April 29, 2016

Georgia is the last state in the southeast to adopt NPLEx, as all of its neighboring states – South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina – adopted the system in previous years.

April 28, 2016

CMS' final rule includes an NACDS-backed provision to strengthen patient access to care.

April 26, 2016

By combining all of the necessary blood glucose testing supplies into a convenient, self-contained 10-test cartridge, POGO provides ease of use and discretion for millions of patients.

April 20, 2016

According to the most recent data from the FDA’s Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study, 31.8% of rural, white males 12-17 years of age are either experimenting with, or at-risk for, using smokeless tobacco.

April 20, 2016
“Women, infants and children utilizing the WIC program deserve equal access to and should be allowed to purchase vitamins,” stated Dan Fabricant, CEO and executive director of NPA. 
April 20, 2016

The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 seeks to increase collaboration between health and enforcement bodies on drug abuse solutions.

April 20, 2016

Since being hired by the UFC in 2015, Jeff Novitzky has crafted and implemented the strictest drug-testing program in professional sports conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

April 15, 2016

A new bill looks to push the FDA into rewriting a guidance on generic drug and biosimilar naming by withholding funding unless it meets Congress’ requests. 

April 14, 2016

DSN examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of specialty pharmacy, orphan drugs and biosimilars, in this multi-page report.

 

April 14, 2016

In 2015, the OGD granted 580 approvals and 146 tentative approvals, including 99 in December alone – the largest number of drug approvals given out in a single month. 

April 13, 2016

Biologic medications — nine of which were among the Food and Drug Administration’s approvals in 2015 — constitute a big portion of the specialty market.

April 13, 2016

The legislation, advocated by both retail pharmacy and the pharma industry, would advance collaboration among health and enforcement authorities to achieve drug abuse solutions that maintain patients’ legitimate access to medications.

April 13, 2016
CRN has formed a working group to resolve the specifics of the product registry, which is anticipated will contain multiple tiers of product information.
April 13, 2016

In February, CEO Update named National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson Trade Association CEO of the Year. DSN looks at some of the more important work accomplished by NACDS under Anderson’s leadership.

April 13, 2016

In the last two years, the FDA has broken its record for the approval of orphan drugs to treat diseases that affect 200,000 or fewer people.

April 13, 2016

It’s no secret that the category of drugs drawing the most attention — and money — in recent years has been specialty pharmacy.

April 7, 2016

The letter points out that copay increases place financial burdens on TRICARE beneficiaries and restrict patient access. In addition, restricting patient access could adversely impact medication compliance and actually increase health costs. 

April 6, 2016

In connection with the termination of the merger agreement, Pfizer has agreed to pay Allergan $150 million for reimbursement of expenses associated with the transaction.

April 5, 2016

FDA warning letters barring the sale of products containing methylsynephrine  were welcomed by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, which represents dietary supplmement manufacturers and suppliers. 

April 3, 2016

According to the 2015 National Institute on Drug Abuse’s annual Monitoring the Future survey, one in 30 teens abuses OTC cough medicine containing DXM to get high.

March 31, 2016

The complaint alleges that Endo paid Impax Laboratories and Watson Laboratories, which were the first companies to file for FDA approval for generics of Endo’s Opana ER and Lidoderm, to delay their generic product launches. 

March 28, 2016

Last month, the CDC reported preliminary overall influenza vaccine effectiveness of 59% this season. 

March 28, 2016

The fifth edition of this special Rx-Impact report — inserted in headquarter copies of this issue of DSN and delivered to all current members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate — is meant to help educate lawmakers on the important role community pharmacy plays as the face of health care in neighborhoods all across America, helping to lower the cost of health care, improving patient access, advancing the quality of care and ultimately delivering better outcomes.

March 25, 2016

More than 1.8 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the nine-week-long 2014 Tips From Former Smokers ( Tips ) campaign.