January 7, 2015

The pharmaceutical industry is back. Fueled by the launch of expensive, new biotech medicines, rising prices for both branded and generic drugs and a recent slowdown in branded-drug patent expirations and generic competition, the U.S. pharmaceutical market is staging a remarkable resurgence.

January 7, 2015

PipelineRx — a clinical telepharmacy platform company — has acquired Quality Pharmacy Management, which provides remote pharmacy services in six Western states, for an undisclosed amount.

January 7, 2015

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have uncovered a novel approach to creating inhalable vaccines using nanoparticles that shows promise for targeting such lung-specific diseases as influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis.

January 7, 2015

Teva Pharmaceutical on Tuesday announced the Food and Drug Administration approved the launch of the company's valsartan tablets, the generic version of Diovan tablets from Novartis. 

 

January 6, 2015

Aurobindo Pharma on Tuesday announced that the company has received final approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to manufacture and market Valsartan Tablets.

January 6, 2015

Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni and Sovaldi drugs will be exclusive to CVS Health’s Standard Commercial, Exchange (Marketplace), Medicare Part D and Medicaid formularies.

January 6, 2015

Rite Aid named Jocelyn Zazyczny Konrad, currently VP healthcare initiatives, to group VP pharmacy initiatives and clinical services.

 

January 6, 2015

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is investigating generic drug price inflation.

January 6, 2015

Walgreens on Tuesday announced that December sales increased 10.2% to $7.9 billion.

 

January 6, 2015

According to the Walgreens Flu Index for the week beginning Jan. 5, Knoxville, Tenn. is the No. 1 designated market area with flu activity, followed by the Paducah, Ky. area and Chattanooga, Tenn.

January 6, 2015

As newly insured Americans begin using their 2015 benefits under the Affordable Care Act, Walgreens will again provide medication assistance to those patients who may have difficulty using their new insurance coverage.

January 5, 2015

About half the country is experiencing high levels of flu activity.

 

January 5, 2015

DSN examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of pharmacy technology, biosimilars and generics, as well as a Q&A with Owen Mumford's Travis Shaw, in this multi-page report.

January 5, 2015

Walgreens and Alliance Boots last week completed Step 2 of their strategic partnership to form Walgreens Boots Alliance, finalizing the two-step merger launched in 2012.

January 5, 2015

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals last month announced it has begun shipping Auryxia (ferric citrate) tablets to wholesalers in the United States. 

January 5, 2015

Mylan announced the introduction of valsartan tablets USP in 40-, 80-, 160- and 320-mg dosage strengths. 

January 5, 2015

A Shoppers Drug Mart in British Columbia’s Port Alberni has decided to stop selling tobacco products, according to a local news report.

 

January 5, 2015

Rite Aid on Friday posted a December sales increase of 4.9% to $2.2 billion.

 

January 5, 2015

Sam’s Club Pharmacies will host 10 free monthly health screenings nationwide in 2015 for members and non-members, covering a wide range of tests to manage and discover potential health issues.

January 5, 2015

January marks the launch of the fourth annual Medication Adherence Team Challenge, an inter-collegiate competition to raise awareness about medication adherence.

January 5, 2015

Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists in Alberta can now offer flu screenings in store — a first for Canadian pharmacies.

December 29, 2014

Actavis and Adamas Pharmaceuticals last week announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Namzaric. According to the companies, the drug is used to treat moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type in patients stablized on memantine hydrochloride and donepezil hydrochloride.

 

December 29, 2014

Diplomat Pharmacy has announced that Jennifer Hagerman will take office as the president of the Michigan Pharmacists Association.

December 29, 2014

Novo Nordisk last week announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved the company's new drug application for Saxenda, a once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist used as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for weight management in adults.