December 11, 2014

After a recent spike in the prices charged for some generic drugs led to outcries from pharmacists, patient advocates and federal lawmakers, a report issued last month suggests that drug costs can be controlled if the Food and Drug Administration changes the way it handles reviews and approvals.

 
December 11, 2014

Pharmacists, patients and payers must work together to take advantage of med sync tools and help alleviate the issue of medication nonadherence, stated B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, in a statement issued on Thursday.

December 9, 2014

Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, introduced on Tuesday H.R. 5815 — the Generic Drug Pricing Fairness Act — which creates greater transparency in how PBMs reimburse pharmacies for generic prescription drugs under Medicare Part D, the military’s TRICARE program, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

December 5, 2014

The FDA issued a draft guidance that would provide generic companies a pathway to obtain samples of medicines requiring a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) protocol for product testing.

December 3, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule that sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products.

 

December 2, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Tuesday announced that it has named Terry Bazyluk as VP communications, effective Dec. 1, 2014. Bazyluk has served in senior communications roles for trade associations, corporate CEOs and presidential cabinet secretaries Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Robert Reich.

November 25, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association earlier this month added 10 member companies to its roster, including four manufacturer members and six associate members.

November 20, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Thursday emphasized the savings generic medicines bring to the table in light of rising brand prices. 

November 20, 2014

Moberg Pharma AB on Thursday announced that Jeff Vernimb has been named general manager for its U.S. operations and a member of Moberg's management team, effective Dec. 15.

 

November 19, 2014

7‑Eleven, which has long offered single-dose blister packs of the most popular, national brand over-the-counter medications, on Tuesday entered the private-label drug business.

November 17, 2014

DSN spoke with Neas in late October to mark the 30th anniversary of the landmark Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act — better known as the Hatch-Waxman Act. 

November 17, 2014

Thirty years ago, Democratic and Republican members of Congress hammered out a rare and prescient bipartisan compromise bill that transformed the pharmaceutical landscape forever and unleashed the modern generic drug industry. That law, known as the Hatch-Waxman Act, has proven to be one of the most far-reaching and impactful pieces of legislation ever to shape the American healthcare system.

November 17, 2014

Pharmaceutical sales through HDMA-member traditional primary distributors reached nearly $305 billion in 2013.

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.