December 11, 2014

Pharmacists, patients and payers must work together to take advantage of med sync tools and help alleviate the issue of medication nonadherence, stated B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, in a statement issued on Thursday.

December 11, 2014

Kermit Crawford, a key architect in the transformation of pharmacy practice and the elevation of health-and-wellness services at the nation's largest drug chain, is retiring at the end of this year. DSN spoke at length with the pharmacy veteran about his role in the evolution of pharmacy at Walgreens, his outlook for the profession, and his own plans for 2015 and beyond.

 
December 11, 2014

The University of South Florida Health College of Pharmacy in November opened a 1,500-sq.-ft. concept pharmacy called the USF Health Pharmacy Plus that sees 5,000 patients per week and features advanced robotics, medication therapy management and pharmacogenomics to better prepare its 320 pharmacy students for a future in retail pharmacy.

December 11, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced the availability of levalbuterol inhalation solution, USP (concentrate), a generic equivalent to Xopenex inhalation solution concentrate. 

December 11, 2014

The Kermit Crawford era at Walgreens is drawing to a close. As of Dec. 31, Crawford, one of the industry’s best known and most respected pharmacy executives, will retire as president of pharmacy, health and wellness at the nation’s top drug store chain. 

December 11, 2014

Nothing highlights Walgreens’ transition to full-service community health provider better than the company’s massive flu shot and immunization program. Under an aggressive, seven-year expansion program driven by pharmacy, health and wellness chief Kermit Crawford, the program has given Walgreens a powerful platform on which to build an expanding menu of preventive health-and-wellness services.

 
December 11, 2014

Designed to improve patient access to pharmacists and showcase the chain’s health, wellness and daily living offerings more effectively, Walgreens’ Well Experience store format embodies the vision for a more engaged and more comprehensive model of pharmacy practice championed over the past decade by Kermit Crawford, outgoing president of pharmacy, health and wellness.

 
December 10, 2014

Drug Store News in November presented Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness Kermit Crawford — who will retire from the company at the end of the year, after 31 years at Walgreens — with the first-ever DSN Pharmacy Innovator award. In the December issue, DSN examines Crawford’s career and some of the major contributions he has made to Walgreens and community pharmacy along the way. 

December 10, 2014

Mylan on Wednesday launched its celecoxib capsules in 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-mg dosage strengths. The drug is one of the first available generic versions of Celebrex capsules from Pfizer.

December 10, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Wednesday announced the launch of generic Celebrex (celecoxib) capsules in the United States. The company is offering the capsules in 50-,100-, 200- and 400-mg dosage strengths. 

 

December 10, 2014

Walgreens announced that Greg Wasson, president and CEO, will retire shortly after the close of the second step of the Alliance Boots transaction

 

December 9, 2014

AmerisourceBergen will feature several new solutions for health-system pharmacists at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition 2014, the wholesaler announced Tuesday.

December 9, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association agreed to support compromise automatic substitution legislation.

December 9, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday awarded $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and seven U.S. Territories.

December 9, 2014

Mirixa Corp. announced a partnership with pharmacy system PioneerRx on a patient adherence solution.

December 9, 2014

Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, introduced on Tuesday H.R. 5815 — the Generic Drug Pricing Fairness Act — which creates greater transparency in how PBMs reimburse pharmacies for generic prescription drugs under Medicare Part D, the military’s TRICARE program, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

December 9, 2014

From 2009 to 2013, the number of Americans using prescription opiates declined 9.2%, yet both the number of opioid prescriptions filled and the number of days of medication per prescription rose more than 8% in that time period. 

December 9, 2014

Teva Canada, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, announced Tuesday that Health Canada has approved its application for the generic version of PrTarceva. 

December 9, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $100 million donation to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy from alumni Fred Eshelman, founder and CEO of Pharmaceutical Product Development and founding chairman of Furiex Pharmaceuticals. The committment will be used to create a center within the pharmacy school named the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.

December 9, 2014

Flu activity is picking up across the South, according to the latest Walgreens Flu Index.

December 8, 2014

For the second week, influenza-like activity tracked above the national baseline, according to the Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, indicating that this year's season is officially underway. The trajectory of illness rates are tracking ahead of the past two years, which suggests this season has the potential to be a severe season. 

December 8, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday will begin publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, Drug Store News has learned.

December 8, 2014

Drug Store News has named Nancy Lyons director of continuing education and clinical content.

December 8, 2014
Kroger and Medicine Shoppe are participating in MediMergent's pilot study of the National Medication Safety, Outcomes and Adherence Program.