January 10, 2012

Over the past year, store-brand sales of over-the-counter products have helped maintain a slight growth through the sector, and with the number of proposed prescription-to-OTC switches on the horizon, the future looks especially bright, Joe Papa, Perrigo chairman, president and CEO, told attendees of the 30th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference held Monday.

January 10, 2012

Shire has acquired U.S. rights to a drug used to treat chronic constipation in women from Johnson & Johnson, the company said Tuesday.

January 10, 2012

Winn-Dixie on Tuesday joined the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, an initiative aimed at tipping the scales against the epidemic of diabetes, prediabetes and obesity by expanding access to community-based programs that use evidence-based approaches to help prevent and control diabetes.

January 9, 2012

A CVS Caremark study found that the company's integrated pharmacy-based program — Pharmacy Advisor — increased medication adherence rates and physician initiation of prescriptions for concomitant medications, improving care for diabetes patients and resulting in savings for health plans, the company announced on Monday.

January 9, 2012

Endo Pharmaceuticals announced a short-term supply constraint of analgesic products, including Opana ER, due to the temporary shutdown of a manufacturing facility operated by Novartis Consumer Health.

January 9, 2012

Drug maker Perrigo is buying a privately owned distributor of diabetes products, the company said Monday.

January 9, 2012

Many patients that are at risk of Type 2 diabetes don't believe they require lifestyle counseling to help them curb their chance of developing the disease, according to new research published in the journal Diabetes Care.

January 6, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has granted fast-track designation to a drug currently under development by Achillion Pharmaceuticals for hepatitis C, the company said.

January 6, 2012

Sandoz has launched a shampoo used to treat severe scalp psoriasis, the generic drug maker said.

January 6, 2012

Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, according to UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrists working with the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study in a release issued Thursday.

January 6, 2012

It's been a big week for Walgreens. Following its exit from Express Scripts' pharmacy network, the pharmacy retailer introduced a new program to help patients either keep their pharmacy home at Walgreens or to help transition them to a new pharmacy. Why help transition customers to the competition? Because it's the right thing to do. As Greg Wasson told DSN editor Rob Eder in an exclusive interview, "our No. 1 priority is to take care of patients."

January 5, 2012

Biogen Idec and Isis Pharmaceuticals will work together on a drug invented by Isis for spinal muscular atrophy, the two companies said.

January 5, 2012

Medtronic has launched a blood-glucose monitor that allows remote monitoring of blood-glucose levels, the company said.

January 4, 2012

The American Pharmacists Association has released a new information resource for pharmacists and pharmacy students about pharmacy management, the group said.

January 4, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder made by Actavis, the drug maker said Wednesday.

January 4, 2012

A new study published in the recent issue of Sleep has found that young Type 1 diabetics may have difficulty controlling their blood-sugar levels due to lack of sleep.

January 4, 2012

Maybelline New York is defying the rules with its new Illegal Length Fiber Extensions mascara, which features fiber-extension technology for longer-looking lashes.

January 4, 2012

Panasonic Healthcare Group on Tuesday announced the introduction of the R1-W digital hearing instrument, a line of hearing products that appeals to a broader user base of people with mild to severe hearing loss.

January 4, 2012

Americans make hundreds of millions of New Year's resolutions every year, following some to the letter and ignoring others. Health-related resolutions are among the most common, giving pharmacy retailers a way to pitch in and help.

January 4, 2012

A large European study released Tuesday found that daily aspirin use is linked to an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that can damage the central vision that is essential for reading and driving.

January 3, 2012

CVS/pharmacy has launched a new service on its CVS.com website to assist military service members, veterans and their families who need to transfer their prescriptions to a pharmacy that lets them continue using their Tricare prescription insurance coverage.

January 3, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application from Gilead Sciences for a drug to treat HIV, the company said.

January 3, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for epilepsy made by Mylan, the drug maker said.

January 3, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration is streamlining the enrollment process for risk evaluation and mitigation strategies for a class of painkillers, the agency said Tuesday.