June 18, 2014

Pharmacists in Kansas will be able to play a greater collaborative role in patient care under a new law that will take effect in July, according to a local news report.

June 18, 2014

A survey co-released Wednesday by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and the National Coalition on Healthcare reveals that 8-in-10 healthcare providers have serious concerns about a proposed Food and Drug Administration rule on generic drug labeling.

June 17, 2014

Novartis on Tuesday announced that it had submitted a biologic license application to the Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval for the use of Bexsero.

June 17, 2014

As the heroin and opioid epidemic spreads through communities across the United States, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will hold a forum on Wednesday to discuss opioid addiction, focusing on the use of buprenorphine to help combat opioid abuse and the obstacles that have prevented even more patients from getting buprenorphine treatment. 


June 16, 2014

The United States comes in last when it comes to healthcare quality, despite it coming first in spending, according to a new report published Monday by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation whose goal, according to its website, is "to promote a high-performing healthcare system."

June 13, 2014

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that teen smoking, drinking and sexual activity have declined.

June 13, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Thursday announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware finding Bristol-Myers Squibb's entecavir compound claim of U.S. Patent No. 5,206,244 invalid.

June 12, 2014

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by full committee vice chair Marsha Blackburn to address the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse epidemic.

June 10, 2014

Canada’s Federal court ruled recently that the country’s Patented Medicine Prices Review Board – a federal tribunal that regulates pricing on branded medicines – could not extend price control measures to cover generic drug companies.

June 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration last week published an interim final rule to further safeguard the health of infants fed infant formula in the United States.

June 10, 2014

In an effort to help ensure clean waterways, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.

June 10, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced an agreement between New York State and GW Pharmaceuticals to develop clinical trials using an active ingredient derived from the marijuana plant to help treat children diagnosed with epilepsy who suffer from seizures and other medical complications.

June 10, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday signed executive order 2014-04K authorizing licensed pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to individuals 18 years and older in order to provide those adults who have not yet received this vaccination with additional opportunities to obtain the MMR vaccine.

June 9, 2014

BioDelivery Sciences International on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved its new drug application for Bunavail (buprenorphine and naloxone) buccal film (CIII).

June 9, 2014

Teva on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved an expanded label for Azilect (rasagiline tablets) from monotherapy and adjunct to levodopa to now include dopamine agonists.

June 9, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week issued a policy paper, "A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure," which outlines the government's pledge to support interoperable electronic health records to most Americans.

June 9, 2014

A report published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report characterized the 2013-2014 influenza season as the first season since 2009 that H1N1 generated fewer levels of outpatient illness and mortality as compared with seasons when influenza A (H3N2) is predominant.

June 6, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated a health advisory, recommending an inactivated poliovirus booster for adults traveling to countries with an active wild polio virus in circulation.

June 6, 2014

The Senate confirmed former Walmart executive Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday by a vote of 78-17, according to several reports.

June 6, 2014

Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Wednesday announced that it has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its new drug application for Vogelxo (testosterone) gel for topical use CIII.

June 4, 2014

The Deparment of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced the availability of up to $300 million under the Affordable Care Act to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision services.

June 3, 2014

Indian drug maker Wockhardt has been charged by the Food and Drug Administration with utilizing the same unapproved method to test drug quality in its Morton Grove, Ill., facility as two facilities in India, both of which were subsequently banned from importing into the United States,the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

June 2, 2014

Mylan announced on Monday that it has entered into a settlement and license agreement with Pfizer relating to Mylan's abbreviated new drug application filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for celecoxib capsules in 50-mg, 100-mg, 200-mg and 400-mg strengths.

June 2, 2014

In North Dakota, a proposed ballot measure is on the table that, if approved, would repeal a 50-year-old section of state law that requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists who are licensed in North Dakota, according to a local news report.