April 24, 2014

As part of the launch of DSN’s new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, DSN had the opportunity to speak with Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, regarding a new initiative that the association is spearheading to address the current patient access problem when it comes to pain management pharmaceuticals.

January 23, 2014

In a recent report, 59News explored how DEA regulations on pain medications can limit a pharmacy's supply, preventing patients from obtaining their medications.

January 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

January 2, 2014

One reason pain patient advocates are so passionate about what they do is because they are pain patients themselves — they know the stigma associated with chronic pain; they know how difficult it can be to access appropriate pain therapy sometimes. That’s the story of Gina Libby, volunteer pain patient advocate who has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years.

April 20, 2016

The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 seeks to increase collaboration between health and enforcement bodies on drug abuse solutions.

April 18, 2016

Consumers looking for the most technologically advanced home pregnancy test available now have a new option from a leading brand.

April 15, 2016

Retailers and technology vendors convened at the fifth annual Health, Wellness and Technology Roundtable to discuss what they see in the current technology today, what they expect in 2016 and some of the unmet technology needs.

April 14, 2016
The app is available through the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and the Google Play store for Android devices. 
April 11, 2016

When implementation of Walgreens' naloxone program is complete, naloxone will be available without a prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.

April 1, 2016
The report attributes the growth to a concurrent increase in chronic pain in the United States, stemming from an aging population and more incidences of such chronic diseases as diabetes, obesity, cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. 
March 27, 2016

As part of its annual Industry Issues Conference in December, Drug Store News hosted the Chronic Care and Retail Health Roundtable, expanding the program for the first time in its 15 year-existence beyond the diabetes management. 

March 25, 2016

Health Canada announced earlier this week that it had revised the Federal Prescription Drug use and reclassified naloxone as a Schedule II drug, making it available without a prescription.

March 14, 2016

Increasingly, states are looking to address the prescription painkiller problem with as many as 375 proposals coursing through state legislatures that would regulated pain clinics and prescribing painkillers, The New York Times reported Friday. "The states are going to lead on this one because Big Pharma has too much power," Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Democrat, told The New York Times. The New York Times added: "The pace of [legislative] activity in states has grown so intense that experts are having difficulty keeping track." (The New York Times)

March 11, 2016

In December, DSN hosted its 17th annual Industry Issues Summit. A record crowd of some 300 supplier and retailer executives were on hand to see seven top merchants from leading chains and special guest moderator Dan Mack, managing director, Elevation Forum, discuss how retailers and suppliers could build better, higher-trusting partnerships, based on authenticity and creating deeper value. What follows is the complete transcript from the December 3rd event.

February 9, 2016

Walgreens will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drug stores in 39 states and make naloxon available without a prescription at its pharmacies in 35 states. 

November 19, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Narcan, a nasal spray dose of naloxone, which is typically administered via injection. 

October 28, 2015

HealthDay is reporting that researchers fromt the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center have found that a person’s use of narcotic painkillers as a teen raises their risk of abuse as an adult by 33%. “Most likely, the initial experience of pain relief is pleasurable and a safe initial experience may reduce perceived danger,” the study’s author Richard Miech said. “A pleasurable and safe initial experience with a drug is a central factor in theories of who goes on to misuse drugs.” (HealthDay)

October 20, 2015

Using 2013 data from state prescription drug monitoring programs from eight states, the CDC found that prescribing practices between states vary drastically.

October 16, 2015

With an estimated 60 million people in the United States experiencing heartburn at least once a month, and more than 15 million suffering from it daily, products to treat the condition have become more sophisticated, and the battle for supremacy in the $2.18 billion-a-year antacid tablets market has grown more heated.

October 9, 2015

The New York Times outlines the controversy surrounding the recent FDA approval of Oxycontin in children. “Just because OxyContin has been abused or prescribed inappropriately doesn’t mean we should deprive the children who need the drug,” Kathleen Neville, pediatric oncologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital told The New York Times, adding it is “our obligation to have the best level of evidence for its use in children.” (The New York Times)

 

 
 
October 8, 2015

More than 80% of Americans support medical school and physician residency programs to provide training for physicians in how to treat chronic pain and how to detect and treat addiction to prescription pain medication. 

October 8, 2015

According to CBS Miami, the Florida Board of Pharmacy has adopted a rule change that looks to help pharmacists ensure that patients who need prescribed controlled substances can get them. “Instead of starting out with trying to find a reason to doubt a prescription, you start off with an assumption that everything in the prescription is good, and you work towards achieving patient access,” Florida Pharmacy Association EVP Michael Jackson said. (CBS Miami)

October 2, 2015

The pharmaceutical company is donating thousands of its Evzio auto-injectors ahead of a planned Oct. 4 Washington, D.C. rally for recognizing and treating opioid addiction.

September 23, 2015

CVS/pharmacy has also renewed its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program.