August 8, 2013

One of the biggest problems with the healthcare reform law is that a lot of people out there don't fully understand it. To educate the general public about the law, a few organizations have come up with simple, online tools aimed at dispelling the confusion.

August 8, 2013

Results of a recent federal survey of Medicare Part D claims is again roiling the sometimes strained relationship between independent and smaller-chain community pharmacies and managed care, and could herald a growing threat to those pharmacies as health plan payers and pharmacy benefit managers abandon open pharmacy provider networks and shift more business to exclusive preferred pharmacy groups.

August 8, 2013

Can one of the nation's premier specialty pharmacies maintain its focus on each patient it serves while simultaneously smashing its own growth records and reaching national power-player status in the rarified world of specialized medication services?

August 8, 2013

Any specialty pharmacy provider that wants to succeed in today's healthcare arena has to align its capabilities with patients, prescribing physicians, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers. But success also depends on delivering cost savings and high-touch patient care services to managed care and health plan payers that depend on it.

August 8, 2013

The Supreme Court usually has a lot on its plate in any given year, but this year's term included a pretty big case for the pharmaceutical industry: the Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, which concerned legal settlements between branded and generic drug makers that often occur when the latter attempts to market a generic drug before the former's patents have expired.

August 8, 2013

There's no way to sugarcoat it. Over the past two decades, Flint, Mich., headquarters city for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, had become a poster child for urban decline.

August 7, 2013

PingMD, a New York City-based mobile communications healthcare solutions company, has announced that Lambda Fund IV is making an investment in PingMD’s B-round of funding.

August 6, 2013

A new report from UnitedHealthcare released Monday discusses engagement strategies and incentives used by its employees that contributed to improved workforce health and $107 million in healthcare cost-savings in the first 36 months, illustrating how employers can play a valuable role in spurring employees to take action to improve their health.

August 2, 2013

CVS Caremark announced on Friday that it has agreed to a $20 million civil penalty to resolve a previously disclosed investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into 2009 public disclosures made by the company, securities transactions and certain aspects of the purchase accounting adjustment related to the October 2008 Longs Drug Stores acquisition.

August 1, 2013

Bartell Drugs is sponsoring a two-week series of events to celebrate the opening of its 61st store, the company said.

August 1, 2013

A new website aims to educate businesses about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

July 30, 2013

Nutrisystem feels it has a role to play in helping Americans meet their health-and-wellness goals, the company's chief executive shared with analysts on Tuesday.

July 29, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association endorsed the Restoring Access to Medication Act (H.R. 2835), which would repeal a requirement enacted into law as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 that requires consumers to obtain a prescription in order to utilize their flexible spending arrangements and health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines.

July 26, 2013

Independent pharmacies enrolled in AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp.'s Good Neighbor Pharmacy Business Coaching program have experienced per-employee sales increases of 5% on average, the company said.

July 26, 2013

Grocer A&P, which emerged from bankruptcy about a year ago, is reportedly up for sale, according to The Wall Street Journal, who obtained an internal memo that is circulating to employees.

July 25, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced that it is an official sponsor of the National Urban League's 2013 Conference in Philadelphia this week and will exhibit at the conference its diversity programs, including work-force initiatives, health screenings and multicultural product offerings.

July 25, 2013

Publix is successfully competing against a retail behemoth like Walmart, in part, because of the company's ownership structure — 80% of the company is employee-owned — argues an article that will appear in the Aug. 12 issue of Forbes. And pharmacy is the company's fastest-growing department.

July 25, 2013

The majority of employers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania don't plan to change their hiring practices in response to Obamacare, according to a new survey.

July 24, 2013

Despite widespread doubt and dissatisfaction, most adults say they're not ready to repeal the healthcare-reform law signed into law two years ago by President Obama, according to a poll.

July 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday took action to remove from the market illegal products, including some labeled as dietary supplements, that claim to mitigate, treat, cure or prevent diabetes and related complications.

July 22, 2013

As many as 62% of Springfield, Mo., residents oppose a proposed law that would require all consumers to obtain a doctor's prescription before buying cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, according to a recent poll conducted on behalf of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Magellan Strategies.

July 22, 2013

Spartan Stores and Nash Finch Co. on Monday announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Spartan Stores and Nash Finch will combine in an all-stock merger valued at approximately $1.3 billion, including existing net debt at each company.

July 22, 2013

Walgreens Infusion Services partners with a regional health care plan operator to better serve specialty infusion patients. Because alternate treatment sites represent a less-expensive care option, the possible savings that can be realized through this program falls between 30% and 70%, depending on the medication regimen, according to a Walgreens industry analysis.

Would you like to pay one-third, or even more than two-thirds, less on your healthcare? Of course you would. But allocating additional points-of-care, including home delivery, so that the care is better accessible and more convenient in an environment without as much overhead? That's just not paying less. That's paying less and getting more.

July 19, 2013

With major parts of the Affordable Care Act going into effect in 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new animated video to help people understand the healthcare system changes on the horizon.