August 27, 2013

How can retail pharmacy play a greater role in battling the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic? Data. To shed light on how CVS Caremark tapped its extensive prescribing database to identify signs of potential inappropriate prescribing, CVS Caremark¹s Troy Brennan talked with DSN about the program and the ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

August 5, 2013

Rob Hooper, national sales manager for OTC with Actavis Pharmaceutical, sat down with DSN to discuss how Actavis is preparing for the inaugural NACDS Total Store Expo. Actavis Pharmaceutical, one of the leaders in the OTC private label industry and recently acquired by Watson Pharmaceutical, plans to leverage its extensive experience within the prescription medicine business to offer best-in-class options across store brand products.

July 10, 2013

DSN had the opportunity to speak with Christian Tadrus, who has been the pharmacist at Sam’s Health Mart in the Colombia, Mo. area, since 1997. Tadrus, a member of McKesson’s Sponsored Clinical Services pharmacy network, participates in a number of adherence support programs, including the award-winning Pharmacy Intervention adherence coaching program, StudyLink patient recruitment for clinical trials program, and the RxRapid Response pharmacist survey program.

June 25, 2013

The healthcare industry continues to prepare for ACA implementation and the expected influx of newly eligible patients, said Emdeon's Kevin Mahoney. Many pharmacies are changing their staffing models in preparation for customers with expanded Medicaid benefits — especially as we approach the New Year. This is a good time for me to remind you to be thinking about your eligibility program.

July 11, 2012

DSN talked to Cardinal Health SVP independent sales Steve Lawrence about the big news from Cardinal’s 2012 Retail Business Conference, including a best practices competition for its customers, its Women in Pharmacy program and Cardinal’s joint outreach program with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse.

July 10, 2014

VoicePort on Thursday announced a patent licensing agreement with Walgreens that covers 11 U.S. patents and patent applications owned by Walgreens in the field of prescription alignment.

June 28, 2014

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group created an educational video for pharmacists to help better combat prescription drug abuse. The video, titled "Red Flags," was released at NABP's 110th Annual Meeting.

June 25, 2014

Worldwide prescription drug sales are expected to exceed the trillion dollar mark by 2020, according to Evaluate's "World Preview 2014, Outlook to 2020" report released Wednesday.

June 24, 2014

Nikki Haskell, the owner and CEO of Balanced Health Products, has been sentenced by a U.S. magistrate judge in a Manhattan federal court to a $60,000 fine for distributing dietary supplements that contained a prescription drug, the Food and Drug Administration reported Monday.

June 20, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has published a draft guidance document for prescription drug supply chain stakeholders as part of the agency’s implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has reported.

June 18, 2014

A survey co-released on Wednesday by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and the National Coalition on Healthcare reveals that the healthcare providers patients rely on most to explain safety information about their prescription drugs have serious concerns about a proposed FDA rule on generic drug labeling.

June 12, 2014

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by full committee vice chair Marsha Blackburn to address the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse epidemic.

June 3, 2014

Walgreens on Tuesday announced the launch of a nationwide program offering talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments.

May 28, 2014

As a key Congressional committee is set to consider legislation to help identify solutions for prescription drug abuse while preserving patients’ legitimate access to needed medications, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to the bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce committees’ Health subcommittee affirming support for this effort, NACDS has announced.

May 23, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration took action this week against websites that sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription drugs to U.S. consumers.

May 22, 2014

Delegates from the member boards of pharmacy adopted eight resolutions during the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy 110th Annual Meeting held in Phoenix.

May 19, 2014

Responding to recent comments by Attorney General Eric Holder that "opiate addiction is an urgent — and growing — public health crisis," the National Community Pharmacists Association wrote to the Attorney General to offer recommendations on effectively combating the scourge of prescription drug abuse without forcing patients with legitimate medical issues to endure chronic pain, NCPA has announced.

May 15, 2014

A new report by Milliman released Thursday found that Silver plans with combined deductibles offered through the Health Insurance Exchanges may require patients to pay more than twice as much out of pocket for prescription medicines overall as they would under a typical employer plan.

May 14, 2014

About half of all Americans reported taking one or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days during 2007-2010, and 1-in-10 took five or more, according to "Health, United States, 2013," the government’s annual, comprehensive report on the nation’s health that was released Wednesday.

May 12, 2014

Perrigo on Monday announced that it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray (0.15%), a generic version of Astepro. The drug is indicated for people ages 12 years and older and is used to treat nasal symptoms brought on by seasonal allergies or environmental irritants.

May 12, 2014

DSN had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Doug Hebert, Co-Founder and Vice President of RxArmory, and Shelly Mowrey, Vice President of RxArmory about the importance of substance abuse prevention.

May 9, 2014

Bayer agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion. The OTC acquisition will give Bayer the global No. 2 position in nonprescription products following recently announced consolidations in this growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck's consumer care business includes such leading brands as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to $7.4 billion with Merck’s business contributing approximately $2.2 billion.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Bayer is expected to achieve global leadership positions in dermatology and gastrointestinals and advance to the No. 2 position in the cold, allergy, sinus and flu category. Bayer will remain No. 2 in nutritionals and No. 3 in analgesics. Overall, the proposed GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis combination represents the largest consumer health business with about 5.7% share, according to reports. The Bayer/Merck combination comes in second with around 4.5% share. McNeil Consumer rounds out the top three globally with a share just above 4%.

May 7, 2014

The 46th Annual NCPA Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs kicked off Wednesday on Capitol Hill, bringing together hundreds of members of the National Community Pharmacists Association to discuss critical community pharmacy issues with members of the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as government officials and political insiders.

May 6, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on Friday voted 11-4 opposed to switching Merck's allergy remedy Singulair from Rx-to-OTC, according to an Associated Press report.