June 20, 2011

In its “2010 Drug Trend Report,” Express Scripts attributed much pharmacy-related waste to patients failing to follow three simple guidelines: Take medications as prescribed, take drugs that maximize clinical benefit for the lowest price and use the safest and cheapest delivery channel.

June 17, 2011

Armada Health Care and Emdeon have entered an agreement to support prior authorization management through Armada's ReachRx suite of services, Armada said.

June 17, 2011

The North Carolina legislature passed a real-time, stop-sale system, which allows law-abiding citizens to access medicines containing pseudoephedrine, while stopping sales that exceed the legal limit.

June 17, 2011

Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the mid-tier department store space now that JCPenney has hired former Apple executive Ron Johnson to be its CEO. Johnson is a former Target merchandising executive who for the past 11 years oversaw the growth of Apple’s wildly successful and widely heralded retail operation.

June 15, 2011

A healthcare services company will continue to serve as the primary pharmaceutical supply chain partner for a pharmacy benefit manager's mail-order business.

June 15, 2011

Novo Nordisk will serve as the national premier sponsor for the American Diabetes Association's annual fundraising walk in 2011 and 2012, the ADA announced.

June 15, 2011

A new survey recently conducted by the University of Florida found that retailers lost $37.1 billion in theft last year, up nearly $4 billion from 2009.

June 14, 2011

Before they can move ahead with their deal, drug makers Teva and Cephalon must provide the Federal Trade Commission with additional information related to Teva's pending acquisition of Cephalon.

June 10, 2011

Cardinal Health on Friday announced a new pharmacy college scholarship program, making $1.1 million in scholarship funds available to 13 pharmacy schools. Recipient schools will be endowed with scholarship funding ranging from $50,000 to $125,000.

June 8, 2011

CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS Caremark, and VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, are showcasing their commitment to supporting inclusive arts education with the announcement of the 2011 All Kids Can Create student artists.

June 8, 2011

Pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions is implementing a program in New Mexico designed to close such medication-related gaps in health care as nonadherence among state employees with chronic conditions, the company said Wednesday.

June 8, 2011

Moody's Investors Service compared the three largest pharmacy benefit managers — CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions — in a report issued Tuesday. While it maintained a positive view of all three, it gave CVS Caremark the highest credit rating.

June 8, 2011

Walgreens and Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group of Chicago on Wednesday announced a new coordinated healthcare program in which Walgreens will share the results of appropriately timed pharmacist clinical interventions with primary care physicians of selected patients.

June 6, 2011

AmeriCares and the Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Monday awarded the annual Power of Partnership Award to AstraZeneca for the company’s commitment to increasing access to health care for people in need, both here at home and throughout the developing world, during HDMA’s Business Leadership Conference on Monday.

June 3, 2011

May proved to be a good month for Walgreens, as the drug store chain posted a total sales jump of 7% to nearly $6.1 billion.

June 3, 2011

Anyone wondering what the future of health care under a more consumer-directed model will look like got a glimpse of it from two pieces of news this week.

June 3, 2011

Why is the news that CVS Caremark has secured the mail-order and specialty prescription drug benefit for Federal Employee Program so important? Well, some pundits might say there is no indication that the integrated retail-pharmacy benefit manager model had anything to do with why FEP chose Caremark over Medco. It doesn't matter. As any football coach would say, "A win's a win," and this is a big one.

June 2, 2011

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced the association has reached “a milestone of meetings,” having met with all 112 freshmen offices in the House and Senate within the first 60 legislative days of the 112th Congress.

June 1, 2011

LifeScan announced a major settlement regarding counterfeit packaged LifeScan blood-glucose monitoring test strips sold by Aristides Spanellis.

May 31, 2011

In a major win for its pharmacy benefit management business, CVS Caremark will handle the $3 billion mail-order and specialty prescription drug benefit for the Federal Employee Program starting January 2012, which, for the last three years, had been handled by rival Medco Health Solutions.

May 31, 2011

Generic drug maker Mylan plans to give one of its subsidiaries a new name, the company said.

May 25, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration sent 11 warning letters last week to online retailers selling tobacco products that claimed to reduce the harm and risk of tobacco-related disease.

May 24, 2011

Fresh & Easy has announced the opening dates for its first two stores in San Francisco.

May 24, 2011

Target announced its donation of funds and product to support tornado relief efforts.