October 15, 2013

The American Society of Health System Pharmacists has granted accreditation to a post-graduate program offered by specialty pharmacy Diplomat, the company 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 15, 2013

Independent pharmacies are focusing more on helping patients adhere to their medication therapies and save money by using generics, according to a new digest for members of a trade group that represents independents.

October 15, 2013

McKesson Corp. showcased several new solutions at the 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition of the National Community Pharmacists Association held in Orlando, Fla., the wholesaler announced Monday.

October 15, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Monday recognized a number of independent operators for their contributions to the industry and their communities.

October 15, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association Tuesday morning spelled out its public policy agenda — including the push to get H.R. 3204, The Drug Quality and Security Act, enacted — and expressed optimism for the future of community pharmacy during a media briefing held in conjunction with NCPA’s 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Orlando, Fla.

October 15, 2013

Calling it a "looming threat," the National Council on Patient Information and Education released a 10-step plan to draw attention to the problem of poor medication adherence among elderly people with multiple chronic conditions.

October 15, 2013

Ricola on Tuesday added a new product to its line of uniquely effective herb drops — Extra Strength for powerful cough relief.

October 15, 2013

Nearly half of patients with schizophrenia don't comply with doctors' prescription instructions, according to a new physician survey.

October 15, 2013

Wegmans recently extended its pharmacy reach beyond its store base with a service many of its snowbird patients may find appealing.

October 14, 2013

The governor of California has vetoed a bill that critics said would have limited patients' access to knock-off versions of biotech drugs.

October 14, 2013

Health kiosk maker PharmaSmart International and Canadian retail pharmacy chain Rexall will combine PharmaSmart's biometric screening technology with Rexall's dispensing system, under a new partnership announced Monday.

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

When it comes to laws and regulations, what happens in Europe stays in Europe generally, and doesn’t have much bearing on the United States. But a recent win in Europe for U.S. drug maker Hospira could have some implications for the United States as well.

October 10, 2013

One of the Food and Drug Administration's top regulators is not retiring, contrary to rumors reported in news media Thursday.

October 10, 2013

For the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs, one of the biggest stumbling blocks has been its significant backlog of generic drug approval applications. But it’s steadily making progress in addressing the problem.

October 10, 2013

Christian Tadrus, PharmD, who has been a pharmacist at Sam’s Health Mart Pharmacies in Moberly, Mo., since 1997, is a believer in using patient adherence strategies to help boost pharmacy operations. And with the implementation of health reform, adherence will be a key differentiator between pharmacies — a measurable indicator of quality of care.

October 10, 2013

A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has acquired rights to an experimental drug for hepatitis C from GlaxoSmithKline.

October 10, 2013

“The best of a chain combined with the best of an independent pharmacy.”

That’s how Health Mart president Steve Courtman describes Health Mart’s “unique value proposition in the marketplace.” That value, he added, is defined every day in thousands of communities across the United States by the pharmacy owner-operators who serve as the most accessible and most-utilized patient care providers in their local healthcare networks.

October 10, 2013

A coalition of organizations that includes major retail pharmacy and drug manufacturing groups is warning consumers against purchasing drug from foreign, online outlets.

October 10, 2013

Quantity and quality: Those are the two metrics by which any pharmacy operation is measured — quantity of prescriptions dispensed and quality of services provided. Quantity keeps you in business; quality keeps your patients coming back.

It’s a constant challenge for a small operator to score high on both metrics, but that’s exactly what McKesson’s 2013 Pharmacy of the Year Award recipient Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy, of Desloge, Mo., has done.

October 10, 2013

There are many ways a pharmacy operation can measure success; the most basic is to fill more prescriptions today than yesterday.

October 10, 2013

QS/1 will offer its pharmacy clients prescription-translation software under a new partnership with pharmacy language service firm RxTran, the two companies said Thursday.

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.