November 19, 2013

A pair of Congress leaders — Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Martha Roby, R-Ala. — on Tuesday advocated for community pharmacy with letters addressed to the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee.

November 18, 2013

AmerisourceBergen on Monday announced the launch of the company’s new Pharmacy Ownership Program, a new network with resources established to assist independent community pharmacists in selling their business to prospective buyers or expanding their current business to additional locations.

November 18, 2013

A bill that would implement federal tracking and tracing of drugs and strengthen federal regulations on pharmacy compounding has passed in the Senate and will go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

November 13, 2013

As cold and flu season kicks into high gear, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition on Tuesday issued a nationwide safety message urging consumers to double-check their medicine labels so they don’t double-up on medicines that contain acetaminophen when treating winter illnesses.

November 13, 2013

The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee highlighted the human tragedy wrought by last year's fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated injectable steroids as he spoke in favor of a new law that would regulate compounding pharmacies and also implement federal track-and-trace policies for drugs during a recent speech.

November 12, 2013

Walgreens recently presented research from two retrospective cohort studies exploring HIV and comorbid medication adherence at HIV-specialized pharmacies and the implications for HIV patients with serious mental illness.

November 11, 2013

The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board has certified nearly 50 pharmacists following the first round of exams, the group said Monday.

November 8, 2013

It’s called medication synchronization, and the concept is simple enough — shifting patients to a synchronized, easy-to-comply-with, once-a-month prescription refill program so they can pick up all their medications with one visit to the pharmacy each month, instead of multiple trips.

November 8, 2013

PharmaSmart's kiosks will be integrated with PDX's Enterprise Pharmacy System, allowing pharmacies with the EPS system to collect data from patients through the kiosks, under a partnership between the two companies announced Friday.

November 8, 2013
Higi ‘scores’ with kiosks

Through its biometric screening kiosks, its smartphone application and its website, Higi encourages users to take a more holistic approach to their health. True wellness, its creators insist, springs not just from such physical metrics as blood pressure, glucose readings and body mass index, but from lifestyle choices and connections to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

November 7, 2013

Aisle7 on Thursday announced the launch of Healthnotes Interactions Checker, a next-generation solution simplifying the task of deciding which nutrients positively or negatively interact with the medicines they take.

November 7, 2013

CVS Caremark announced on Thursday that its Pharmacy Advisor Counseling program has been awarded Health Call Center accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

November 7, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is hailing articles in the November 2013 edition of Health Affairs that urge greater reliance on pharmacy in new healthcare delivery models and that recommend re-alignment of federal and state policies to empower pharmacy patient care.

November 7, 2013

New Senate legislation introduced Tuesday that would restore consumers’ ability to use pre-tax dollars from flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines without first seeing a doctor has been jointly endorsed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

November 6, 2013

Industry veteran Albert Sebok, who held a distinguished career as a pharmacist and healthcare advocate, passed away on Nov. 3.

November 6, 2013

A pharmacist in Canada has won a prestigious award from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, according to published reports.

November 5, 2013

Schnuck Markets is expanding its presence in specialty pharmacy services, according to published reports.

November 4, 2013

A proposal by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to eliminate the required ratio of pharmacy technicians to pharmacists in retail pharmacies in the state has drawn mixed responses from professional and industry trade groups.

November 1, 2013

A new study by IMS Health finds that most apps focused on health and wellness have limited functionality or evidence of value in advancing healthcare provision and outcomes, with fewer than half of them directly related to patient health and treatment, and more than half of them having fewer than 500 downloads.

With more than 43,000 health-and-wellness apps from the Apple App Store alone included in the IMS study, but a dearth of apps for elderly patients with chronic conditions, there is ample opportunity for developers to address this need. That will become especially important as health care becomes increasingly focused on patient outcomes. And this means opportunities for apps that address the ever-present issue of poor medication adherence.

November 1, 2013

Medication safety and pharmacy information systems get more attention in the latest version of an exam for pharmacy technicians.

October 30, 2013

A division of inVentiv Health has acquired Catalina Marketing's medication adherence services subsidiary, inVentiv said Thursday.

October 25, 2013

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has established a memorandum of understanding with an organization of French-speaking pharmacy school deans and educators to cooperate and collaborate to advance the quality of pharmacy education around the world.

October 25, 2013

Three pharmacy groups are petitioning the World Health Organization to uphold common generic names for biosimilars and their branded reference products.

October 25, 2013

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy has launched a task force to investigate pharmacological management of medical marijuana, the group said.