April 7, 2016

So far in 2016, there have been multiple Part D plans and PBMs that have been utilizing MAC drug pricing values that are "far below what would be considered to be reasonably approaching market prices for drugs," the letter noted.

April 6, 2016

Lupin on Wednesday announced the appointment of Dr. Kurt Nielsen as president of Lupin-Somerset.

April 6, 2016
Lupin received final approval for Zolpidem Sublingual Tablets from the United States Food & Drug Administration earlier, as well as final clearance from the FTC with 180 days of exclusivity.
 
April 6, 2016

Hospira, now a Pfizer company, entered into an agreement with Celltrion and Celltrion Healthcare in 2009 for several potential biosimilar products, including the recently-approved Inflectra.

April 5, 2016
ANI Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced the Food and Drug Administration approval for one new generic and the launch of another. 
April 5, 2016

Global Citizen is reporting that GlaxoSmithKline will be granting licenses to generics manufacturers in lower middle-income countries in a move aimed at increasing access to medicine in low-income countries. The company announced the changes at the end of March, noting that rather than attempting to enforce its patents, it would move to a licensing model, charging a small fee to generics manufacturers. (Global Citizen)

April 4, 2016
The drug had annual sales of about $26.2 million for the 12 months ended February 2016, according to IMS Health. 
April 4, 2016

The study found that Walgreens pharmacy patients who used a multi-faceted medication adherence program had a 3% higher medication adherence rate and lower healthcare costs than those who use other pharmacies.

April 1, 2016

However, flu activity is still relatively high across Wyoming, Montana and Kentucky, according to the report. 

April 1, 2016
The report attributes the growth to a concurrent increase in chronic pain in the United States, stemming from an aging population and more incidences of such chronic diseases as diabetes, obesity, cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. 
April 1, 2016

Deloitte’s new whitepaper, “Retail health & wellness: Innovation, convergence and healthier consumers” offers background and insights into how and why retailers are making the large shift toward more robust health and wellness offerings. 

March 31, 2016

The complaint alleges that Endo paid Impax Laboratories and Watson Laboratories, which were the first companies to file for FDA approval for generics of Endo’s Opana ER and Lidoderm, to delay their generic product launches. 

March 31, 2016

The $550 million acquisition is aimed at strengthening Humanwell and PuraCap’s U.S. generics footprint and manufacturing capabilities. 

March 30, 2016

Recognizing that an estimated 40% of sold medications end up unused, the Alliance for Aging Research's latest “pocket film” offers consumers a simple step-by-step guide on safe disposal. 

March 29, 2016

The drug had annual U.S. sales of about $52.8 million for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2015, according to IMS Health.

March 29, 2016

Russia Beyond the Headlines is reporting that in Russia, following the news in early March that tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, sales of the drug — which costs about $4 to $5 (300 rubles) and which many pharmacies sell without a prescription — have risen dramatically. According to the report, many of those buying the drug are amateur athletes. (RBTH)

March 28, 2016

Alembic Pharmaceuticals has launched its 13th product in the U.S.

March 28, 2016

Last month, the CDC reported preliminary overall influenza vaccine effectiveness of 59% this season. 

March 28, 2016

The fifth edition of this special Rx-Impact report — inserted in headquarter copies of this issue of DSN and delivered to all current members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate — is meant to help educate lawmakers on the important role community pharmacy plays as the face of health care in neighborhoods all across America, helping to lower the cost of health care, improving patient access, advancing the quality of care and ultimately delivering better outcomes.

March 25, 2016

With the ability to share information with healthcare practitioners or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

March 25, 2016

Health Canada announced earlier this week that it had revised the Federal Prescription Drug use and reclassified naloxone as a Schedule II drug, making it available without a prescription.

March 24, 2016

The drug is indicated to treat partial onset seizures in adults and children. 

March 24, 2016

The guidance encourages the industry to develop generic version of opioids that are difficult to abuse by crushing pills to snort or dissolving a capsule to inject the contents.

March 23, 2016

The drug had a market size in the United States of about $55 million for the 12 months ended January 2016, according to IMS Health data.