February 12, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline may be looking to buy a Brazilian drug maker for up to $4 billion, according to published reports.

February 12, 2013

Massachusetts and New Jersey lately have been cracking down on sterile compounding pharmacies alleged to violate safety regulations, but the crackdown may soon go nationwide, predicted a legal firm focused on the matter.

February 11, 2013

Generic drug maker Impax Labs has settled with Shire Labs over an authorized generic version of a Shire drug for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Impax said.

February 11, 2013

A federal judge has ordered a California company and its owner to stop manufacturing and distributing drugs and dietary supplements in domestic commerce until their manufacturing operations comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Food and Drug Administration reported.

February 8, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic diabetes drug made by Macleods Pharma, according to agency records.

February 8, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Celgene for treating the cancer multiple myeloma, the agency said Friday.

February 8, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a generic drug for treating hypertension, according to agency records.

February 8, 2013

A new switch paradigm could open the door to $35.7 billion in OTC opportunity, according to a new report recently released by Francesco International.

February 8, 2013

Biotech drug maker Amgen plans to launch six biosimilar drugs starting in 2017, according to published reports.

February 8, 2013

Surprise inspections at 40 compounding pharmacies in Massachusetts last fall have led to 10 being ordered to stop sterile compounding, according to published reports.

February 8, 2013

A new report by Francesco International identified $35.7 billion worth of potential Rx-to-OTC switches in a wide range of indications, from hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder to high cholesterol and erectile dysfunction, and the Food and Drug Administration has been looking at ways technology and pharmacists could be employed to ensure that patients taking drugs new to the consumer health space take them appropriately.

With growth in traditional pharmaceuticals expected to slow down significantly, a growing number of drug makers — branded and generic alike — see specialty drugs as their main sources of revenue for the foreseeable future. At the same time, those drug makers not invested in specialty may be looking for growth opportunities in consumer health.

February 7, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced the extension of its Pharmacy Advisor program to cover an additional five chronic conditions, including asthma, breast cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression and osteoporosis.

February 7, 2013

Researchers in Canada found that pharmacists who call their patients after a prescription has been filled can help reduce and manage adverse drug reactions for those patients.

February 7, 2013

An insomnia drug made by Purdue Pharma "significantly" reduced the time it took patients to return to sleep after they'd woke up in the middle of the night, according to a new study.

February 6, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a regulatory approval application from Elite Pharmaceuticals for an opioid painkiller, the drug maker said Wednesday.

February 6, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic antibiotic made by Sandoz, the drug maker said Wednesday.

February 6, 2013

Republican and Democratic senators have re-introduced legislation that would ban patent settlements between branded and generic drug companies that critics allege violate antitrust laws, according to published reports.

February 5, 2013

CueScript on Tuesday launched an innovative platform that delivers on-demand prescription-specific videos and other value-added services designed to engage patients, improve health literacy and improve medication adherence.

February 5, 2013

CVS Caremark is marking American Heart Month by encouraging heart-healthy behavior in February, the company said Tuesday.

February 5, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a testosterone gel product made by Perrigo, the drug maker said.

February 5, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to preserve access to hydrocodone-containing pain relief products, as FDA considers moving the medications from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Schedule III list of controlled substances to the more restrictive Schedule II list.

February 5, 2013

A new report sheds light on some of the opportunities and challenges that exist in follow-on biologics, arguing that their opportunity to generate value depends on factors like the speed of development, clarity of regulation, ease of access and the roles of all stakeholders.

February 5, 2013

Customers refill more than 1,000 prescriptions per day using Shopko's mobile pharmacy app, the mass-merchandise retailer said Tuesday.

February 5, 2013

Walgreens reported January sales of $6.2 billion, an increase of 6.3% as compared to the same month in fiscal 2012.