November 17, 2014

In this issue, we explore the profile of health-seeking drug store shoppers, their pharmacy purchase behavior and the best times to reach this valuable audience with promotional messages.

November 13, 2014

Cardinal Health recently launched a new online tool, developed by eHealth, that its retail pharmacy customers can use to help their patients compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.

November 13, 2014

A new analysis released by Avalere Health Thursday found that Medicare Part D prescription drug plans are poised to increase significantly the use of coinsurance in 2015. 

November 10, 2014

Health Mart on Monday announced that it is hosting its second series of Town Hall meetings, “Pharmacy Quality Measures: Action Steps for Improvement.”

November 7, 2014
Don't google it, check a reliable source. That's the advice a Belgian healthcare website, Gezondheid en Wetenschap, recently advertised in this YouTube video that you have to play to believe. Sadly, they need to advertise such advice. Because do you know what is notably absent in the country? A pharmacist. 
November 5, 2014

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield patients can now have prescriptions filled at Wegmans, with free home delivery.

 

November 3, 2014

Only 1% of eligible Medicare Part D beneficiaries get MTM services today.

 

October 28, 2014

Independent community pharmacies are increasingly providing services to support patient medication adherence and set a new record high in the proportion of prescriptions filled with typically lower-cost generic drugs.

October 24, 2014

Cigna-HealthSpring Rx, a national Part D plan, has announced that Bartell Drugs’ will be part of its 2015 pharmacy network, accounting for 63 of Cigna-HealthSpring’s 62,000 network pharmacies.

October 24, 2014

In the wake of an Oct. 21 blogpost on Health Affairs, “The $500 Billion Medicare Slowdown: A Story About Part D,” Ralph Neas, president and CEO of the Generic Pharmacuetical Association, issued the following statement.

October 22, 2014

Drug Channels on Tuesday released a report showing that Walmart and Walgreens dominate 2015 Medicare Part D preferred networks, followed by independent pharmacy. 

October 22, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced plans to survey pharmacists and patients about their experiences resulting from changes in generic drug pill appearance.

October 21, 2014

Over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs may also be effective in the treatment of people suffering from depression.

 

October 20, 2014

The National Community Pharmacists Association has announced that Frank Iannarone III, owner of Madison Pharmacy in Madison, N.J., was named the winner of the 2014 NCPA Prescription Drug Safety Award.

October 17, 2014

"The United States is in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic as addiction, overdoses and deaths associated with non-medical drug use have risen dramatically over the last decade. In 2009, U.S. drug overdose deaths outnumbered motor vehicle accident deaths for the first time," writes Wendy Cloe, a director at Emdeon, in her latest blog.

October 15, 2014

Camber Consumer Care, which focuses on both consumer care and prescription-to-OTC switch products, recently introduced new executives to its staff.

October 15, 2014

Health Mart this week launched a series of new marketing tools to enable members to assist Medicare beneficiaries in choosing coverage plans that are right for them.

October 15, 2014

As the Food and Drug Administration begins to explore ways to improve its user-fee program for generic drugs, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and its members have weighed in with suggestions on how to shore up the law to ensure that it helps bring generics to market faster and provides benefits across the entire healthcare system.

October 14, 2014

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., earlier this month launched an investigation into soaring generic drug prices.

October 14, 2014

CVS/pharmacy will offer its senior patients an easy way to compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the annual enrollment period of Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, the company has announced.

October 14, 2014

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Tuesday launched AccessBetterCoverage.org.

 

October 14, 2014

During the upcoming annual Medicare Part D enrollment period Rite Aid is offering free resources. 

October 13, 2014

Quality associated with Medicare Advantage and the Part D Prescription Drug Program is on the rise, according to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services blog post published Friday.

October 10, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Association on Thursday released a new study of adult Americans with hearing loss, finding that only 1-in-25 of those surveyed now own personal sound amplification products, and nearly 40% are interested in over-the-counter products to help them hear better.