June 23, 2016

Specifically, CMS' proposed guidance would standardize the reporting by PDP sponsors of price concessions received from, and incentive payments made to, participating network pharmacies.

June 22, 2016

The bill was met with praise from several industry groups when it was introduced, and a Generic Pharmaceutical Association member testified at the hearing. 

June 22, 2016

To act under the standing order, Texas pharmacists will need to complete a one-hour course on dispensing naloxoine accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education in coordination with TPA.

June 21, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the "Restoring Access to Medications Act" Tuesday, which would make over-the-counter medicines re-eligible for purchase with a health savings account, Forbes reported. "It’s not surprising that HSAs have gone from partisan football to bipartisan cum-bay-yah in recent years. Over 20 million Americans now have a health insurance plan with an HSA," Forbes reported. "HSAs are making Obamacare a less unaffordable option for families. They are an integral and growing part of the national health insurance landscape." (Forbes)

June 17, 2016

Delaware becomes the 12th state to pass a law addressing the issue of cough medicine abuse among teens, CHPA noted.

June 13, 2016

The peak percentage of outpatient visits for ILI was 3.6% and occurred during the week ending March 12, 2016.

June 13, 2016

The dietary supplement industry contributes $121.6 billion to the U.S. economy, CRN reported, creating 754,645 jobs nationwide, and paying $38.4 billion in wages, illustrating the industry’s significant economic contribution. 

June 10, 2016

Depending upon how these fees are structured, OTC PDUFA fees could be as much a disincentive as it is an incentive to innovation. 

June 10, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission is nearing its decision on the proposed merger of Rite Aid by Walgreens Boots Alliance, The New York Post reported late Thursday night, and signs point toward an approval. "The FTC’s biggest concern is the merger will give the combined company too much power when negotiating prices with pharmacy benefit managers," The Post reported. "[But] on Thursday, the chief executive of the No. 1 pharmacy manager, Express Scripts’ Tim Wentworth, said he welcomed the merger." (The New York Post

June 9, 2016

Serious heart problems associated with the overdoses of medicines like Imodium occurred mostly in patients who were taking doses that were much higher than recommended in an effort to get high. 

June 8, 2016

More than 10% of the contribution to the U.S. economy by the dietary supplment industry is in direct business tax (not including sales taxes on the sale of those supplements).

June 8, 2016

NACDS provides hearing statement on strengthening and improving Medicare.

June 6, 2016

A CHPA survey found that the number of consumers who understand that exceeding the recommended daily dose of acetaminophen may lead to liver damage has increased from 78% in 2010 to 87% in 2013. 

June 3, 2016

Industry has long supported state efforts to curb teen OTC cough medicine abuse and has worked to increase parental awareness through its StopMedicineAbuse.org campaign, CHPA stated. 

June 1, 2016

DSN associate editor David Salazar examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of pharmacy technology, in this multi-page report.

May 26, 2016

The NCPA 2016 Congressional Pharmacy Summit facilitated more than 600 visits to Capitol Hill by community pharmacists to call on more than 250 representatives and senators to support patient- and pharmacist-friendly legislation.

May 20, 2016

The new guidance will enable CMS to gain additional clarity into the sheer magnitude of the amounts of money that are being assessed on pharmacies, NCPA and other stakeholders noted.

May 19, 2016

FAN argues that fluoride supplements were launched in the 1940s on the premise that fluoride needs to be ingested during early childhood to provide a meaningful role in cavity prevention. Today, the body of evidence suggests that fluoride's predominant effect on cavities comes from topical application. 

May 19, 2016

NPA is encouraging members to visit its grassroots website and reach out to Congress and tell them to stop Puerto Rico from creating an arbitrary tax on the industry as the relief package is debated.

May 19, 2016

Stat is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration has delayed its issuing of a final rule that would let drug manufacturers update the safety warnings on their products independently, rather than seeking FDA approval to do so. The report notes that this is the second time the FDA final rule issuance has been delayed since the rule was proposed in 2013. The proposed rule has been met with opposition from such organizations as CVS and various groups representing manufacturers, pharmacists and wholesalers due to the number of different labels that would come out of the rule. (Stat)

May 18, 2016

The ad notes that more than 60% of the U.S. House of Representatives and more than 40% of the U.S. Senate have cosponsored legislation to name pharmacists as healthcare providers in Medicare Part B.

May 16, 2016

Last month, President Barack Obama signed into law the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 that was advocated by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and other industry groups. 

May 13, 2016

In the 2015 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative — a bold new research effort that can be actuated by MD Labs' Rxight, a pharmacogenetic program. 

May 13, 2016
CHPA's RSQ conference this year will focus on "Collaborating for Consumer Healthcare Solutions," showing how collaboration between industry and regulators can drive better consumer health outcomes.