September 8, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Thursday that it issued a letter calling on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to urge collaboration with community pharmacy in developing solutions to curb healthcare costs, while at the same time maintaining patient access to prescription medications and pharmacy services.

September 8, 2011

A group representing independent pharmacies is urging Congress to cut the deficit by reducing healthcare expenditures, but "without compromising patients' access to their pharmacy of choice or harming local jobs."

September 8, 2011

Bills proposed in Pennsylvania's state legislature would allow patients to have their prescriptions filled through mail-order and at community pharmacies for the same price.

September 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application for a drug made by Vivus for treating erectile dysfunction.

September 7, 2011

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has named Ralph Neas as its new president and CEO, the group said Wednesday.

September 7, 2011

Naturade on Wednesday announced the mass-market introduction of HealthSmart, a doctor-formulated daily protein ready-to-drink shake that will serve as a comprehensive source of nutrition for active adults.

September 7, 2011

Phusion Projects, the maker of Four Loko flavored malt beverages, has introduced a new product that comes in a smaller can size with lower alcohol by volume.

September 7, 2011

After ending its five-week fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association's efforts to develop treatments and assist people coping with neuromuscular diseases, Safeway announced that its stores raised $10.4 million for the organization.

September 7, 2011

Patients using an integrated healthcare system that uses its own pharmacy and electronic health records get their medications filled at a higher rate than those in nonintegrated systems, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

September 7, 2011

Winn-Dixie Stores on Wednesday upped the ante in its pursuit of administering more flu shots this year — through Sept. 20 guests who use their Customer Reward Card when getting a seasonal flu vaccination will pay a $5-discounted rate of $24.99 for the shot and will receive five free bonus grocery items — fresh fruit, orange juice, hand sanitizer, wipes and tissues — valued at $12.71.

September 6, 2011

Overweight people with lower back pain is more intense than people of normal weight with back pain, according to a recent study published in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine.

September 6, 2011

Childhood vaccination rates are on the rise, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 6, 2011

Honest Tea has unveiled its redesigned labels for its PET line of Honest Tea and Honest Ade products.

September 6, 2011

The number of antibiotic prescriptions sought for acute respiratory infections decreased by 24% between 1993 and 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly" report.

September 6, 2011

Safeway on Tuesday announced its offering of flu shots in its grocery stores — positioning its flu season inoculation as more convenient to drug stores.

September 6, 2011

The longer a person maintains a body mass index qualifying him or her as "obese," the greater risk he or she incurs in developing diabetes, a new study released Tuesday found.

September 6, 2011

Walgreens on Tuesday filed a document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission titled "The Value of Walgreens" that specifically outlined what Walgreens can bring to an employer, exclusive of any relationship with a pharmacy benefit manager, such as Express Scripts.

September 5, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice may have once and for all exposed the man behind the curtain, revealing many online Canadian pharmacies for what they really are: drug pushers taking advantage of Americans in search of cheaper health care. And in doing so, the Justice Department may be uncovering a bigger issue: the creeping 15% of counterfeits worldwide that gradually are cracking the U.S. drug distribution system.

September 1, 2011

California on Wednesday banned the sale of dextromethorphan to minors, becoming the first state to pass such legislation.

September 1, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic skeletal muscle relaxant made by Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Sagent said.

September 1, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new use for a follow-on biologic made by Sandoz.

September 1, 2011

Proton-pump inhibitors may aggravate, not soothe, stomach discomfort created through chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for such conditions as arthritis, according to research released Thursday.

September 1, 2011

Walmart and Sam's Club are offering flu shot clinics to customers through their partnership with Mollen Immunization Clinics.

August 31, 2011

Just a few months after Novo Nordisk announced it would serve as the national premier sponsor for the American Diabetes Association's annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event in 2011 and 2012, the ADA is encouraging Americans to participate in this year's annual fundraising walk.