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.

August 14, 2017

National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson said that NACDS' comments shared with the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis were discussed in the meeting.

August 4, 2017

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson weighs in on the continued work necessary to combat the opioid crisis following the preliminary report of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

August 1, 2017

At the top of the commission’s list of recommendations is their push to get President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency under the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act. 

July 21, 2017

The clarification represents a victory for patients, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, who reached out to the DEA for clarification on the issue in a May letter to the DEA. 

July 20, 2017

With the expansion of availability into Michigan and South Carolina, Rite Aid now offers naloxone dispensing without a prescription in 25 states

July 17, 2017

CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo made the announcement alongside Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo at the 2017 National Governor’s Association Summer Meeting, where Merlo has been touting the company’s approach to providing accessible and effective care.

July 10, 2017

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson stressed pharmacy’s role as “a working partner” with whom the government could collaborate to find solutions.

June 27, 2017

Besides its efforts to provide naloxone in states where regulations allow, Walgreens also has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 pharmacies across the United States.

June 19, 2017

National Community Pharmacists Association CEO Doug Hoey writes about the role pharmacists are playing in helping combat the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. 

June 7, 2017

CVS Pharmacy said the safes deter robberies by delaying the time it takes for employees to be able to open it, requiring a code that triggers a wait time before unlocking the safe

May 30, 2017

CVS Health highlighted its efforts to help curb the opioid abuse epidemic, from offering prescription free naloxone to providing unused drug disposal kiosks and having its pharmacists teach students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse. 

May 18, 2017

Lymphedema is a chronic disease in which excess fluid accumulates in areas of the body when lymphatic vessels do not work efficiently or have been damaged. 

April 26, 2017

Walgreens’ safe medication disposal kiosks are at 600 pharmacies in 45 states, and can be accessed during regular pharmacy hours to dispose of prescription and OTC medication that has expired, gone unused or isn’t wanted.

March 17, 2017

A little more than a year after its approval, Adapt Pharma made the case for the effectiveness of its Narcan (naoloxone) Nasal Spray 4 mg at the annual American Academy of Pain Medicine in Orlando.

February 1, 2017

Product intended to work well for diabetics by soothing and protecting after puncture, and last for approximately three months.

January 25, 2017
The FDA’s approval of the new formulation comes a little more than a year after it approved the nasal spray in a 4-mg formulation. 


January 10, 2017

Egalet said Arymo ER is the first drug approved using its proprietary Guardian Technology, which works to deter abuse and prevent the tablets from being manipulated for abuse or misuse. 

December 7, 2016

NCPA addressed several areas where independent community pharmacies and the patients they serve could be adversely affected by the pharmacy “lock-in” provision in the opioid abuse legislation.

September 29, 2016

Prime said there were 20.5 million opioid claims in the time period between Jan. 1, 2014 and March 31, 2016. 

September 6, 2016

There's a new reusable applicator that freezes injection sites to reduce pain and discomfort, and it's targeted specifically at people with diabetes.