October 10, 2013

While the boom in generic drugs now looks set to wane, another segment of the pharmaceutical industry is rapidly rising and presenting new growth opportunities for pharmacy retailers: specialty drugs.

October 7, 2013

State representatives in Massachusetts have unanimously passed a bill that would allow patients to check the safety records of compounding pharmacies there, according to published reports.

October 1, 2013

The message in October is "Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine" as the American Pharmacists Association launches its annual American Pharmacists Month.

September 27, 2013

Congress is expected to pass the Drug Quality and Security Act, which would subject sterile compounding pharmacies to stronger federal regulations and has attracted support from an independent pharmacy trade group, compared with a previous effort at federal regulations of compounding, Senate Bill 959, which many pharmacists feared would threaten their businesses and patients' access to compounded drugs. The efforts to place compounding pharmacies under federal regulations stem from last year's scandal in which many patients died and more were sickened after taking injected steroids contaminated with fungus.

The bills' purpose is simple enough: protecting the safety of patients by preventing irresponsible pharmacies like the New England Compounding Center from slipping through the cracks. But the older bill attracted opposition from independent pharmacies because, despite its good intentions, forced them to make costly changes to their business models or force them out of compounding altogether.

September 12, 2013

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center recently partnered with Walgreens to offer a free bedside delivery program for patients to receive prescriptions before being discharged.

September 10, 2013

Generic drugs have been on a roll with their share of total prescriptions dispensed in the country seeming to increase on a nearly constant basis. But it appears the peak is coming soon.

September 6, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday reiterated its stance on compounding to the House Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

September 4, 2013

Expanding the role of pharmacists in Canada is one solution that will reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients, and save the system an estimated C$1.4 billion to C$1.9 billion dollars over three years, according to a new report released by Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart.

August 12, 2013

This year, generic drugs account for 83% of all drugs dispensed in the United States, and that figure is set to get even larger over the next few years. That was among the takeaways from IMS Health VP industry relations Doug Long’s presentation Sunday morning.

July 31, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Perrigo generic drug for treating dermatitis, the company said Wednesday.

July 31, 2013

Nearly 450 drugs are under development for treating neurological disorders, according to a report by a drug industry trade group.

July 30, 2013

Attendees of this year’s Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference will choose 1-of-3 finalists of a special best practice competition to determine the most innovative independent pharmacy program among Cardinal Health customers.

July 23, 2013

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance is supporting medication synchronization programs and pilots at pharmacies around the country using an appointment-based model, saying the model focuses on aligning drug refills of chronic medications to fall upon the same appointment date each month, the group said Tuesday.

July 22, 2013

Cardinal Health and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation are calling for proposals to research the effects of pharmacist-provided medication therapy management services on hospital readmission rates.

Medications only do their jobs if patients take them as instructed by physicians, but physicians' ability to ensure that patients are doing what they're supposed to is limited. That's where pharmacists can step in to help make a difference.

July 18, 2013

According to the Administration on Aging, the United States is similar to many other countries in the developed world — and even a few in the developing world — in that the population is getting older.

July 17, 2013

Biomed Pharmaceuticals has appointed Gaston Bernstein as CEO, the maker of injectable and intravenous drugs for patients with chronic disorders said.

July 16, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association CEO Douglas Hoey testified Tuesday before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health’s hearing on “Reforming the Drug Compounding Regulatory Framework.”

July 12, 2013

The creation of a clear approval pathway for biosimilar drugs remains a daunting task for the Food and Drug Administration, despite the fact that it's prescribed by law through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But when those lower-priced, generic versions of some staggeringly expensive bioengineered medicines do finally come to market, they're likely to have a profound effect on the nation's outlays for specialty pharmaceuticals.

July 10, 2013

Many patients are not complying with their prescription drug therapies due to adverse side effects, even though some OTC drugs can treat them, according to a new study commissioned by a maker of products for dry mouth, one of the most common medication side effects.

July 9, 2013

With some studies showing that patients' failure to take their medications as directed costs the economy nearly $300 billion per year, one group is looking to tackle what it sees as part of the problem: doctors' and pharmacists' instructions to patients on how much medicine to take and when.

July 8, 2013

Amid mounting evidence of the negative clinical and economic consequences of medication nonadherence, research featured on the cover of this month’s Health Affairs breaks new ground by urging innovative approaches to improve medication adherence and to “achieve a higher-performing health system.”

July 2, 2013

Sandoz has started a late-stage clinical trial of a biosimilar version of a drug used to treat autoimmune disorders, hoping the results will support its efforts to win regulatory approval in the United States and Europe.

June 27, 2013

Onco360 is joining the limited-distribution network for two newly approved cancer drugs made by GlaxoSmithKline, the specialty pharmacy company said.

June 25, 2013

It appears that medication adherence among Americans age 40 years and older ranges from mediocre to worse, according to a new report by a trade group representing independent pharmacies.