July 22, 2011

Patients in northern California using Kaiser Permanente’s services who received new prescriptions for statin drugs through mail-order pharmacy showed better control of their cholesterol in the first three to 15 months following the start of therapy than those who obtained them from Kaiser Permanente northern California pharmacies, according to a new study.

July 22, 2011

Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market a cinnamon-flavored, over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex gum USP in 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

July 22, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Friday announced “grave concerns” regarding a purported Oregon Medicaid plan amendment that would, according to the association, renege on a pact the state previously reached with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and cut Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement for the second time this year.

July 22, 2011

Enough is enough. That’s what Schiff Nutrition director, president and CEO Tarang Amin told analysts during a conference call Thursday — only four months into his tenure — regarding the predominant industry practice of funding buy-one-get-one promotions for glucosamine and chondroitin supplements.

July 22, 2011

A drug designed to boost high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels also may improve blood-sugar control for diabetics, according to a new analysis of a discontinued study.

July 22, 2011

A study slated to appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, a publication of the Endocrine Society, found that adolescent girls that take the diabetes drug metformin may prevent or delay the development of polycystic ovary syndrome, a common cause of infertility.

July 21, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by AstraZeneca to reduce the rate of heart attacks in patients with acute coronary syndrome, the Anglo-Swedish drug maker said.

July 21, 2011

At its annual national trade show, Cardinal Health on Thursday introduced a new initiative that celebrates and encourages female community pharmacy ownership.

July 21, 2011

Carex Health Brands has introduced a swivel cushion that is designed to help users get in and out of a vehicle or chair.

July 21, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy for two painkillers made by Cephalon, the drug maker said Thursday.

July 21, 2011

Juno Technologies has introduced a new way to package medications that keeps drugs secure but makes them easier to ship and store.

July 21, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for managing obesity made by Lannett.

July 21, 2011

Two of the country’s largest pharmacy benefit managers plan to merge in a deal worth $29.1 billion.

July 21, 2011

The merger agreement between Medco Health Solutions and Express Scripts announced Thursday has drawn objections from retail pharmacy trade groups.

July 21, 2011

Schiff Nutrition announced that Richard Carmona, who served at the 17th U.S. surgeon general, has been elected to serve as the company's scientific advisory board chairman.

July 21, 2011

Canadian retailer Shoppers Drug Mart posted a boost in second-quarter sales, thanks in large part to continued strength and sales growth in over-the-counter medications, cosmetics, and food and confection, the company announced on Thursday.

July 21, 2011

Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has revamped its website to now provide patients with online access to estimated clinic wait times, clinical quality scores and cost of services at Take Care Clinics across the country.

July 20, 2011

Cardinal Health on Wednesday morning announced that the wholesaler’s annual national trade show for independent pharmacies marks the largest in the event’s more than 20-year history, with nearly 7,000 attendees.

July 20, 2011

A visit to the dentist may offer a chance to catch prediabetes or diabetes in patients unaware that they have it, according to a new study.

July 20, 2011

A Food and Drug Administration committee of experts has advised against approving a drug for Type 2 diabetes made by AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb, the companies said Tuesday.

July 20, 2011

A new study published in the July 19 online edition of BMJ found that heart disease patients that opt out of taking low-dose aspirin daily put themselves at a higher risk for heart attack.

July 20, 2011

Hamacher Resource Group will be hosting a series of continuing education presentations at AmerisourceBergen’s National Healthcare Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas from July 22 to 23.

July 20, 2011

Hi-Tech Pharmacal has introduced levofloxacin oral solution in the 25-mg/mL strength, the drug maker said Tuesday.

July 20, 2011

Pharmacy automation equipment manufacturer Innovation will unveil a new device for automating the counting and processing of medications at two pharmacy trade shows this summer, the company said Tuesday.