February 18, 2011

Nearly 39 million people are feeling the effects of cold and flu as illness levels continue to climb across the nation, Boiron reported Friday.

February 18, 2011

CVS Caremark announced on Friday that the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute awarded the company and its PBM client, ArcelorMittal, the 2011 Rx Benefit Innovation Award. The award recognizes the Pharmacy Advisor program, which was developed by CVS Caremark to manage costs, improve medication adherence and close gaps in care for members with diabetes.

February 18, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for a rare bleeding disorder.

February 18, 2011

An asthma drug widely available as a generic should not be used for preventing or treating preterm labor in pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration warned.

February 18, 2011

Schiff Nutrition International on Friday named Tarang Amin CEO, president and director, effective March 7. Amin will replace Bruce Wood, CEO, president and director, who is retiring.

February 18, 2011

A generic drug maker received regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its generic version of a bacterial infection treatment.

February 18, 2011

A drug used to treat high cholesterol, which will lose patent protection and face generic competition starting this year, also may help prevent blindness in people with diabetes, according to a study by researchers at the University of Georgia.

February 18, 2011

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force on Thursday charged 111 defendants in nine cities — including doctors, nurses and healthcare company owners and executives — for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving more than $225 million in false billing. The operation marks the largest federal healthcare-fraud takedown.

February 17, 2011

February is American Heart Month, and a professional group representing the country’s pharmacists is using that as an opportunity to encourage the public to learn how to prevent heart disease from the most easily accessible members of the healthcare system.

February 17, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has seized supplies of a drug used to treat ear infections, under a program the agency started to remove unapproved drugs from the market.

February 17, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a psychiatric drug for treating bipolar disorder when used in combination with one of two other drugs.

February 17, 2011

Novartis on Thursday morning named Naomi Kelman head of the Novartis OTC division, effective March 2. She will report directly to Joseph Jimenez, Novartis CEO.

February 17, 2011

Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with AgaMatrix to sell and distribute blood-glucose monitors and test strips in the U.S. store-brand channel.

February 17, 2011

The Obama administration’s proposed budget for 2012 contains an item that could change the game for biosimilars, according to published reports.

February 17, 2011

Savient Pharmaceuticals announced changes to its management team as it gears up for the commercial launch of its chronic gout treatment.

February 17, 2011

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has hired a new CFO, the company said.

February 17, 2011

Generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched a generic drug for treating symptoms of menopause.

February 17, 2011

ViVa Beverages on Wednesday announced the national launches of Quick Beverages Sleep and Quick Beverages Relax, two new 2-oz. shots containing relaxation aids in a zero-calorie, sugar-free, berry-flavor drink.

February 16, 2011

Amicus Therapeutics received good results from its mid-stage trial of a drug for a rare, genetic disorder, the drug maker said Wednesday.

February 16, 2011

Baxter International on Tuesday announced results of a study published in this week's issue of The Lancet that demonstrated effectiveness and tolerability of the company’s Preflucel in protecting against seasonal influenza.

February 16, 2011

The National Basketball Association, the Women's National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League are at the forefront of a new campaign that seeks to raise awareness about diabetes prevention.

February 16, 2011

As employers try to engage employees in health management programs to slow healthcare cost inflation, fewer employees are placing a high priority on managing and improving their health, according to a survey released Wednesday of more than 9,000 employees at large and midsize employers, conducted by Towers Watson.

February 16, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday unveiled a new National Vaccine Plan to enhance coordination of all aspects of federal vaccine and immunization activities with the goal to ensure that all Americans can gain access to vaccines.

February 16, 2011

The New York State Health Department has proposed a plan that could save the state’s Medicaid program $350 million through 2015.