March 7, 2016

Beginning March 7, all of Walgreens 120 drug stores in Puerto Rico will dedicate space to providing information on CDC-recommended steps to prevent the spread of Zika virus.

March 4, 2016

It is amazing how a 2008 initiative has marked pharmacy’s progress in helping to improve access to high-quality, cost-effective patient care.

March 4, 2016

With the nation struggling to pay its massive health bill, medical schools turning out fewer and fewer primary care doctors, 10,000 boomers a day turning 65 years old and putting new stress on Medicare and health services, the Affordable Care Act demanding new cost-saving solutions to front-line care, and chronic diseases reaching epidemic proportions, it’s clearly time to fully engage the nation’s nearly 180,000 community pharmacists in the urgent campaign for a more effective, more accessible and less costly healthcare system.

March 4, 2016

The future of American health care could be summed up in one word — “connection.” To thrive in a fast-reforming healthcare system that demands better patient outcomes at a lower cost, pharmacies, physicians, hospitals, health systems, outpatient clinicians and diagnosticians are going to have to connect much more effectively, both with one another and with the patients they serve.

March 4, 2016

Going back at least to the mid-1800s, many community pharmacists have been given the informal title of “doc” or “doctor” by grateful local residents, particularly in smaller towns and rural communities where the local pharmacist might be the only health provider within miles. These days, the title is more than honorary; it’s a requirement.

March 4, 2016

Retail pharmacies play an important role in disaster and emergency situations, often acting to provide first response aid for people needing food, water, medical supplies and healthcare services.

March 4, 2016

Pharmacy’s engagement with legislators through the National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact grassroots program provides a window into the industry and the profession.

March 4, 2016

The Medicare “lock-in” provision is a part of a larger prescription drug abuse bill known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

March 1, 2016

In an opinion study commissioned by NACDS last summer, voters appreciate the need to address drug abuse and drug access in a complementary manner.

February 29, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has granted Novartis’ Afinitor (everolimus) tablets a new indication after giving it a priority review designation.

February 25, 2016

Califf is an American cardiologist and has served as the Deputy Commissioner of the FDA Office of Medical Products and Tobacco since January 2015.

February 24, 2016

Vonnie Hampel was most recently the press secretary and senior legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Ia., and now joins NACDS’ government affairs and public policy department. 

February 19, 2016

Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and frequent mental distress.

February 18, 2016

The company found that only about 12% of enrollees on Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans were eligible to receive 10 recommended vaccines with no out-of-pocket costs.

February 18, 2016

The Regulatory Summit, a one-day event, will help attendees formulate clear direction and options for addressing current regulatory compliance matters.

February 11, 2016

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a piece of legislation aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse and ensuring legitimate patient access by encouraging collaboration between health and enforcement agencies. 

February 8, 2016

In addition to Medicare savings on prescription drugs, about 5.8 million Medicare beneficiaries made use of an annual wellness visit in 2015, some million more than did so in 2014, CMS said. 

February 5, 2016

According to the bill, people would be able to use their HSA account to pay for OTC medicines, as well as up to $1,000 per year in dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies. 

February 2, 2016

CDC has received recent reports of severe respiratory illness among young- to middle-aged adults with H1N1pdm09 virus infection, some of whom required intensive care unit admission; fatalities have been reported. 

January 28, 2016

The Indiana Senate's appropriations committee approved a bill that would prevent drug offenders from buying cough and cold medication containing pseudoephedrine, WANE reported Thursday. "Under the bill, the system would issue an alert to a pharmacy to sop a sale if a customer's information matches data in NPLEx," the report noted. "Thirty-two states, including Indiana, currently use NPLEx to track sales." (WANE)

 

 

January 26, 2016
The Jan. 19 "Frontline" report on the dangers of supplements is evidence that even as the dietary supplement industry has made significant strides toward cleaning up its image, there may still be some work to do. 
January 22, 2016

NACDS, along with partners including the National Community Pharmacists Association, have been engaged on this issue every step of the way since Congress first enacted the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 in February 2006. 

January 22, 2016

Some 87% of those polled see obesity as a problem in their state and 69% want Medicare to expand coverage to include prescription drugs meant to treat obesity. 

January 20, 2016

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ acting administrator Andy Slavitt noted that interoperability will be a priority for the replacement program in the hope of closing referral loops and getting consumers engaged in their care.