February 17, 2012

A wet spring last year made for ideal allergen-
creating conditions heading into summer 2011 — the growth of ragweed and an increase in mold.

February 16, 2012

Results of a new survey released Thursday by the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest found that the majority of adult consumers and parents in the United States rely on over-the-counter cough medicines.

February 16, 2012

The global market for celiac disease is expected to grow substantially over the decade as more people are diagnosed with the condition, according to a new report.

February 16, 2012

Though an estimated 26.7 million Americans ages 50 years and older have hearing loss, only about 1-in-7 of them uses a hearing aid, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers that was released Monday.

February 16, 2012

Poor medication adherence is a national problem, but it can be particularly problematic among populations with low health literacy or limited English proficiency.

February 16, 2012

A new study has found several gene variants associated with Type 2 diabetes across different ethnic groups.

February 16, 2012

Oral blood samples drawn from periodontal inflammation can be used to measure HbA1C levels, a factor that indicates a patient's diabetes status, according to a New York University study.

February 15, 2012

Botanical Labs on Tuesday introduced its gluten-free line of liquid dietary supplements across its Wellesse line of liquid supplements — calcium/magnesium, vitamin D3, iron and B-complex — at the Celiac Disease Foundation's South Florida Chapter Gluten-Free Expo in West Palm Beach, Fla.

February 15, 2012

Fake versions of a cancer drug made by Roche's U.S. unit have entered the United States, the Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

February 15, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration will review a regulatory approval application from Pfizer for a drug to treat an extremely rare and fatal degenerative disease, Pfizer said Wednesday.

February 15, 2012

Managed care and prescription plans are working to switch patients to generic versions of Pfizer's Lipitor despite the drug maker's efforts to reduce costs for the branded version, a new study suggested.

February 15, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association are urging Congress to reject budget proposals that would limit pharmacy choice for Tricare beneficiaries.

February 15, 2012

A pharmacy benefit management organization has received accreditation for its specialty pharmacy program.

February 15, 2012
Regulators, healthcare providers and the public at large have taken note of the rise in prescription drug substance abuse. A recent article titled "Oxycodone Prescriptions Rose Sharply" in the New York Times (1/11/2012) describes trends of double-digit percentage increases in the dispensing of certain narcotic based painkillers. And many states have, or will be, implementing prescription drug monitoring programs — also known as prescription monitoring programs — that track the physicians prescribing and the patients receiving controlled substances.
February 14, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration is giving priority review to a drug made by Gilead Sciences that the company is investigating for the prevention of HIV.

February 14, 2012

Generic drug maker Mylan plans to challenge a court decision that requires it to pay almost $20 million to a drug company whose product it tried to market as a generic.

February 14, 2012

A provider of mobile health solutions has introduced a free application that synchronizes with a wireless blood-glucose meter.

February 14, 2012

People that are genetically predisposed to developing a condition that causes high blood cholesterol levels may be at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

February 14, 2012

The National Consumers League, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy have recognized five pharmacy schools for their public education efforts to help patients adhere to their medication routines.

February 13, 2012

Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Alkermes announced that their Type 2 diabetes treatment now is available by prescription in U.S. pharmacies.

February 13, 2012

The flu season is in full swing as California reported widespread influenza activity, according to data reported by state and territorial epidemiologists and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

February 13, 2012
Multibillion-dollar pharmacy benefit management companies are advertising aggressively to try to convince Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to approve a merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solution.
February 13, 2012

Chances are, you didn’t enroll in pharmacy school to count out pills behind a counter. As part of the next generation of clinically driven PharmDs, you’re probably looking for a lot more.

February 10, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and California pharmacy groups have banded together to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to prevent the implementation of a state plan amendment — proposed by the California Department of Health Care Services — which they say would place significant limitations on access to pharmacy care and services for the state’s Medi-Cal patients.