July 7, 2014

According to a report from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to recommend that healthy children between the ages of 2 years and 8 years be inoculated with a live attenuated influenza vaccine like FluMist, as opposed to the traditional flu shot. 

July 7, 2014

Sandoz announced the launch of valsartan tablets, an authorized generic version of Diovan tablets which is used for the treatment of high blood pressure.

July 3, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday made available a draft of its strategic priorities over the next four years for public comment.

July 3, 2014

Impax Labs on Wednesday announced that it has acquired from Actavis two generic products for cash consideration. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

July 3, 2014

Rite Aid realized a 3.9% same-store sales increase for the four weeks ended June 28, the company reported Thursday. 

July 3, 2014

Walgreens on Thursday reported June sales of $6.3 billion, an increase of 8.9% as compared to the same month in fiscal 2013.

 

July 2, 2014

Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 — many more in some states than in others — according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlights the danger of overdose.

July 2, 2014

On June 25, the U.S. Department of Justice, at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, filed a complaint for permanent injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Laclede of Rancho Dominguez, Calif., and its president, Michael Pellico.

July 2, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued several policy documents regarding compounding as part of the agency’s continuing effort to implement the compounding provisions of the Drug Quality and Security Act enacted in November 2013. 

July 2, 2014

As many as 32 organizations on Tuesday signed a letter calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require biologics and biosimilars to have the same International Nonproprietary Name, a practice currently in use in Europe and other markets.

July 2, 2014

Express Scripts has taken as many as 1,000 active ingredients widely used by compounding pharmacies off of their coverage list, according to a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday. 

July 1, 2014

Actavis and Forest Labs. on Monday announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve Actavis' proposed acquisition of Forest.

July 1, 2014

New legislation overseeing compounding pharmacies was introduced Sunday in Massachusetts, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

July 1, 2014

Walgreens is currently piloting two MedAvail self-service pharmacy kiosks — one located at one of its distribution centers and a second at an Access Health Clinic. 

June 30, 2014

Cardinal Health on Monday announced the introduction of a legislative toolkit that makes it easy for community pharmacists to share their views about policies affecting the pharmacy industry.

June 28, 2014

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group created an educational video for pharmacists to help better combat prescription drug abuse. The video, titled "Red Flags," was released at NABP's 110th Annual Meeting.

June 27, 2014

SilverScript Insurance Co., a CVS Caremark company, has entered into collaborations with seven accountable care organizations across the country.

June 27, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday notified health professionals, their provider organizations and caregivers for infants, that prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2% solution should not be used to treat infants and children with teething pain.

June 26, 2014

The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition on Thursday released “Acetaminophen: How It’s Used, Preventing Overdose and What We Can Do to Promote Safe Use,” a report and educational resource to drive safe and appropriate use of one of the United States’ most common drug ingredients.

June 26, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that certain OTC topical acne products may cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation.

June 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Tuesday enacted biosimilars legislation updating Massachusetts’s pharmacy law and paving the way for the substitution of biosimilars deemed "interchangeable" by the Food and Drug Administration.

June 25, 2014

Pharmacists in Pennsylvania may soon be required to notify physicians prior to substituing a biologic medicine with a biosimilar medication following the passing of a bill by the Pennsylvania Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

June 25, 2014

Worldwide prescription drug sales are expected to exceed the trillion dollar mark by 2020, according to Evaluate's "World Preview 2014, Outlook to 2020" report released Wednesday.

June 24, 2014

Nikki Haskell, the owner and CEO of Balanced Health Products, has been sentenced by a U.S. magistrate judge in a Manhattan federal court to a $60,000 fine for distributing dietary supplements that contained a prescription drug, the Food and Drug Administration reported Monday.