February 2, 2016

Generic Pharmaceutical Association president and CEO Chip Davis issued a statement following the organization’s presentation to members of Congress about the savings attributed to generics. 

February 2, 2016

Greenstone has introduced its authorized generic of the overactive bladder treatment. 

February 2, 2016

The challenge for DME within retail is the amount of shelf real estate many of these bath safety and mobility assistance products occupy. The large individual SKU footprint can make for some unattractive profit-per-square-inch metrics.

February 2, 2016
Alere focuses on tests for cardiology, oncology, infectious disease and women’s health, among others, and is the largest pregnancy test maker.
February 2, 2016

Cough-cold marketers like to strike just before the iron gets hot, placing most of their ad placements in support of cold and flu remedies in the two months leading up to the peak of cold and flu season.

February 2, 2016

Private-label cough-cold brands and Vicks are the big winners when consumers are seeking remedies for their sniffles, coughs and stuffiness online.

February 2, 2016

Retail health fairs — both mega events, such as Walmart’s “America’s Biggest Health Fair” on Oct. 10, 2015, or smaller, periodic local events hosted annually by thousands of retailers across the country — represent one of the simplest mechanisms for massive, individualized public awareness around such key health issues as flu prevention, early diabetes detection and/or prevention, and more.

February 2, 2016

An easy and affordable way for people to take control of their health — that’s the premise driving the expansion and frequent availability of free health screenings at Sam’s Club, according to Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP of consumables and health and wellness.

February 2, 2016

It makes sense that the nation’s top retailer would also play host to the largest one-day health fair. But for Walmart, the scale of its first-ever chainwide wellness and screening event — held last October and appropriately dubbed “America’s Biggest Health Fair” — is only part of the story: It’s backed by long-term commitment and big-scale thinking.

February 2, 2016

For the industry’s third-largest drug store chain, health events aren’t just something that happens once or twice a year; they’re an ongoing commitment that’s now embedded in Rite Aid's DNA.

February 1, 2016

Building on the momentum of last year’s launch of the first U.S. biosimilar, the Biosimilars Forum is looking to educate about and increase access to biosimilars. 

February 1, 2016

Though the drug has met the FDA’s quality, safety and efficacy standards, it won't receive final approval until an ongoing patent infringement proceeding is dealt with. 

February 1, 2016

Vfend is indicated to treat fungal infections in adults and children 12 years of age and older. 

February 1, 2016

The authors recommend future studies with a focus on appropriate patient populations, the longevity of the effect and the influence on clinical outcomes.

February 1, 2016

The list of “not recommended” sites  — which was begun in 2008 — documents those that sell medication in a way that isn’t in compliance with federal and state laws or the NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards. 

February 1, 2016

The availability of the antidote to opioid overdoses through retail pharmacy is increasing. 

February 1, 2016

NCPA also provided feedback on expanding prediabetes education and a study on medication synchronization programs. 

February 1, 2016
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts has opted to block reimbursements for Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ Glumetza once the generic is launched on Feb. 1. According to GoodRx, the drug currently costs about $1,500 for a 30-day supply. “Recent agreements Valeant has signed with retail pharmacies now potentially encourage the pharmacies to bypass the more affordable generic,” Express Scripts said. “To protect our clients and patients from wasteful, unnecessary drug spend, Express Scripts will exclude Glumetza.” (Chicago Tribune)
 
February 1, 2016

Reuters is reporting that one of the lead developers of the vaccine for Zika virus — which has been linked to microcephaly in infants born to women infected with it — has said that there could be an emergency-use vaccine ready by the end of the year. The Canadian scientist Gary Kobinger said that human testing of the vaccine could start in August, which would allow public health emergency use in October or November. (Reuters)

January 29, 2016

The drug showed in clinical trials that it had a sustained antidepressant effect following a one-day rapid effect. 

January 29, 2016
New patients enrolled in the CVS Health Specialty Connect pilot were 17.5% more likely to pick up their first refill and existing specialty patients had an 11.4 percentage point improvement in adherence. 
 
January 29, 2016
The drug is delivered via the Xsail breath-powered delivery device, allowing intranasal dosing of the most commonly prescribed migraine treatment. 
January 29, 2016
The drug had previously received two breakthrough therapy designations from the FDA to treat chronic HCV GT1 infection in end-stage renal disease patients on hemodialysis, as well as for the treatment of chronic HCV GT4 infection. 
 
January 29, 2016
The organization praised the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research director Dr. Janet Woodcock for pledging to take action to clear a backlog of generic drugs awaiting approval.