December 12, 2012

The head of a regional supermarket chain based in the Pacific Northwest is stepping down, according to published reports.

December 12, 2012

A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson is seeking regulatory approval for a new Type 2 diabetes drug.

December 12, 2012

A national group representing state boards of pharmacy has announced its support for efforts to strengthen regulations on compounding pharmacies.

December 12, 2012

The mail-order pharmacy business of pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics has received accreditation from the Washington-based healthcare accrediting organization URAC, Prime said Wednesday.

December 12, 2012

Thousands of patients in Los Angeles with serious, chronic diseases could soon find themselves unable to get their drugs from community pharmacies, advocates for the pharmacies said.

December 12, 2012

More than 10% of Americans consider Web-enabled, mobile health apps a part of their health care and key to living long lives, according to a new survey by a division of electronics manufacturer Philips.

December 12, 2012

Drug maker ViroPharma has launched an education campaign focused on a rare, debilitating and life-threatening genetic disorder.

December 11, 2012

Biotech and vaccines company Nuron Biotech has bought rights from Pfizer for a vaccine to prevent infection by a bacteria that is a major cause of infectious disease around the world.

December 11, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration is allowing a drug made by Eisai for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease to retain its market exclusivity for six months past the original expiration date, the company said.

December 11, 2012

The consumer healthcare division of drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has launched a new website designed to encourage people to quit smoking and promote such products as nicotine gums, lozenges and patches.

December 11, 2012

Kerr Drug is launching a holiday toy and food drive for families in need, the regional chain said.

December 11, 2012

The Supreme Court will review settlements between branded and generic drug companies that critics say delay patients' access to cheaper drug treatments, according to published reports.

December 10, 2012

The American Heart Association has joined a group of patient and provider organizations promoting safe use of a commonly used class of painkillers.

December 10, 2012

Amgen is buying an Iceland-based biotech company for $415 million, the two said Monday.

December 10, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new use for a cancer drug made by Johnson & Johnson, the agency said Monday.

December 10, 2012

Several stores in the Giant Food Stores chain will collect used respiratory inhalers under a program sponsored by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline, the supermarket chain said.

December 10, 2012

Kellogg has introduced a series of new breakfast food products, the company said Monday.

December 10, 2012

A Congressional committee is looking into allegations that a compounding pharmacy industry association may have taught pharmacists how to sidestep requests for samples from the Food and Drug Administration, according to published reports.

December 10, 2012

A company that makes healthy snacks for children has unveiled what it called the first vending machine for babies, recently unveiled at a British children's festival.

December 7, 2012

AffordRx.com is making a prescription discount card that offers savings of up to 75% at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country available to all residents of the United States, the company said.

December 7, 2012

More than five-dozen Albertsons stores in the West will start selling gluten-free frozen pizzas this month.

December 7, 2012

Atkins Nutritionals has launched a line of low-carbohydrate frozen meals that will be available nationwide starting in January 2013, the company said.

December 7, 2012

Authorities in Massachusetts are looking to tighten regulations on compounding pharmacies as the state health department announced some changes to the makeup of the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy and sent cease-and-desist notices to three compounding pharmacies for alleged violations.

Retail pharmacies looking to get into sterile compounding and exercise greater control over that supply chain — as Walgreens did last month when it bought an independent specialty compounding pharmacy in Indiana — should take note because it seems there will be increased scrutiny on the practice following a nationwide outbreak of meningitis linked to alleged unsanitary conditions at the Framingham, Mass.-based New England Compounding Center.

December 7, 2012

Inc. magazine has named Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy as one of the country's top 100 job creators, the privately owned company said.