July 22, 2014

After speaking at the Health Mart Annual Meeting Tuesday morning, Tony Willoughby, Health Mart’s chief pharmacist, sat down with DSN to talk about how pharmacies can drive adherence and excel in today’s changing healthcare environment.

July 21, 2014

AbbVie has finalized a deal for Dublin-based specialty pharmaceuticals company Shire for $54.7 billion.

July 21, 2014

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Monday that opens up medical marijuana to treat symptoms of epilepsy in adults and children.

July 21, 2014

Commentary published online Monday addresses the controversy surrounding the high costs of new Hepatitis C virus treatments and implications for the growing specialty pharmacy market. 

 

July 21, 2014

Even before the official start of this year’s McKesson ideaShare conference, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center was buzzing with attendees eager to take advantage of the robust lineup of continuing education courses held on Sunday and Monday.

July 21, 2014

The new KL1Plus double counts the tablets it dispenses and can then store the count data for up to 10 years.

July 21, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is providing an update to key leadership positions within the Office of Generic Drugs, the agency announced.

July 18, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced the approval of Ruconest, a recombinant C1-Esterase inhibitor product for the treatment of acute attacks in adult and adolescent patients with hereditary angioedema.

July 18, 2014

FedEx on Thursday was indicted as a co-conspirator for illegally distributing pharmaceuticals sourced from a pair of rogue online pharmacies.

 

July 17, 2014

Purdue Pharma announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved a new 7.5-mcg/hour dosage strength of Butrans (buprenorphine) transdermal system CIII.

July 17, 2014

About 30% of top-performing OTC drugs today were once prescription-only medications noted Dave Wendland, VP Hamacher Resource Group, on Thursday during a videocast hosted by GMDC titled "Rx-to-OTC: Getting it Right at Retail."

July 16, 2014

Daddy & Co. has created a new baby care line dubbed Daddy’s All Natural Health and Skincare.

July 16, 2014

Infirst Healthcare on Wednesday announced the introduction of three new chocolate-flavored cough-cold items called Dr. Cocoa.

July 16, 2014

RetireSafe, a grassroots organization advocating on behalf of America’s seniors on Tuesday released a survey finding that seniors overwhelmingly support strong patient safeguards for biosimilar medications. 

July 15, 2014

Two new over-the-counter enemas are offering quick constipation relief without having to wait for a hospital visit. 

 

July 15, 2014

Former Republican Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert last week wrote an editorial for the Washington Times supporting the use of such tamper-resistant pseudoephedrine products as Acura Pharmaceuticals' Nexafed and Westport Pharmaceuticals' Zephrex-D.

July 15, 2014

Giant Eagle last week added prescription blood-pressure medications lisinopril and lisinopril HCTZ to the list of several antibiotics that the chain provides for free to its patients, according to a report in the Columbus Dispatch

July 14, 2014

In an effort to battle medication non-adherence, regional player Kinney Drugs has unveiled its new EZSync program to synchronize pickup dates and prescription refills.

July 14, 2014

Although the pace of approvals for new orphan drugs — medicines that treat relatively rare conditions — have increased in the United States and Europe in recent years, patients are facing growing challenges accessing those drugs, a newly completed study released last week by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts University has concluded.

July 14, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has accepted the company's new drug application for albuterol multi-dose dry-powder inhaler, a breath-actuated dry-powder inhaler for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in patients 12 years of age and older with reversible obstructive airway disease.

July 14, 2014

Upsher-Smith Labs on Monday announced the launch of topiramate extended-release capsules, an authorized generic version of Qudexy XR (topiramate) extended-release capsules.

July 11, 2014

Anacor Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the company's new drug application for Kerydin (tavaborole) topical solution, 5% — an antifungal approved for the topical treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails.

July 11, 2014

CVS/pharmacy replaced single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products with the tamper-resistant PSE product, Zephrex-D, in all of its West Virginia stores, as well as stores in nearby states that are located within 15 miles of West Virginia's border, including Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

 

With the move, West Virginia has become a de facto test market for the diversion-defiant PSE formulation, because along with CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid and Fruth and soon Walgreens will all be selling similar formulations. The move sends a stern message to West Virginian methamphetamine makers to the tune of Tom Petty's "Don't come around here no more."

July 10, 2014

Ateb on Thursday announced it has reached an agreement to license Walgreens' entire portfolio of prescription alignment patents in an effort to continue to improve overall health care, demonstrate the value of medication synchronization and increase patient adherence rates.