November 8, 2011

The University of Arizona Cancer Center, in partnership with Walgreens, last month opened a specialty outpatient pharmacy on-site to meet the needs of its patients.

November 7, 2011

A large number of patients with a serious form of arthritis experienced improvement in their condition after taking a drug made by Abbott Labs for three months, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial announced Monday.

November 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for preventing stroke in patients with abnormal heart rhythm, the agency said.

November 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb for treating head and neck cancer, the agency said Monday.

November 7, 2011

CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has prepared all of its Texas-based clinics for an increased demand for the meningococcal vaccine for bacterial meningitis following a bill signed into law last May, whereby Texas will become the first state in the country to require that all college students receive one dose or booster of the meningococcal vaccine for bacterial meningitis.

November 7, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Monday announced the establishment of two awards that will be presented annually, beginning in 2012.

November 7, 2011

The majority of Hispanics in the United States believe that more information about good oral health habits, access to affordable oral health care, and more Hispanic and Spanish-speaking dentists and dental hygienists in their communities would help them "a lot" in achieving better oral health. That’s according to the findings of a national survey led by the Hispanic Dental Association and sponsored by Procter & Gamble brands Crest and Oral-B.

November 7, 2011

The first study to report the effects vitamin D has on the immune system of people with lupus was unveiled Saturday at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago.

November 7, 2011

A new report from the Food and Drug Administration indicated that Roche division Genentech may not have followed proper procedures to prevent the contamination of certain drugs, according to published reports.

November 7, 2011

Sweet'N Low and Olympic athlete Dominique Dawes have joined forces to address the growing diabetes epidemic in honor of National Diabetes Month.

November 7, 2011

The Magic Johnson Foundation on Monday initiated Point Forward Day, marking 20 years to the date that Johnson announced his HIV status and subsequent retirement from the National Basketball Association.

November 4, 2011

If the ultimate goal of the Affordable Care Act is to save money and expand patient care, then making patients visit their physicians and get prescriptions just to get reimbursed for over-the-counter medications — which wastes money, as well as the time of physicians, a precious commodity when the country is set to have a shortage of them — makes no sense.

November 4, 2011

A bill proposed in Congress would give states incentives for using generic drugs through the Medicaid program.

November 4, 2011

In the classic “Arabian Nights” tale of Aladdin and his magic lamp, the evil sorcerer who made Aladdin retrieve the lamp containing the genie attempts to get it back by tricking Aladdin’s wife into giving it to him by roaming through the streets offering to trade “new lamps for old.”


November 4, 2011

Skin care is hot, but Dairyface is cool — so cool that it lives in the fridge. Dairyface is a new line of yogurt-based products that incorporate the nutritional benefits of milk to nourish skin cells.

November 4, 2011

Marsh Supermarkets is offering a new program for patients with diabetes, according to the Indianapolis-based chain's website.

November 4, 2011

Sales of acne-fighting products have been on the rise, which comes as little surprise as manufacturers continue to develop innovative formulas and consumers strive for flawless, blemish-free skin.


November 4, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for the return to market of a drug for treating immunodeficiency diseases following its recall by the manufacturer in response to patients developing internal blood clots.

November 4, 2011

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association last week teamed up with the American Medical Association in a joint op-ed published in Roll Call that called for the repeal of the over-the-counter prescription requirement for flexible spending accounts.

November 4, 2011

In September, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association announced the appointment of Ralph Neas — former president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care — as its new president and CEO, replacing Kathleen Jaeger, who stepped down as president and CEO of the organization in May 2010.

November 4, 2011

Walgreens may be on the verge of revolutionizing the role of the pharmacist — the pharmacy operator is placing iPads in the hands of "health guides" across 20 pilot stores in Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.

November 4, 2011

The diabetes patient has long been identified as a coveted higher-trip, higher-
market-basket opportunity 
for pharmacy operators. And now Rite Aid has created a loyalty card 
program specifically for that diabetes patient.


November 4, 2011

I know this older guy at my gym — I call him “The Professor,” mostly because he used to teach journalism, but also because it’s more fun to say and easier to remember than his actual name.

November 4, 2011

If you want to change any kind of misguided perception that pharmacists are mere pill-counters and quality assurance specialists who stand behind a counter with a team of pharmacy technicians, then you've got to do something dramatic.