January 19, 2017

The percentage of Americans who approve of Obamacare reached its highest level of 48%, but nearly an equal number disapprove.

January 19, 2017

"There are already a number of laws ... that help to fight the meth problem in Michigan," CHPA stated, "including the NLPE which serve as strong barriers to meth makers [obtaining] PSE."

January 18, 2017

Bayer AG has joined a host of companies, including General Motors, Hyundai and Walmart,  that have pledged to either keep or create jobs in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The Journal cited Trump transition team spokesman Sean Spicer, who said Bayer’s decision was the result of “the president-elect’s focus on creating a better business climate here in the United States.” Bayer is currently seeking regulatory approval for its planned $57 billion purchase of seed maker Monsanto, and committed research investments and "several thousand" new high-tech positions in the U.S. once that deal is successfully completed. (The Wall Street Journal)

 

January 17, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, NCPA asked its members to rank legislative priorities. For the 115th Congress, the top three concerns are DIR fees, generic pricing transparency and any willing provider provision.

January 17, 2017

The publication of the draft guidance means that stakeholders can now comment for 60 days after Jan. 18 in order for comments to be considered before the final version of the guidance is written

January 13, 2017

The House has followed the Senate’s lead and passed a budget resolution to draft a repeal bill that could overhaul or repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

January 13, 2017

According to the NCPA 2016 Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health, approximately 1,800 rural independent pharmacies serve as the only pharmacy provider in their community, with the next closest pharmacy miles away.

January 13, 2017

The provider status bill would allow underserved Medicare patients to receive certain services from pharmacists, in states in which pharmacists already are permitted to administer the functions.

January 12, 2017

GNC and Walmart are joining Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods on the development of a retailer driven and consumer focused Industry Leadership Group, the Natural Products Association reported.
 

January 12, 2017

NCPA recommended Congprescription drug coverage as an essential benefit to help reduce overall health costs and maintain a pharmacy network that includes meaningful access to retail pharmacies.

January 11, 2017

CHPA has developed a three-prong strategy in combating DXM abuse, which includes connecting to parents and teens on awareness efforts and galvanizing the industry to restrict the sale of DXM products to adults.

January 11, 2017

OTC medicine eligibility in tax-preferred accounts was removed in 2011 as one of the first-implemented provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

January 11, 2017

So far, H3N2 has been the predominant influenza strain, and H3N2-predominant seasons have been associated with more severe illness and higher mortality, especially in older people and young children.

January 10, 2017

CRN suggested that strong recommendations from government agencies advocating supplementation should pave the way to include multivitamins with folic acid within all government nutrition programs, including SNAP.

January 9, 2017

As probiotics are quickly gaining popularity, the new industry guidelines are designed to ensure probiotic manufacturers can consistently create high-quality products in which consumers can be confident.

January 6, 2017

A total of seven companies were selected for testing of online ordering in pilot states.

January 6, 2017

The number of drugs the FDA approved last year, 22, is less than half of the 45 approved in 2015 and lower than the average of the last 10 years of approvals, which is 29. 

January 4, 2017

DSN associate editor David Salazar examines the state of the pharmacy industry in this multi-page report.

January 4, 2017

The one truth a new Trump Administration and a Republican Congress represents is change, and for some, that spells opportunity.

January 4, 2017

New site features members-only section featuring alerts, announcements and documents.

January 4, 2017

As is typical of an industry tied so closely to legislation and the markets, the state of retail pharmacy is typically one in flux. With 2016 in the rearview mirror and both 2017 and a new presidential administration ahead, what are the biggest changes facing the industry?

January 4, 2017

Senate votes 51-48 in favor of beginning a debate on a budget resolution that would overhaul Obamacare.

January 4, 2017

In her decision, the Honourable Justice Michèle Monast ruled that the royalty clauses in all the Jean Coutu Group’s franchise agreements are legal.

January 4, 2017

DSN talks to the NACDS CEO and president about life, leadership and where he finds inspiration for both.