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.

March 4, 2016

For decades, the pharmacy profession labored under a widespread, but inaccurate, public perception of pharmacists as little more than dispensers of prescription medicines and givers of basic counseling on their use. No more. Pharmacists today are highly trained, clinically engaged patient-care specialists making a huge and rapidly growing impact on population health management in communities all over America.

March 4, 2016

The Medicare “lock-in” provision is a part of a larger prescription drug abuse bill known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

March 4, 2016

With medication nonadherence leading to enormous health complications for millions of Americans — and generating staggering and needless cost spikes that add as much as $290 billion a year to the nation’s healthcare costs — the search for ways to get patients to take their prescription medicines as directed has become increasingly urgent.

March 4, 2016

Here’s a fact that keeps health plan administrators and anyone else responsible for budgeting health costs awake at night: 1-in-5 hospital patients ends up back in the hospital within 30 days of their discharge. And the biggest factors pulling them back all have to do with medications — either through medication errors, nonadherence or adverse drug events.

March 3, 2016
Looking forward, for the week of Feb. 28 the top three states experiencing the greatest flu activity gains included Mississippi, Kentucky and South Carolina. 
 
March 1, 2016

In an opinion study commissioned by NACDS last summer, voters appreciate the need to address drug abuse and drug access in a complementary manner.

March 1, 2016

Specialists from 11 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looked at 270 drug summaries on common drug information resource sites between August 2014 and January 2015, finding a median of 782 errors.

February 26, 2016

The ointment will be available in 15-, 60- and 100-g tubes, and the company expects it to be available in the second quarter of 201

February 25, 2016

The Canadian Pharmacists Association in February issued a statement outlining its concern about the health effects of marijuana and cautioned the government "to act first with the health of Canadians in mind."

February 25, 2016
Tobi’s annual sales in Canada were $9.5 million for the 12 months ended November 2015, according to IMS Brogan.
February 25, 2016

Califf is an American cardiologist and has served as the Deputy Commissioner of the FDA Office of Medical Products and Tobacco since January 2015.

February 25, 2016

On its Walgreens Flu Index heat map, both Arizona and Texas are already at the higest level of flu incidence.

February 24, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic of Alzheimers-related dementia treatment Aricept. 

February 24, 2016

In the next 12 months, the company will introduce and adopt a new brand that it says “embodies a new promise, vision and identity for Teva.”

February 23, 2016

Ad Age is reporting that U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., has introduced legislation that would put a three-year ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs in an effort aimed at curbing drug spending.

February 23, 2016

Cipla announced recently that its UK arm had closed the acquisitions of two U.S.-based company. Cipla will own both InvaGen Pharmaceuticals and Exelan Pharmaceuticals, which had combined revenue in 2015 of $230 million.

February 23, 2016

On average, CVS Caremark clients utilizing the company’s value formulary in 2015 saved $20 million or more depending on the number of plan members they support. 

February 23, 2016

The FTC’s proposed consent suggests that the Gavis and Lupin companies sell the productm to G&W Laboratories.

February 23, 2016

Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, will serve a one-year term as the chair of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association's board of directors. 

February 22, 2016

Anthony “Tony” Mauro has been with mylan for more than 20 years, where he has led the company’s North American business for the past four years. 

February 19, 2016

Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and frequent mental distress.