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.

May 20, 2015

Is there a niche OTC opportunity on which food, drug and mass retailer pharmacies are not fully capitalizing? If the answer isn’t yes, then the cat is already out of the bag — according to the American Pet Products Association the market for pet supplies and OTC medicines will grow by 4.7% by the end of the year.

May 7, 2015

Kline reports OTC growth of 1.4% to more than $24 billion. 

May 1, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores expresses support of the 21st Century Cures Initiative to accelerate the discovery, development and delivery process of lifesaving new drug treatments for patients.

April 29, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Wednesday announced that the Orlando Sentinel published a letter to the editor from NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson that outlines the way pharmacists approach complex prescription pain medication issues. 

April 24, 2015

Boston-based e-pill Medication Reminders is releasing a pill box for smart watches.

April 23, 2015

Publix announced that its pharmacies leaped past a major milestone this month, filling more than 50 million free prescriptions for its customers in the past eight years. 

April 22, 2015

Is this the year that restrictions on the use of over-the-counter medicines in conjunction with a flexible savings account are lifted? If you consider the value proposition — the $102 billion saved each year by the use of OTC medicines — and that health care is moving toward a more value-based, outcomes-driven system, it would certainly seem so.

April 22, 2015

Five macro trends impacted sales of OTC medicines in 2014, Bob Sanders, EVP at IRI, shared with attendees of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Annual Executive Conference in March. On the plus side, switch continues to drive considerable growth across OTC aisles — Rx-to-OTC accounted for 1970 of OTC sales and 2770 of growth in the past five years, and that trend is likely to continue, Sanders said

April 22, 2015

If you were impressed by the recent switches of Nasacort Allergy 24HR, Nexium 24HR or Flonase — well-executed and model switches — well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

April 21, 2015

A new PhRMA report released Monday found that branded manufacturers invested $51.2 billion last year in R&D. 

April 14, 2015

Total dollars spent on prescriptions in the U.S. were up 13.1%.

April 13, 2015

Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals on Monday acquired Mexican OTC and nutritional manufacturer Advanced Pharmaceuticals and Nutritionals. 

April 2, 2015

A Kline industry expert pointed to the launch of Nasacort 24HR as a significant driver behind the 10% increase in allergy sales. 

April 1, 2015

The cost of treating rheumatoid arthritis will reach $9.3 billion by 2020, according to a GBI Research report released Wednesday. 

March 19, 2015

British Columbia pharmacies are taking part in the "Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy" research project, which marks the first of its kind in North America.

February 23, 2015

Combined Distributors reported that its medicine disposal product was found to exceed U.S. FDA and EPA guidelines. 

February 17, 2015

CVS Health weighs in on the next chapter in the debate about the impact of expensive drugs on the healthcare system in a commentary that appears today on the Health Affairs blog.

February 10, 2015

PricewaterhouseCoopers released a new spotlight on the dangers of antimicrobial resistance.

 

February 6, 2015

The pharma industry praised outgoing Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg and welcomed Stephen Ostroff, who will assume the role of acting commissioner.

January 28, 2015

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday released a discussion document in the 21st Century Cures initiative.

January 27, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced approval for the first generic version of Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release capsules), which are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults and children ages 1 year and older.

January 21, 2015

National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson has issued a statement following the announcement of a new healthcare program in the State of the Union address Tuesday night, and in recognition of ongoing Congressional initiatives related to healthcare innovation.

January 21, 2015

With specialty and biotech drugs claiming an ever-greater share of the pharmaceutical market and spawning a backlash from payers and patients over their high price tags, pharmacy operators are smack in the middle of a growing tug of war between the drug industry, the public and private health plans struggling to keep up with the new drug-cost paradigm.