April 12, 2012

Hisamitsu America on Wednesday announced the company shipped a season's supply of their topical pain treatment Salonpas products to Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks point guard who recently underwent surgery to repair a chronic meniscus tear in his knee and is expected to be off the court for about six weeks.

April 12, 2012

Generic drug maker Impax Labs is challenging the patent protection on a drug used to treat postherpetic neuralgia, the company said Thursday.

April 12, 2012

Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, now is providing wellness services for Medicare enrollees at all Take Care Clinic locations throughout the country, the retail health clinic operator announced on Thursday.

April 11, 2012

A Supervalu banner announced that it will offer patients access to a program created by UnitedHealth Group's Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

April 11, 2012

MinuteClinic has announced that this spring it is offering a free monitoring visit for patients with diabetes to help keep their health in check between visits to a primary care provider.

April 11, 2012

Prasco Labs will market an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat diarrhea caused by a bacterial infection, the company said Wednesday.

April 11, 2012

A federal judge in Pittsburgh will rule "later" on whether to block or allow a merger between pharmacy benefit managers Medco Health Solutions and Express Scripts, and is considering a request by two trade groups seeking to keep Medco's operations and assets separate from ESI while the lawsuit is pending, according to published reports.

April 11, 2012

Move over, Lipitor: There's a new top drug on the market, according to published reports.

April 11, 2012

Takeda Pharmaceutical will acquire privately owned drug maker URL Pharma for $800 million, the companies said Wednesday.

April 10, 2012

Biotech manufacturer Amgen will acquire the private South San Francisco, Calif.-based drug developer Kai Pharmaceuticals for $315 million, the companies said Tuesday.

April 10, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a drug for diarrhea made by Watson, the company said Tuesday.

April 10, 2012

Pharmacies hoping to block the merger between pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions got their day in court Tuesday, according to published reports.

April 10, 2012

Rite Aid is offering personalized reports designed to increase medication adherence, the company said Tuesday.

April 10, 2012

A reported "epidemic" of whooping cough in Washington has prompted at least one retail pharmacy chain to increase supplies of booster vaccines for the disease.

April 10, 2012

Patients prefer to fill their 90-day prescription medications at community pharmacies over mail-order pharmacies when co-pay costs are similar, according to a study conducted by Walgreens.

April 9, 2012

Obesity now accounts for almost 21% of U.S. healthcare costs — more than twice the previous estimates — according to a new Cornell University study released Monday.

April 9, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a change to the label of a Novo Nordisk drug stating that it offers superior blood-sugar control to a competing drug made by Merck, based on results of two clinical studies, Novo Nordisk said Monday.

April 9, 2012

Idaho on Monday became state No. 21 to adopt the real-time, stop-sale technology National Precursor Log Exchange in its battle against the diversion of the cough-cold ingredient pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine.

April 9, 2012

The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus on Monday referred advertising for Serranol dietary supplement, marketed by Good Health Naturally, to the Federal Trade Commission for further review, after the company declined to fully participate in a National Advertising Division review of its advertising claims.

April 6, 2012

Sales of smoking-cessation products may realize a March boom following a recent government advertising campaign that encourages Americans to quit smoking.

April 6, 2012

A panel of Food and Drug Administration experts has recommended approval for a drug made by Astellas Pharma for overactive bladder.

April 6, 2012

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Zyrtec, on Wednesday announced that actress Kate Walsh and beauty expert Rebekah George will address "allergy face" — the beauty challenges that can come along with typical allergy symptoms — during a live webcast April 10 at 8 p.m. EST on Ustream, a live interactive broadcast platform.

April 6, 2012

The release by Walgreens of case studies that detail how retail pharmacy can expand access to immunizations is obviously important on several fronts, but it really makes one stop and wonder: What could be done if laws didn't vary by state in terms of what types of vaccinations pharmacists can deliver?

April 6, 2012

Par Pharmaceutical has started shipping its generic version of a drug for sleep disorders, the company said Friday.