February 15, 2011

It shouldn’t surprise people too much, but pills to treat male impotence tend to see big increases in prescriptions around Valentine’s Day, according to published reports.

February 15, 2011

Watson's global generics business drove the drug maker's net revenue in the fourth quarter, according to a financial earnings release.

February 14, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline has changed prescribing information on the labeling for one of its Type 2 diabetes drugs to reflect new restrictions on the drug’s use, the drug maker said.

February 14, 2011

Individuals who have higher blood-glucose levels and poorer control of those levels over time appear more likely to develop eye-related complications 10 years later, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Ophthalmology published Monday.

February 14, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review an application for a pain medication designed to thwart drug abusers.

February 14, 2011

Gilead Sciences has refiled an approval application with the Food and Drug Administration for an HIV drug, the drug maker said.

February 14, 2011

The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus last week recommended that SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics, manufacturer of the Clearblue Easy Digital home pregnancy test, modify its advertising to clarify to consumers that the test only delivers completely “certain” results on or after the day of a consumer’s expected menstrual period.

February 14, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday launched a new Web portal that very well could make niche marketing of pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medicines easier to execute.

February 14, 2011

An increase in consolidation among generic drug companies could be in the works, according to a new report from Thomson Reuters.

February 14, 2011

An investigational drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb works better than aspirin in reducing the risk of complications in certain patients with heart rhythm problems, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

February 14, 2011

New research published in the Feb. 14 online edition of Pediatrics found that prolonged use of energy drinks by young people can lead to potentially adverse health outcomes.

February 14, 2011

With shingles vaccines widely reported to be in short supply from some healthcare providers, Walgreens on Monday announced the expansion of its availability of Zostavax — a one-time vaccine that can reduce the risk of shingles in individuals ages 60 years and older — and now is offering shingles vaccinations daily at more than 2,000 Walgreens stores and Take Care Clinics.

February 11, 2011

The Academy of Independent Pharmacists-Texas is the newest member of a group that represents the nation's independent pharmacies.

February 11, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measured a steady rise in influenza — both in number of cases and severity — for the week ended Feb. 5.

February 11, 2011

It never made much sense to make health care less affordable under the Affordable Care Act — neither did the requirement of a prescription for a nonprescription remedy jive with proponents of flexible spending accounts. So it’s little wonder that the FSA rule changes were the first piece of ObamaCare to face a congressional axe, as was widely speculated just last week.

February 11, 2011

Bills introduced in the legislatures of nearly a dozen states have pharmacy benefit managers and the generic drug industry fearing that the bills could lead to limits on doctors’ abilities to prescribe generics through e-prescribing.

February 11, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Hi-Tech Pharmacal’s generic version of a drug for eye infections.

February 11, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday the approval of Waltham, Mass.-based Thermo Fisher’s QMS Everolimus Immunoassay, a test that monitors the blood for levels of Novartis’ drug Zortress (everolimus).

February 11, 2011

Harris Teeter on Friday announced an incentive to its VIC loyalty card customers to receive their seasonal flu shots this season.

February 11, 2011

Genentech, a subsidiary of Roche, reported that its eye drug helped improve vision in patients suffering from a complication caused by diabetes.

February 11, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a painkiller delivered through a skin patch made by Mallinckrodt, the generic drug maker said Friday.

February 11, 2011

Teva earlier this week announced it had submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration to allow for the sale of the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step to women under the age of 17 years without a prescription, according to published reports.

February 11, 2011

It stands to reason that as the first line of health care in the community, retail pharmacy can place itself at the forefront of efforts to promote prevention of disease.

February 11, 2011

Responding to reports of a shingles vaccine shortage, Rite Aid is assuring customers that nearly 1,900 of its pharmacies have an ample supply.