July 21, 2014

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Monday that opens up medical marijuana to treat symptoms of epilepsy in adults and children.

July 21, 2014

Innocutis on Monday announced the introduction of Sitavig (acyclovir) 50-mg buccal tablet into North American markets.

July 21, 2014

Commentary published online Monday addresses the controversy surrounding the high costs of new Hepatitis C virus treatments and implications for the growing specialty pharmacy market. 

 

July 21, 2014

Even before the official start of this year’s McKesson ideaShare conference, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center was buzzing with attendees eager to take advantage of the robust lineup of continuing education courses held on Sunday and Monday.

July 21, 2014

Tec Labs announced a packaging overhaul for its line of Licefreee products, with a focus on creating an invigorating contrast among other products, the company said.

July 21, 2014

This year’s McKesson ideaShare 2014 kicked off with a bang as thousands of community pharmacy leaders flocked to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the annual event and seize the opportunities to grow in today’s changing healthcare landscape.

July 21, 2014

The new KL1Plus double counts the tablets it dispenses and can then store the count data for up to 10 years.

July 21, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System already is impacting how pharmacies think about their patients and their medication adherence programs, noted Samuel Stolpe, director of quality strategies for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, during a Lunch and Learn session Monday at McKesson ideaShare called “When the Stars Align: Prepare Your Pharmacy For Success.” According to Stolpe, it’s going to become a bigger influencer going forward, especially as the industry develops a pharmacy Star metric that will have a public element and certain health plans experiment with pay-for-performance models to incentivize higher Star ratings among pharmacies.

July 21, 2014

Almost a month after launching its Be Well Network loyalty program, hand sanitizer brand Purell has signed up 75% of the users it had expected for the year, according to Ad Age.

July 21, 2014

Addressing 3,000 independent pharmacy attendees representing more than 1,000 pharmacies at the McKesson ideaShare 2014, Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson’s U.S. pharmaceutical unit outlined the myriad of opportunities open to community pharmacy today, and how McKesson is investing in its independent pharmacy offerings to help those independents realize every one of those opportunities.

July 18, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced the approval of Ruconest, a recombinant C1-Esterase inhibitor product for the treatment of acute attacks in adult and adolescent patients with hereditary angioedema.

July 18, 2014

FedEx on Thursday was indicted as a co-conspirator for illegally distributing pharmaceuticals sourced from a pair of rogue online pharmacies.

 

July 18, 2014

According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, use of milliliters as a dosage measurement unit, as opposed to teaspoons and tablespoons, cut down significantly on medication dosing errors when parents administered medicines to their children.

 

July 17, 2014

There is “something brewing in Congress” these days, NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson wrote in a July 16 newsletter to NACDS chain members.

July 17, 2014

Purdue Pharma announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved a new 7.5-mcg/hour dosage strength of Butrans (buprenorphine) transdermal system CIII.

July 17, 2014

About 30% of top-performing OTC drugs today were once prescription-only medications noted Dave Wendland, VP Hamacher Resource Group, on Thursday during a videocast hosted by GMDC titled "Rx-to-OTC: Getting it Right at Retail."

July 17, 2014

GoJo Industries, the makers of Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, on Wednesday challenged consumers to adopt 30 days of healthy habits by joining the Purell Advanced 30-Day Challenge.

July 17, 2014

Kimberly-Clark announced the launch of GoodNites TRU-FIT underwear, a bedwetting management solution that contains a cotton blend with disposable, absorbent inserts.

July 17, 2014

Women know that dairy, whole grains, fruits and vegetables are keys to a balanced diet – yet many aren't eating them because of the uncomfortable consequences that often occur when they do.

July 17, 2014

A new research study from Walgreens found that patients are relying more on nurse practitioners at retail clinics.

 

July 16, 2014

Capsa Solutions, a provider of medication management systems, mobile computing carts and medical cart platforms for healthcare facilities, announced the acquisition of Kirby Lester, LLC — a provider of automated medication dispensing solutions in retail, institutional, hospital and ambulatory pharmacy settings.

July 16, 2014

CVS Caremark has entered into new clinical affiliations with four healthcare providers.

July 16, 2014

GSK has begun shipping Fluarix Quadrivalent (influenza vaccine) doses to U.S. healthcare providers, the company annouced. This marks the first shipment of GSK's U.S. flu vaccine supply for the flu season, which follows licensing and lot-release approval from the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

July 16, 2014

HelpAround on Wednesday launched a mobile platform for people with diabetes — and their friends, family and caregivers — that reveals fellow ‘diabetes helpers’ from the crowd, helping people resolve sudden health crises, such as getting caught without essential over-the-counter blood glucose test strips.