August 24, 2011

Pharmacists are urging New York governor Andrew Cuomo to give the green light to legislation that would prevent health insurers from requiring patients to receive their drugs via mail order, according to published reports.

August 24, 2011


Dispensing narcotics and other highly abused prescription drugs, pharmacies have always been potential targets for robbery and burglary. But a series of violent crimes over the past year and a half have thrown a spotlight on the dangers faced by pharmacy workers and customers, and have galvanized public opinion for tougher laws.


August 24, 2011

A wet spring has made for ideal allergen-creating conditions — the growth of ragweed and an increase in mold. According to a Quest Diagnostics study, sensitization to common ragweed has grown 15% nationally since 2000, while mold grew 12%.


August 24, 2011

Specialty pharmacy is expanding beyond its traditional base as a central-fill and mail-order distribution model for patients. A new, community-driven model is emerging, led by a fast-growing network of integrated, 
community-based specialty providers based in Drexel Hill, Pa.

August 24, 2011

Google has settled with the federal government for $500 million over allegations that it displayed advertisements for black-market pharmacies, according to published reports.

August 24, 2011

Omega-3 sourced from dietary supplements may be more beneficial to a healthy diet than omega-3 sourced from conventional food, according to a new meta-analysis published in July by the Public Library of Science Genetics.

August 24, 2011

Specialty pharmacy provider The Apothecary Shops made a big jump in Inc. magazine's list of the country's fastest-growing private companies, the chain said Wednesday.

August 23, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration will decide whether or not to approve a new usage for a cancer drug made by Amgen by next year, the drug maker said.

August 23, 2011

Less than one month after joining the specialty pharmacy network of health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has received an accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the company said.

August 23, 2011

Publix announced that it now offers free 30-day supplies (up to 30 tablets) of lisinopril to customers with a prescription for the medication.

August 23, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a chemotherapy drug made by Sandoz, the drug maker said Tuesday.

August 23, 2011

A new study published in Pediatrics found that young people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes missed out on routine tests that are recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

August 22, 2011

A new drug made by AstraZeneca is available in pharmacies following its regulatory approval in July, the company said Monday.

August 22, 2011

CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic have announced the "You vs. Flu" campaign, which is supported by more than 20,000 immunizing healthcare professionals who will vaccinate patients every day, no appointment needed, at all CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide.

August 22, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association last week delivered a letter to the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules opposing an Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services proposal to sharply decrease Medicaid reimbursements and “slow-walk” reimbursement payments.

August 22, 2011

Prasco will market an authorized generic drug for urinary tract infections under an agreement with Shionogi, the company said Monday.

August 22, 2011

Flu shots are available at every Rite Aid store around the country, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

August 22, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Monday launched Simplify My Meds, an innovative adherence program that provides pharmacists with the tools to help coordinate patients’ prescription refills to a single day of the month, for its independent community pharmacy members.

August 22, 2011

A new Snapple flavor is making its way to participating retailers nationwide next month.

August 22, 2011

The other side of the retail clinic phenomenon is urgent care, which also is growing as the need for alternative sites of care becomes more apparent, and providers look to fill the gaps in health care. This is why it is important to note the news of Solantic’s expansion plans.

August 19, 2011

A new study published in the Annals of Oncology found that a certain breast cancer drug may pose an increased risk of heart problems in elderly patients with a history of heart disease and/or diabetes.

August 19, 2011

Express Scripts is readying for a pharmacy network without Walgreens, according to an analyst report published Thursday.

August 19, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new biotech drug for treating two types of lymphoma, the agency said Friday.

August 19, 2011

Canada-based drug store chain Loblaw has extended its Get Checked Now diabetes program, the company announced Thursday.