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. 
 
January 29, 2016

According to the New York Times, Valeant Pharmaceuticals has issued a statement following criticism from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign about it raising the cost of the drug D.H. E., noting that there was a generic version of the drug available and that it had less than 1% of the market share on D.H.E, which costs $14,000 for 10 vials, $11,000 more than it cost in June 2014. “Whenever the sales volume of a drug declines, manufacturers must consider pricing adjustments to keep production of the drug viable,” the company said.  (New York Times)

January 29, 2016
This week, Arizona ranks No. 2 in flu incidence among states and No. 3 in flu incidence gains, while Nevada tops the Walgreens Flu Index. 
 
January 28, 2016

Diplomat’s new app is aimed at making care management easier for caregivers and patients with complex illnesses. 

January 28, 2016

Halaven is approved for patients with unresectable or metastatic liposarcoma who have received prior chemotherapy that contained an anthracycline drug. 

January 28, 2016

The drug is a bioequivalent to Adderall XR and will be available in 3.1-, 6.3-, 9.4-, 12.5-, 15.7- and 18.8-mg dosage strengths. 

January 28, 2016

Fruth Pharmacy has opened another location in West Virginia, this time inside the Tower FoodFair grocery store in Barboursville.

January 28, 2016

HDMA’s webinar is planned for 11 a.m. on Feb. 4, which will feature HDMA EVP government affairs Patrick Kelly and Arent Fox partner Stephanie Trunk outlining key provisions. 

January 28, 2016

GlobalData also pointed out that many patients affected by hepatitis B also happen to be part of low-income populations and likely not covered by medical insurance or reluctant to seek treatment.  

January 28, 2016

Working in partnership with CSI (Computerized Screening, Inc.), which provides the in-store Health Stations for Price Chopper and Market 32, and now Doctor On Demand, the leading video telemedicine provider, customers will now have immediate access to board certified physicians around the clock. 

January 28, 2016

A different kind of pharmacy opened in Redwood City, Calif., on Wednesday. It's called a food pharmacy and it's designed to encourage low-income people suffering with diabetes to eat a healthy diet, according to Fox2 KTVU News. (Fox2 KTVU News)

January 27, 2016

The company behind the first FDA approved drug created via 3D printing has secured financing led by Deerfield Management. 

January 27, 2016

The drug will be available in 30-mg delayed release disintegrating tablets, as well as 30- and 60-mg delayed release capsules. 

January 27, 2016

HealthInvestor is reporting that, due to Engand’s National Health Service’s plans to cut the number of pharmacies, anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 pharmacies might be forced to close. The NHS is the source of 90% of pharmacies’ income, the report noted. (HealthInvestor)

January 27, 2016

The ranking was created by creating overall scores based on the ratio of positive to negative medication reviews online by using TreatoVoice, which identifies and ranks patient experience base on their online postings. 

January 27, 2016

The Task Force found that patients who were identified through depression screening and went on to be treated — with antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or both — showed improvement in depression symptoms.