July 25, 2011

Health care is like precision engineering; tweaking one element ever so slightly can mean the difference between a healthy life and an early death or, in the case of drug spending, between nearly $50,000 and just north of $1,000.


July 18, 2011

Walgreens is recognizing medication adherence rates as high as 96% through its hepatitis C therapy management programs across its specialty pharmacy, the pharmacy operator announced Monday.

July 7, 2011

Preventive health care may be signficiantly less costly than previously thought because of the expanded use of cost-effective generic medications for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, according to researchers from Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark.

June 20, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new formulation of an injectable drug made by Abbott for prostate cancer.

June 20, 2011

The latest drug trend report from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts estimated that if patients using maintenance medications used cheaper therapies when possible, adhered to their medication therapies and used home delivery, it could eliminate $403 billion in pharmacy waste every year.


June 14, 2011

Drug maker Eli Lilly has created a multichannel platform to inform and educate patients about healthy eating, physical activity and stress management.

May 26, 2011

Medication nonadherence is sort of similar to substance abuse: It’s a societal issue that stems from multiple causes and as such, probably will never completely disappear; however, it still can be mitigated. And because it stems from multiple causes, effectively combating it also requires multiple strategies.

May 19, 2011

Two Food and Drug Administration advisory committees on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of mandating weight-based dosing for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years who are being administered acetaminophen.

May 13, 2011

Patients taking cardiovascular drugs may become less adherent if they have to see multiple physicians and make frequent trips to the pharmacy, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

April 20, 2011

The Obama administration is looking to curb the growing national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, according to a plan unveiled Tuesday.

March 30, 2011

Many patients with heart failure skip pills due to medication costs, according to research by the Mayo Clinic.

March 25, 2011

"Dispense-as-written" prescriptions are exacerbating medication nonadherence and costing the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and CVS Caremark.

March 1, 2011

Physicians are 30% more likely to prescribe a drug that gives patients incentives to remain adherent to it than they are to prescribe a drug without such a program, according to a new survey.

January 11, 2011

While a majority of physicians are comfortable with generic medications, there is a small segment who still have negative perceptions about the effectiveness and quality of generic drugs, and that may lead to doctors prescribing unnecessarily expensive medications, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark.

December 3, 2010

At Drug Store News’ Specialty Pharmacy Roundtable event last Tuesday, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy president and CEO Phil Hagerman remarked that improving medication adherence in specialty pharmacy could be equivalent to a new blockbuster drug. And he may be right.

November 21, 2010

An intensive cancer patient management program by Walgreens’ specialty pharmacy professionals could save health plan...

November 10, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for treating excess fat development in...

November 7, 2010

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis derive about as much benefit from a weekly injection of a...

October 14, 2010

During the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy 2010 Educational Conference held Oct. 13 to 15,...

October 12, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug to treat and prevent relapse after patients...

September 12, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration did not completely withdraw from the market a drug used...

August 31, 2010

Improving medication adherence will require bringing multiple methods together in order to be successful, Pharmacy...

August 11, 2010

Prescription drug abusers who go “doctor shopping” in search of prescriptions will face a new...

August 9, 2010

Drug maker Angelini Labopharm has launched a new treatment for depression....