March 17, 2016
  WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association announced Thursday that its House of Delegates had voted to adopt a new policy concerning labeling and measuring of oral liquid medications at the APhA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md.   
March 17, 2016
Camber offers the drug in 5-, 10-, 20-, 40- and 80-mg tablets.
March 17, 2016

OptumRx is UnitedHealth Group’s free-standing pharmacy care services business, managing more than one billion prescriptions annually.

March 16, 2016

The American Pharmacists Association has shown support for the new guideline encouraging physicians to first turn to non-opioid treatment for chronic pain outside cancer-related pain, palliative treatment and end-of-life care.

March 16, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration recently released an updated Manual of Policies and Procedures that said applications for generic drugs that only have one manufacturer could get an expedited review. 

March 16, 2016

Drug Store News spoke to Generic Pharmaceutical Association's president and CEO Chip Davis about the year ahead for GPhA and what some of the biggest battles for the generic drug industry will be.

March 15, 2016
The average price for branded drugs rose 16.2% in 2015, with a third of branded product seeing a price hike last year, according to Express Scripts. 
March 15, 2016

Like a powerful tide that gradually eats away at the foundations of a once-impregnable sea wall, the booming market for generic drugs advances and recedes with the rise and fall in the number of branded drug patent expirations each year. Download the full Generic Drug Report 2016 to read more.

March 15, 2016

Reuters is reporting that Teva is expecting for its acquisition of Allergan’s generic drug unit — a deal valued at $40.5 billion — to be complete by June. Currently it is makign progress, receiving approval from the European Commission and awaiting approval from the Federal Trade Commission. (Reuters)

March 14, 2016

Increasingly, states are looking to address the prescription painkiller problem with as many as 375 proposals coursing through state legislatures that would regulated pain clinics and prescribing painkillers, The New York Times reported Friday. "The states are going to lead on this one because Big Pharma has too much power," Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Democrat, told The New York Times. The New York Times added: "The pace of [legislative] activity in states has grown so intense that experts are having difficulty keeping track." (The New York Times)

March 11, 2016

Alembic Pharmaceuticals launched its Theophylline ER on Friday

March 11, 2016

Teva on Thursday became the first company to get U.S. approval for its generic Viagra from the Food and Drug Administration. Regulatory Focus is reporting that according to Teva, the erectile dysfunction generic will start being marketed in December 2017, due to a settlement the company reached with Pfizer, which makes Viagra. The drug was approved in 25- 50- and 100-mg dosage strengths. (Regulatory Focus)

March 10, 2016
This marks Alembic’s seventh product launch in 2016. 
March 10, 2016

In 2014, only about 35% of covered drugs on Medicare Part D drug plans were subject to coinsurance, but that number rose to 58% this year.

March 9, 2016

Lupin said the acquisition will grow the company’s footprint in the U.S. generics market and expands its dermatology, controlled substance product and high value and niche generics pipeline

March 9, 2016

The drug is indicated to control and prevent asthma symptoms in children aged 1 to 8 year. 

March 8, 2016

“Better care, smarter spending, healthier people.” Those were the goals set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in September when it unveiled plans for a five-year federal experiment to gauge the effectiveness of expanded medication therapy management for Medicare patients.

March 8, 2016

Like a powerful tide that gradually eats away at the foundations of a once-impregnable sea wall, the booming market for generic drugs advances and recedes with the rise and fall in the number of branded drug patent expirations each year.

March 8, 2016

As part of its annual Industry Issues Conference in December, Drug Store News assembled a first-class panel of retail pharmacy and supplier executives for an exclusive, in-depth discussion on emerging best practices for improving care among patients with chronic conditions.

March 7, 2016

Alvogen is looking to build its U.S. business, acquiring a Wis.-based specialty generics company.

March 7, 2016

Naloxone is already available without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations through standing order or collaborative practice agreements in 15 states.

March 4, 2016

The future of American health care could be summed up in one word — “connection.” To thrive in a fast-reforming healthcare system that demands better patient outcomes at a lower cost, pharmacies, physicians, hospitals, health systems, outpatient clinicians and diagnosticians are going to have to connect much more effectively, both with one another and with the patients they serve.

March 4, 2016

Going back at least to the mid-1800s, many community pharmacists have been given the informal title of “doc” or “doctor” by grateful local residents, particularly in smaller towns and rural communities where the local pharmacist might be the only health provider within miles. These days, the title is more than honorary; it’s a requirement.

March 4, 2016

The savings card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies, FamilyWize said, including such major partners as Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Kmart, Publix, Costco, Albertsons and Safeway, Kroger and Sam’s Club.