November 13, 2013

Sohm on Tuesday announced the U.S. launch of its umbrella brand SohMed, positioning the company in the generic over-the-counter medicines segment for indications of pain, fever, cold, antacid and alertness.

November 7, 2013

Pharmacy automation products manufacturer Innovation has started rolling out the latest model of its medication dispensing system, the company said Thursday.

November 5, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic injectable antibiotic drug made by Emcure Pharmaceuticals, according to the agency.

October 28, 2013

The last six drug take-back days sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency have collected nearly 2.8 million pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites across the country, drawing praise from a drug industry trade organization.

October 22, 2013

The state Senate of Pennsylvania will vote on a bill to curb misuse of prescription drugs, according to published reports.

October 21, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pain drug made by Iroko Pharmaceuticals, Iroko said.

October 15, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new generic drug from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries for treating eye infections, the company said.

October 14, 2013

The National Consumers League on Friday launched a national multimedia campaign aimed at educating teens and young adults about the risks of misusing OTC pain medications.

October 11, 2013

A new law in Maine will allow the importation of drugs from abroad through mail-order from some pharmacies, formalizing a practice that has existed in many parts of the country for several years, and marking the first time a state government has, by law, gone against Food and Drug Administration regulations that bar importation of drugs.

Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle said Maine was "going rogue" on drug importation, and that pretty much sums it up. The state, which has long had a close relationship with Canada — its governor, Paul LePage, is of French-Canadian descent and spoke Quebecois French as his first language — is openly defying federal law. And because federal law ultimately trumps state law, it's likely the federal government will crack down at some point.

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.