January 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

December 5, 2013

Among diabetes sufferers and those with a diabetic in their household, the critical role of the physician in condition management is most visible, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers. Eight-in-10 indicate their doctor is very or somewhat involved in their own or their household member's diabetes management; half report their doctor is their primary source for condition info — 43% more than those using the second-most common source, health-related web sites.

January 29, 2015

Rite Aid reported a 4.8% increase in same-store sales benefiting in part from a strong flu season to date.

 

January 29, 2015

If its goal of expanding health coverage to more Americans is fully realized, the Affordable Care Act could end up pulling as many as 30 million more people into the ranks of the newly insured. That means rising prescription counts and more patients at pharmacy counters and in drug store aisles, but it also poses challenges in managing and educating patients about their benefits.

 

January 29, 2015

Three UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now.

 

January 29, 2015

On the heels of Wednesday’s news that the U.S. House of Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation that would formally designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B, the U.S. Senate has followed suit with a companion bill.

January 28, 2015

BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy on Tuesday earned accreditation from two important industry accrediting bodies: Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites and Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

January 28, 2015

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would formally designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B.

January 28, 2015

CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with LSU Healthcare Network in New Orleans and Shawnee Mission Health in Kansas.

January 28, 2015

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday released a discussion document in the 21st Century Cures initiative.

January 28, 2015

Several of the nation’s largest healthcare systems and payers on Tuesday announced a powerful new private-sector alliance dedicated to accelerating the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system to value-based business and clinical models.

January 28, 2015

"During one of the sessions at the 2008 NACDS Regional Chain Conference, we projected onto the video screen some images of advertisements that NACDS was beginning to use in the Washington, D.C. area. Looking back, one of the things that I remember most was the boldness and strategic focus of the tagline: 'Pharmacies. The face of neighborhood healthcare.' With the 2015 edition of this meeting just days away, it is striking how far we have come!" writes NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson in his latest blog post. 

January 28, 2015

Doctors making house calls? It sounds so …19th century, conjuring up images of a tweedy medical practitioner arriving on someone’s doorstep by horse and buggy with a medical bag and a stethoscope. 

January 27, 2015

Balm Chicky Balm Balm, the only brand of all-natural lip balm to feature "The Friend End" tube, will appear on ABC's “Shark Tank” to showcase the product.

January 27, 2015

Bartell Drugs has announced that it is spotlighting American Heart Month as it celebrates its 125th anniversary by offering heart-healthy screenings in all 63 store locations.

January 27, 2015

Dietary supplement manufacturers should include a daily serving of at least 150 mcg of iodine in all multivitamin/mineral supplements intended for pregnant and lactating women in the United States, the Council for Responsible Nutrition advised in guidelines for industry released Tuesday. 

January 27, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced approval for the first generic version of Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release capsules), which are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults and children ages 1 year and older.

January 27, 2015

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program toward paying providers based on the quality of care they give patients.

 

January 27, 2015

Miraculins on Tuesday announced that it will be commencing a pilot program with Lovell Drugs and Pear Healthcare Solutions that will see the placement of the first stand-alone, Scout DS diabetes screening kiosks in Lovell’s retail pharmacy locations in Ontario.

January 27, 2015

HIV patients using a mobile app are 2.9 times more likely to be adherent.

January 27, 2015

Emphasizing the importance of promoting policies that improve patient outcomes and lead to healthier, safer communities, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in lead-up to Tuesday’s hearing titled, “Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Patients and Local Communities.”

January 27, 2015

Procter & Gamble reported a decrease in second-quarter net sales as segment results proved to be a mixed bag.

January 27, 2015

Call it the point-of-care revolution: The accelerating shift of patients from overcrowded doctors’ offices to accessible, clinically engaged pharmacists and retail clinicians for front-line health-and-wellness services.

 

January 27, 2015

A new study from the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, found a significant association in reducing death from cardiovascular disease among multivitamin users vs. non-users, when the supplements were taken for three or more years.