October 24, 2013

McKesson on Thursday confirmed its proposed acquisition of Celesio, a leading international wholesale and retail company and provider of logistics and services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, with an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Celesio for €23 per share (US$31.75 per share) and to launch parallel voluntary public tender offers for the remaining publicly traded shares and outstanding convertible bonds of Celesio.

October 23, 2013

McKesson appears ready to pull the trigger on an offer for German drug distributor Celesio, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

September 16, 2013

“Pharmacies’ efforts to help patients understand aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are demonstrating yet again the value of pharmacies as the face of neighborhood healthcare.” That was a key message that National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson expressed in a recent opinion piece.

August 8, 2013

One of the fastest-growing segments in health care today is home health care, which is expected to become even more important over the next decade. To help independent pharmacies take advantage of the market, Cardinal Health is giving its customers access to more than 30,000 medical products through Independence Medical, the company said at its annual Retail Business Conference for independent pharmacy owners.

August 8, 2013

Can one of the nation's premier specialty pharmacies maintain its focus on each patient it serves while simultaneously smashing its own growth records and reaching national power-player status in the rarified world of specialized medication services?

August 8, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo brings together vendors and retailers across the entire store — pharmacy, OTC, beauty, consumables and general merchandise — and the supply chain executives who get the goods to market. As the industry converges on Las Vegas for this game-changing show, DSN talks to four leading futurists about what the drug store of tomorrow will look like.

June 27, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is working with international regulators in the latest crackdown on rogue Internet pharmacies, the agency said Thursday.

June 12, 2013

Google has removed advertisements for websites that sell drugs without prescriptions, following a series of warning letters from a state attorney general, according to published reports.

June 5, 2013

Washington-based healthcare accrediting organization URAC has given its stamp of approval to the specialty pharmacy operated by pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics, Prime said.

June 3, 2013

Efforts to create a generic top-level domain for legitimate pharmacy websites gained traction last week when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN - the body that controls what goes into Internet URLs - gave the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy a passing grade for an initial evaluation of its plans for the domain, ".pharmacy."

If successful, the .pharmacy domain will create a powerful new weapon to combat the rise of illegal online pharmacies, which, according to many studies, constitute all but 3% of the websites selling drugs on the Internet. These are the "Canadian" pharmacies selling cheap drugs that one often sees links to on search engines and other websites; despite their supposed provenance, they're usually based in countries where regulations are lax or unenforced.

May 31, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV can continue receiving their drugs through community specialty pharmacies under a settlement of a lawsuit filed against the healthcare company by an advocacy organization.

May 29, 2013

An effort to allow trusted online pharmacies to add ".pharmacy" to their URLs cleared a hurdle last week as it passed an initial evaluation by the body that regulates the web address suffixes, known as generic top-level domains.

April 26, 2013

A House Subcommittee on Health hearing Thursday focused on efforts to strengthen the country's pharmaceutical supply chain, and particularly on draft legislation meant to accomplish that.

While often touted as the safest in the world, the U.S. drug supply chain remains vulnerable to counterfeit, adulterated and stolen medications. Given the potentially dangerous risks of using such medicines, it is imperative that they be kept out.

April 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has launched an interactive map that allows users to find licensed online pharmacies by searching through states' board of pharmacy databases.

April 16, 2013

Amid various strategies adopted to stop the proliferation of rogue online pharmacies, one group has proposed controlling what they can put at the end of their Web addresses.

February 20, 2013

Lobbying groups for the retail pharmacy industry have a few suggestions for the Drug Enforcement Administration for drug take-back programs.

February 15, 2013

Eighty-eight members of the House of Representatives fired off a letter Monday to postmaster general and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service Patrick Donahoe urging the agency not to eliminate Saturday delivery of mail, saying it would impede the ability of people who depend on mail-order pharmacies to receive their medications.

It's no secret that the retail pharmacy industry and pharmacy benefit managers don't always see eye-to-eye, with the latter being the main provider of mail-order pharmacy services in the country and often touting them as an alternative to going to the drug store, while the former emphasize the face-to-face interaction with pharmacists not usually possible with mail-order. But between the back-and-forth, millions of patients still depend on mail order pharmacy, and the cost effectiveness that mail-order pharmacies frequently promote themselves as offering could be at risk if they must use more expensive delivery methods.

January 24, 2013

Seniors have serious concerns regarding mandatory mail-order pharmacy requirements in prescription drug plans, according to a new national survey of 669 Medicare Part D beneficiaries released Thursday by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

January 7, 2013

More than half of U.S. consumers would not recommend a particular pharmacy to family and friends, according to a new report by a Canadian customer experience management firm.

December 12, 2012

The mail-order pharmacy business of pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics has received accreditation from the Washington-based healthcare accrediting organization URAC, Prime said Wednesday.

October 29, 2012

About 97% of online pharmacies are "rogue" operations operating outside U.S. laws and regulations, according to a new report.

October 25, 2012

The leader of pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics will be the keynote speaker at a specialty pharmacy conference Thursday.

October 22, 2012

A group that lobbies on behalf of independent pharmacies is urging Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to sign a bill that would allow retail pharmacies to match the reimbursement terms, pricing and conditions that mail-order pharmacies negotiate exclusively with health insurance plans.

October 5, 2012

In partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced it had taken action against more than 4,100 Internet pharmacies that illegally sell unapproved drugs to consumers.