October 1, 2015

With the release of Congress’ Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Acts come concerns over the bill’s impact on TRICARE beneficiaries. 

September 30, 2015

As the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services rolled out its plan for an Enhanced Medication Therapy Management model for pharmacies, KPMG’s Larry Kocot published a blog post for Health Affairs expanding on the announcement. “These changes are designed to better align the standalone prescription drug plan (“PDP”) sponsor and government financial interests, while also creating incentives for more robust investment and innovation in targeting medication therapy interventions,“ Kocot wrote. (Health Affairs)

September 29, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has outlined its latest model for medication therapy management that it hopes will increase adherence and improve outcomes among Medicare Part D beneficiaries. 

September 28, 2015

Under the terms of the consent decree, the company will not be allowed to manufacture or sell dietary supplement products until the FDA has determined that the business is in compliance.

September 25, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Friday released a letter to the editor in response to a Sept. 5 article in The Washington Post about efforts to improve medication adherence through research and patient-focused strategies.

September 22, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday announced plans that would reduce out-of-pocket drug costs for many American consumers should she be elected President of the United States. 

September 18, 2015

A recent Harris Poll found that one-half of households use OTC medicines to treat a chronic or recurring condition.  These families would particularly benefit from OTC eligibility in FSAs and HSAs.

September 16, 2015

Caridiologist Robert Califf is currently the FDA’s deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco, a post he has held since March.

September 16, 2015

A new drug before the Food and Drug Administration would track adherence. 

September 11, 2015

NY AG renews efforts against dietary supplement industry with 13 new cease-and-desist letters. 

September 11, 2015

In order to get the recommended 18 milligrams of iron per day through food, you’d need to eat 45 ounces of chicken breast. 

September 10, 2015

There is concern that industry consolidation in the healthcare sector may hamper patient access and the ability of community pharmacists to provide care. 

September 8, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launced its new program, “Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States,” which aims to invest in 16 states currently battling an epidemic of prescription drug overdoses. 

September 4, 2015

The Council for Responsible Nutrition this week came out in support of the Food and Drug Administration taking action against marketing bulk pure powdered caffeine to consumers and its issuance of warning letters to five powdered caffeine distributors.

September 4, 2015

AstraZeneca on Thursday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Brilinta (ticagrelor) tablets at a 60 mg dose for patients with a history of heart attack beyond the first year.

September 4, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration this week approved expanded labeling for Janssen Biotech’s rheumatoid arthritis treatment Simponi Aria (golimumab for infusion).

September 3, 2015

California state Sen. Jeff Stone, a former independent pharmacist himself, had one message for independent pharmacists during the McKesson ideaShare 2015 Public Policy session in San Diego — don’t just vote, get involved.

August 31, 2015

The guidance was outlined in a blog post by Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s center for drug evaluation and research, and Karen Midthum, director of the FDA’s center for biologics evaluation and research.

August 28, 2015

Vermont on Friday became the last state in the nation to legalize electronic prescriptions for controlled substances — a measure that many states have adopted as a way to combat the abuse of controlled substances and prevent individuals from resorting to fraudulent paper prescriptions.

August 28, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has a new diabetes treatment developed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Co.

August 24, 2015

The National Association of Chain Drugs Stores celebrated Albertsons/Safeway and Kinney Drugs for the companies’ political advocacy and grassroots activities at NACDS Total Store Expo, Friday evening at the NACDS Political Involvement reception.

August 23, 2015

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson discusses the NACDS RxImpact grassroots advocacy program, which can serve as a resource for pharmacy professionals to learn how to engage and educate lawmakers about key pharmacy issues.

August 22, 2015

Health insurers are responding by “changing their fundamental business model,” PwC’s Health Research Institute noted in its report on U.S. health industry trends in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. 

August 22, 2015

Driven by the funding priorities of health reform under the Affordable Care Act, primary care physicians once again are moving to the center of American health care.