February 24, 2012

Budget cuts are never an easy thing to do. Even if slashing spending on this program or that program can help replenish the government's coffers and reduce a budget deficit, somebody always ends up losing.

February 24, 2012

Generic drug maker Hospira has joined the country's largest lobby for the generic drug industry, the company said.

February 24, 2012

Generic drug maker Par Pharmaceutical has completed its acquisition of an Indian drug company, Par said.

February 24, 2012

One year after launching a national awareness campaign focused on the benefits of 90-day prescription refills at retail pharmacies, Walgreens on Friday released new data supporting the success of the 90-day refill program and its overarching benefits to patients and payers.

February 23, 2012

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the National Community Pharmacists Association are focusing on the issue of medication adherence with the announcement of a joint pharmacy educators challenge and half-day symposium that will highlight the best practices in teaching medication adherence.

February 23, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a new drug application for the treatment of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.

February 23, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for a rare disorder that previously had no approved medical therapies, the agency said.

February 22, 2012

Prescription-only pseudoephedrine regulation has no impact on the methamphetamine trade, according to a Cascade Policy Institute study on the 2005 Oregon law, which restricts access to medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

February 21, 2012

An executive order from the Obama administration has spurred the Food and Drug Administration to address shortages of two cancer drugs and issue draft guidance for the industry to help prevent future shortages, the agency said Tuesday.

February 21, 2012

Pfizer has signed a deal worth more than $500 million with a Chinese drug maker to make generic drugs for China and other markets, the companies said.

February 17, 2012

Multibillion-dollar pharmacy benefit management companies are advertising aggressively to try to convince Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to approve a merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions

February 17, 2012

According to a report prepared last month by the Economic Impact Group discerning the impact prescription-only pseudoephedrine would have on Oklahoma citizens, prescription-only PSE would result in almost 300,000 additional doctor's office visits at an estimated cost reaching $60 million; $6 million would be directly borne by consumers.

February 17, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Merck for Type 2 diabetes, the drug maker said. Merck announced the approval of Janumet XR (sitagliptin and metformin hydrochloride) extended-release tablets as a once-daily treatment for the disease.


February 16, 2012

Walgreens and Greystone Healthcare Management on Thursday launched a collaborative therapy management pilot program at the Lady Lake Specialty Center in Lady Lake, Fla., aimed at enhancing medication adherence and reducing readmission rates for patients in post-acute care settings.

February 15, 2012

Fake versions of a cancer drug made by Roche's U.S. unit have entered the United States, the Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

February 15, 2012

Managed care and prescription plans are working to switch patients to generic versions of Pfizer's Lipitor despite the drug maker's efforts to reduce costs for the branded version, a new study suggested.

February 15, 2012
Regulators, healthcare providers and the public at large have taken note of the rise in prescription drug substance abuse. A recent article titled "Oxycodone Prescriptions Rose Sharply" in the New York Times (1/11/2012) describes trends of double-digit percentage increases in the dispensing of certain narcotic based painkillers. And many states have, or will be, implementing prescription drug monitoring programs — also known as prescription monitoring programs — that track the physicians prescribing and the patients receiving controlled substances.
February 14, 2012

Kerr Drug is launching a new campaign to get people to talk to their pharmacists, the chain announced.

February 14, 2012

Generic drug maker Mylan plans to challenge a court decision that requires it to pay almost $20 million to a drug company whose product it tried to market as a generic.

February 14, 2012

The National Consumers League, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy have recognized five pharmacy schools for their public education efforts to help patients adhere to their medication routines.

February 13, 2012

Columbia Labs has transferred a new drug application for a topical drug designed to prevent premature birth in pregnant women to Watson Pharmaceuticals.

February 13, 2012
Multibillion-dollar pharmacy benefit management companies are advertising aggressively to try to convince Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to approve a merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solution.
February 9, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration reached a major milestone on the path to a regulatory regime for follow-on biologics on Thursday with the release of draft guidance on biosimilar product development.

February 9, 2012

Social media strategist Robin Leedy & Associates, a public relations and social media marketing agency, on Wednesday announced the signing of six clients featuring several brands in the health and beauty space.