on Monday reported that Publix isn't at all interested.

March 5, 2013

Weis Markets on Tuesday reported net income of $82.5 million for the 52-week period ended Dec. 29.

March 4, 2013

Beiersdorf has introduced its new Nivea Lip Butter line, which includes shea butter and almond oil, the beauty product company said.

March 4, 2013

The Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research, the foundation of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, announced the appointment of three directors to its board: including Gregory Drew, president of Value Drug; Peyton Howell, president of global sourcing and manufacturer relations at AmerisourceBergen; and, Kirk Kaminsky, SVP operations of McKesson Specialty Health.

March 4, 2013

Cheetos is mixing things up with its new Cheetos Mix-Ups snack mixes, which combine four Cheetos snack flavors in various shapes in one shareable bag. The brand, part of PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, also announced that its spokescat, Chester Cheetah, has joined Twitter as @ChesterCheetah and is asking fans to tweet their opinions of the new snack.

March 4, 2013

There are many reasons not to eat junk food, but researchers in Australia have found one reason why pregnant mothers especially might want to avoid it.

March 4, 2013

CVS/pharmacy will sponsor more than 750 Project Health events in more than 10 cities, offering free health screenings to multicultural communities, the retail pharmacy chain said.

March 4, 2013

In November 2012, The Drug Store News Group hosted in New York an exclusive roundtable discussion of leading pharmacy retailers and a handful of key vendors. Moderated by special guest Dave Wendland of Hamacher Resource Group, the panel tackled a wide range of issues, including how to expand pharmacist accessibility for patients with diabetes; measuring and managing patient outcomes; government reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and the use of complementary and alternative medicines.

March 4, 2013

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has purchased a company that bottles its beverages for much of the West, the company said.

March 4, 2013

Erba Vita announced its entry into the U.S. market with a line of supplements, including Propolis, a resinous material collected by honeybees from tree buds and other plant sources shown to benefit the immune system.

March 4, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory application for a new painkiller from Iroko Pharmaceuticals, the drug maker said.

March 4, 2013

In celebration of its recently launched Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara, a new mascara that delivers the look of lash extensions, L'Oréal Paris is kicking off a nationwide digital contest inviting consumers to snap and upload a photo to LorealGetNoticed.com for the chance to be named the next "face" of L'Oréal Paris.

March 4, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association submitted written comments urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to take action on a wide range of what NCPA characterizes as "anti-patient, anti-pharmacist practices," the association announced.

March 4, 2013

President Obama will nominate Walmart Foundation president Sylvia Mathews Burwell as director of the Office of Management and Budget on Monday, according to published reports.

March 4, 2013

Red Bull Energy on Monday introduced nationwide three new flavors: cranberry, lime and blueberry. In new red, silver and blue cans, the Editions from Red Bull provide the same energy and effect of the original, but with a taste for every palate.

March 4, 2013

A hospital system on Long Island in New York state has a partnership with CVS' MinuteClinic, according to published reports.

March 4, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration will inspect about 30 compounding pharmacies that it has deemed "high risk," according to published reports.

March 4, 2013

Automatic spending cuts stemming from the failure of Congress and the White House to reach a budget deal will likely harm the disease-preventing capabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new report.

March 4, 2013

A system for connecting doctors with patients via smartphone is being presented at a healthcare information technology conference this month.

March 4, 2013

Sixty-two percent of teenagers say they don't eat breakfast every day of the week, according to a new report released Monday that investigates the link between nutrition, physical activity and academic performance.