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September 30, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Monday unveiled the Insurance Exchange webpage to help pharmacy staff respond to and engage patients about the new insurance marketplaces.

September 30, 2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation to prohibit pharmacies and stores from selling dextromethorphan to any person younger than 18 years unless they have a prescription.

September 30, 2013

Most consumers have "no" or "a little bit" of knowledge about the health insurance marketplaces set to open on Tuesday, according to a new survey.

September 27, 2013

Becton, Dickinson and Co. is partnering with the World Health Organization in an effort to address maternal and newborn mortality, BD said Friday.

September 27, 2013

A bill designed to strengthen the security of the drug supply chain by creating an electronic track-and-trace system and national standards for sterile pharmacy compounding has attracted support from trade groups representing independent pharmacies and generic drug makers.

September 27, 2013

ScriptPro's Central Pharmacy Management System Point of Sale can now interface with a real-time system for tracking and controlling OTC products that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

September 26, 2013

Flu vaccination coverage in children increased dramatically during the last season, with smaller increases in coverage among adults, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 26, 2013

Legislation to allow the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen its regulatory powers over compounding pharmacies is expected to pass both houses of Congress after committees agreed on it Thursday, according to published reports.

September 25, 2013

A bill under consideration by the Senate could force more than 40% of compounding pharmacies to abandon compounding, according to a new survey.

September 25, 2013

Next year, 7 million people will be using health insurance marketplaces, and that figure will nearly quadruple in five years, according to a coalition of cancer-focused organizations.

September 25, 2013

Foods must carry gluten content of less than 20 parts per million in order to carry the label "gluten-free," according to a new regulation issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

September 25, 2013

Mylan is challenging the patent protection on a drug used to treat fibromyalgia, prompting a lawsuit from the branded drug's manufacturers.

September 25, 2013

Looking into a company masquerading adulterated pharmaceuticals as miracle dietary supplements branded Reumofan, USA Today investigative journalists traveled as far as Mexico to find those responsible.

September 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new dosage strength for a chronic pain patch made by Purdue Pharma, the drug maker said Tuesday.

September 24, 2013

A decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to resolve conflicts that arose when it issued regulations under a law that establishes privacy rules for health information technology has drawn applause from a specialty pharmacy organization.

September 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for psoriatic arthritis, the company said Monday.

September 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Perrigo Co. for treating heart disease, the company said Monday.

September 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration will not enforce regulatory requirements for most mobile medical apps because they "post minimal risk to consumers," the agency said Monday.

September 20, 2013

Specialty infusion pharmacy company Biomed Pharmaceuticals has named Craig Mears as SVP sales and marketing, the company said Friday.

September 20, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign produced more than 150,000 additional calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a number that links callers to their state quitlines, according to a report in last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

September 20, 2013

Perrigo Co. has hired a former Food and Drug Administration official for its regulatory department, the drug maker said.

September 20, 2013

Only half of the uninsured Americans expected to gain health coverage next year will do so due to a Supreme Court decision that allows states to decide individually whether to expand Medicaid coverage to the poor under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to published reports.

September 19, 2013

A trade group for the generic pharmaceutical industry is hoping the Food and Drug Administration will allow biosimilars to share the same generic names as their branded biologic counterparts, saying that giving biosimilars their own generic names would not enhance safety.

September 19, 2013

As the pharmacy profession marks American Pharmacists Month in October, its drive to achieve full recognition and status for pharmacists as health providers continues to gain momentum.

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