January 12, 2015

Tops Friendly Markets, a grocer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, is closing pharmacy departments in 27 of its 162 locations this month and transferring pharmacy prescriptions and inventory to five CVS/Pharmacy and 22 Rite Aid locations near each affected store.

January 9, 2015

Innovation, the makers of PharmAssist automation solutions for pharmacies, on Friday announced that the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy located in Sherman, Texas, has successfully incorporated a RxSafe 1800 robotic storage and retrieval system. 

 

January 9, 2015

Teva Pharmaceuticals on Friday announced the launch of linezolid injection, the generic equvialent to Zyvox injection from C.P. Pharmaceuticals.

January 9, 2015

Walgreens Boots Alliance marked its first week as a new public company with the official launch of its new corporate identity — including its new logo and its purpose, vision and values — as set out on its website, walgreensbootsalliance.com.

January 8, 2015

Sandoz may be on track to receive the first biosimilar drug approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its Zarxio.

January 7, 2015

Routine blood pressure testing on PharmaSmart kiosks closely approximates daytime ambulatory blood pressure measurement. 

January 7, 2015

With tens and possibly hundreds of billions of dollars in potential savings still snagged in a regulatory limbo, federal lawmakers and health industry stakeholders strongly urged the Food and Drug Administration last month to knock down the final barriers to review and approval of biosimilar drugs for marketing in the United States.

January 7, 2015

The pharmaceutical industry is back. Fueled by the launch of expensive, new biotech medicines, rising prices for both branded and generic drugs and a recent slowdown in branded-drug patent expirations and generic competition, the U.S. pharmaceutical market is staging a remarkable resurgence.

January 6, 2015

Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni and Sovaldi drugs will be exclusive to CVS Health’s Standard Commercial, Exchange (Marketplace), Medicare Part D and Medicaid formularies.

January 6, 2015

Rite Aid named Jocelyn Zazyczny Konrad, currently VP healthcare initiatives, to group VP pharmacy initiatives and clinical services.

 

January 6, 2015

Walgreens on Tuesday announced that December sales increased 10.2% to $7.9 billion.

 

January 6, 2015

As newly insured Americans begin using their 2015 benefits under the Affordable Care Act, Walgreens will again provide medication assistance to those patients who may have difficulty using their new insurance coverage.

January 5, 2015

DSN examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of pharmacy technology, biosimilars and generics, as well as a Q&A with Owen Mumford's Travis Shaw, in this multi-page report.

January 5, 2015

CVS Health is now offering talking prescription labels as well as braille and large print labels through its mail service pharmacy to CVS/caremark members who are blind or visually impaired.

January 5, 2015

Rite Aid on Friday posted a December sales increase of 4.9% to $2.2 billion.

 

January 5, 2015

January marks the launch of the fourth annual Medication Adherence Team Challenge, an inter-collegiate competition to raise awareness about medication adherence.

December 29, 2014

Diplomat Pharmacy has announced that Jennifer Hagerman will take office as the president of the Michigan Pharmacists Association.

December 29, 2014

In a staff memo, the Office of Generics Drug’s acting director, Kathleen Uhl, vowed to take action on 90% of the abbreviated new drug application backlog before October 2017, and has appointed Ted Sherwood as acting director of OGD’s Office of Regulatory Operations to help with the improvements, FDANews.com has reported.

December 23, 2014

Specialty pharmaceutical company Actavis has hired Jonathon Kellerman as EVP, global chief compliance officer.

December 23, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical today announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Granix (tbo-filgrastim) Injection for self-administration by patients and caregivers. With the approval of this additional administration option, physicians will soon have the flexibility to prescribe Granix for either in-office or at home use.

December 23, 2014

Shares of Walgreens were on the rise in pre-market trading Tuesday morning, as Walgreens reported a 16.4% lift in quarterly profit to $809 million that was credited to the 222 million prescriptions filled in the first quarter ended Nov. 30.

December 22, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has granted accelerated approval to Opdivo (nivolumab), a new treatment for patients with unresectable (cannot be removed by surgery) or metastatic (advanced) melanoma who no longer respond to other drugs.

December 22, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Zerbaxa (ceftolozane/tazobactam), a new antibacterial drug product, to treat adults with complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections.

December 19, 2014

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has announced that it has closed the acquisition of Habitrol brand — an over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy transdermal patch — from Novartis Consumer Health.