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.

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.

March 5, 2015

CHPA announced its strong support for the Restoring Access to Medicines Act of 2015 (H.R. 1270).

February 26, 2015

Congress introdues legislation to protect FDA user fees from sequestration. 

February 20, 2015

The recently introduced Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015 receives support from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

February 12, 2015

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed legislation to help curb prescription drug diversion and abuse and protect patients in need of medication.

February 10, 2015

China Jo-Jo Drugstores entered into a service agreement with Alibaba Health Information Technology to utilize its electronic prescription platform. 

February 9, 2015

Under new bipartisan legislation, seniors would have more convenient access to discounted or "preferred" co-pays for prescription drugs at their pharmacy of choice.

February 5, 2015

HDMA recognized four members of Congress with the Association’s Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award.

February 5, 2015

Generic drug prices are going up. Spurred by market opportunities, short-term market exclusivity for some newly launched single-source generics and rising costs for manufacturing, quality control and raw materials, me-too drug manufacturers have escalated a series of price hikes, some of them significant.

February 2, 2015

A proposal in the Budget of the U.S. government, fiscal year 2016 calls for an increase in retail pharmacy prescription drug co-pays.

February 2, 2015

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has issued a report underscoring the need for the .Pharmacy Top-Level Domain Program as a public health initiative to help consumers distinguish legitimate online pharmacies from rogue online drug sellers.

January 27, 2015

Emphasizing the importance of promoting policies that improve patient outcomes and lead to healthier, safer communities, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in lead-up to Tuesday’s hearing titled, “Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Patients and Local Communities.”

January 22, 2015

Four House representatives on Thursday reintroduced legislation designed to help prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion and ensure patient access to necessary medications.

January 13, 2015

A new analysis by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the CVS Health Research Institute, published online first in the American Journal of Public Health, shows that enhanced prescription drug insurance can improve patient health outcomes and reduce use of other (often costly) healthcare services.

December 18, 2014

In a letter to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission on Thursday, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores emphasized the health-boosting and cost-reducing benefits that the pharmacist-patient relationship can produce for military families and veterans, and for the Department of Defense.

December 18, 2014

UnitedHealthcare has announced the winners of the second annual UnitedHealthcare Medication Adherence Targeted Intervention Program Challenge benefiting the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

December 11, 2014

After a recent spike in the prices charged for some generic drugs led to outcries from pharmacists, patient advocates and federal lawmakers, a report issued last month suggests that drug costs can be controlled if the Food and Drug Administration changes the way it handles reviews and approvals.

 
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 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 3, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule that sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products.

 

November 19, 2014

7‑Eleven, which has long offered single-dose blister packs of the most popular, national brand over-the-counter medications, on Tuesday entered the private-label drug business.