August 1, 2011

Self-care saves cents. It's really that simple. As a nation, if we're going to get serious about reversing escalating healthcare costs, it starts by gaining a better appreciation for the value nonprescription remedies can bring to the overall healthcare table. It starts by removing counterintuitive regulations that serve as a disincentive against employing self-care options as the first line of treatment. It starts with passing bills like the Medical Flexible Spending Account Improvement Act (S. 1404) and the Restoring Access to Medication Act (S. 1368/H.R. 2529). And it needs to start now.

August 1, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb for injection under the skin to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Bristol said Friday.

August 1, 2011

This year’s fourth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress kicked off on Monday, bringing together hundreds of retail healthcare professionals to network, receive exclusive accreditation and honor those providers and key executive leaders whose work throughout the year has distinguished them among their peers in retail health care.

August 1, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a short-term adjunct treatment for obesity.

August 1, 2011

Eli Lilly’s India division and Indian generic drug maker Lupin will distribute Lilly’s insulin products in India and Nepal under an agreement between the two companies announced Friday.

August 1, 2011

In a report issued last week, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy found that 96% of rogue websites analyzed continue to operate out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws, fuel prescription drug abuse and misuse, and provide an outlet for counterfeit medicines to enter the U.S. drug supply.

August 1, 2011

The ink has barely dried on the acquisition agreement between pharmacy benefit management giants Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions, but several groups already are seeing smudges — most recently, a trade organization representing independent specialty pharmacy providers.

July 29, 2011

CVS Caremark is gearing up for flu season and will leverage both its CVS/pharmacy locations and MinuteClinic sites to provide flu shots for patients every day, including evenings and weekends, and will offer direct medical billing to many national and regional health plans that will cover all or part of the cost of a flu shot.

July 29, 2011

EyeScience on Thursday introduced a new eye vitamin for those who spend their work day staring at a computer screen in an effort to help prevent and alleviate vision problems associated with computer vision syndrome.

July 29, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has asked Eisai to redo its regulatory application for a drug to treat epilepsy, Eisai said Friday.

July 29, 2011

A generic version of a popular pneumonia treatment has entered the market from Hi-Tech Pharmacal.

July 29, 2011

Researchers have found a human antibody that may be able to protect against all influenza A viruses, according to published reports.

July 29, 2011

A little less than a month following the company's IdeaShare 2011 conference held in San Francisco, McKesson reported a strong first-quarter headwind that will help support many of the initiatives announced at the show, particularly for its Health Mart independent pharmacy group.

July 29, 2011

Prestige Brands on Thursday announced the launch of its new PediaCare and Little Remedies single-concentration acetaminophen products.

July 29, 2011

Pharmacy benefit management tools helped slow prescription drug spending growth from 5.3% in 2009 to 3.5% in 2010, according to a new study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

July 29, 2011

PharmaCline on Thursday announced it has secured the worldwide rights for drug delivery technology and existing antibiotic products from Phillips Co. that will enable production of a well-tolerated and broad-spectrum topical antibiotic.

July 29, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for diabetes made by Indian generic drug maker Strides Arcolab.

July 28, 2011

Drug makers Eli Lilly, Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Alkermes are giving their long-acting form of an injected drug for Type 2 diabetes another try at the Food and Drug Administration.

July 28, 2011

The Hepatitis Education Awareness and Liver Support of the South is advocating for awareness about hepatitis and the importance of Medicare Part D as part of World Hepatitis Day, the organization said Thursday.

July 28, 2011

Skin care company Kiehl's Since 1851 is maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting HIV/AIDS charities through a continued partnership with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. The initiative also involves the launch of a limited-edition ultra facial cream.

July 28, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Thursday that it submitted comments to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which held a hearing Thursday titled "FDA User Fees: Advancing Public Health," outlining community pharmacy's commitment to addressing drug safety and the appropriate use of prescription medications to help improve patient health.

July 28, 2011

Pfizer has entered a definitive agreement to acquire a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the development of pain treatments.

July 28, 2011

Almost half of all smokers try and fail to quit their addiction to nicotine products each year, according to a study released Wednesday.

July 28, 2011

McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Thursday announced plans for new dosing instructions, lowering the maximum daily dose for single-ingredient Extra Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) products sold in the United States from eight pills per day (4,000 mg) to six pills per day (3,000 mg).