July 3, 2013

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has signed what the National Association of Community Pharmacy has characterized as groundbreaking reform legislation that applies reasonable standards to how pharmacy benefit managers audit community pharmacies, provides increased transparency into generic prescription drug reimbursement and ensures that PBM administrators of prescription drug claims are registered within the state.

July 3, 2013

Walgreens posted June sales of $5.8 billion, an increase of 2.5% from the same month in fiscal 2012, and saw increased pharmacy sales of 2.9%.

July 2, 2013

A dramatic increase in the number of women dying from opioid painkiller overdoses has health officials alarmed.

July 2, 2013

One of the most effective levers pharmacists and other health professionals can pull to curb the nation’s $2.7 trillion health care bill is boosting patients’ adherence to their prescription drug treatment regimens. But who’s holding the handle?

July 2, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a gel formulation of a foot fungus drug made by Merz Pharmaceuticals, according to published reports.

July 2, 2013

Sandoz, the generics division of Swiss drug maker Novartis, announced the launch of metronidazole 1% topical gel, calling it the first generic version of Galderma Labs' Metrogel.

July 2, 2013

Sandoz has started a late-stage clinical trial of a biosimilar version of a drug used to treat autoimmune disorders, hoping the results will support its efforts to win regulatory approval in the United States and Europe.

July 1, 2013

CVS Caremark has released the “2013 State of States: Adherence Report,” which reviews how patients in all 50 states are, or are not, taking their medications as directed by their doctors.

This is important as medication nonadherence continues to be a significant issue within the U.S. healthcare system. To be more specific, medication nonadherence in the U.S. accounts for up to $290 billion in excess healthcare costs annually. Yes, billion.

July 1, 2013

CVS/pharmacy has bolstered its mobile app by adding the new Drug Interaction Checker, which is an industry first that allows customers to easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing OTC products with their prescriptions and other OTCs on their smartphones.

July 1, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve a sleeping pill made by Merck & Co., citing issues with dosage.

July 1, 2013

At a time when more and more retailers are embracing mobile technology, North America is set to account for one of the highest percentages of tablet sales, according to a new study.

July 1, 2013

Rally Labs recently introduced its Blowfish for Hangovers, a morning-after remedy that has a bit of a cult following in New York, into the drug channel the company noted.

July 1, 2013

As new state legislation takes effect Monday to help bring greater patient access to vaccines, Walgreens has significantly expanded vaccine availability at all of its 204 locations across Indiana, the retailer announced.

June 28, 2013

Continuing education sessions maintained their strong momentum Friday at McKesson ideaShare 2013 as attendees woke bright and early to attend courses and learn about a variety of important industry-related topics.

June 28, 2013

The new wireless MedFolio device syncs medication adherence reports to a secure online cloud server which allows caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals — upon being granted access — to monitor whether medications are being taken as prescribed or to detect any problematic patterns.

June 28, 2013

Drug Store News talks with Nathan Mott, president of McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation, about how its new Mobile Delivery App can help increase patient adherence.

June 27, 2013

Onco360 is joining the limited-distribution network for two newly approved cancer drugs made by GlaxoSmithKline, the specialty pharmacy company said.

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 26, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Astellas Pharma for treating fungal infections in children.

June 26, 2013

Mylan has launched a generic version of a Johnson & Johnson contraceptive, the company said Wednesday.

June 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has given special designation to a drug made by Raptor Pharmaceuticals for a rare metabolic disease.

June 25, 2013

The healthcare industry continues to prepare for ACA implementation and the expected influx of newly eligible patients, said Emdeon's Kevin Mahoney. Many pharmacies are changing their staffing models in preparation for customers with expanded Medicaid benefits — especially as we approach the New Year. This is a good time for me to remind you to be thinking about your eligibility program.

June 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is allowing the marketing of two new tobacco products under regulations that allow tobacco companies to market products if they can prove they are similar enough to ones already on the market.

June 25, 2013

It appears that medication adherence among Americans age 40 years and older ranges from mediocre to worse, according to a new report by a trade group representing independent pharmacies.