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. 

January 20, 2016

As a part of their new enhancements, PrescribeWellness is now offering their customers the use of text reminders to patients with prescriptions ready for pick-up and patients with pre-set appointments.

January 14, 2016

Last year, CRN’s members formed a Product Transparency Working Group to address ways the association and the industry could better assist regulators in their efforts to police the industry and protect the public. 

January 14, 2016

Anna McDermott-Vitak, who was most recently Amgen’s executive director of global government affairs, has experience in product development, investor relations, government affairs,

January 13, 2016

President Barack Obama's nominee for commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Robert Califf - was approved by the Senate HELP Committee Tuesday, according to a report published by ABC News. But it's not necessarily smooth sailing from here. At least two senators are expected to place a hold on the nomination, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. "Sanders has said the country needs an FDA commissioner who will stand up to the pharmaceutical industry and that Califf is 'not that person.'" (ABC News)

January 11, 2016

The latest Dietary Guidelines identified calcium, potassium, dietary fiber and vitamin D as nutrients of public health concern because low intakes are associated with health concerns.

January 11, 2016

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced that Larry Sabato would address the organization’s Political Action Committee breakfast at its 2016 Annual Meeting. 

January 6, 2016

This group of drugs made up 47% of all approvals in 2015, making it the year that the most orphan drugs were approved in FDA history. 

January 6, 2016

According to statistics compiled by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 37.5 million adults aged 18 and older in America report some form of hearing loss. 

January 6, 2016

The bill would grant pharmacists the legal protection to decline potentially illegitimate sales of PSE products that lack meth-resistant features where appropriate.

January 6, 2016

Look for highly targeted, biologically engineered drug therapies and a more integrated, teamwork-driven and evidence-based approach to medication therapy to dominate the pharmacy landscape in 2016.

January 4, 2016

In the 20 years since the establishment of the dietary supplement program, the dietary supplement industry has grown from about $6 billion to more than $35 billion in annual sales, FDA reported. 

January 4, 2016
A total of 24 Republicans and 20 Democrats, including a total of 11 members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, shared their support of retail pharmacy as qualified MTM providers. 
January 4, 2016

Forbes on Monday reported the formation of a coalition known as "The Patient Access to Pharmacists' Care Coalition," which is advocating Medicare reimbursement for senior immunizations. "Our immunization program continues to demonstrate the important role our 27,000 pharmacists are playing in healthcare delivery today, providing greater access than ever before to a wide range of CDC-recommended vaccines, as well as other important, preventive healthcare services," Walgreens said in a statement. (Forbes

December 30, 2015

DSN examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of generics, specialty pharmacy and top trends, in this multi-page report.

December 30, 2015

Lupin in late December received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its Fyavolv (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol) tablets, the generic version of Warner Chilcott's Femhrt tablets.

December 28, 2015

Food and Drug Administration approved the company's famotidine tablets to treat gastroesophageal reflux diesease and active duodenal ulcer.

December 23, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced that it approved AstraZeneca's Zurampic (lesinurad) to treat high levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) associated with gout, when combined with a xanthine oxidase inhibitor.

December 23, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Actelion Pharmaceutivals' Uptravi (selexipag) tablets to treat adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

December 17, 2015
The bill, of which there is a version in the Senate and House of Representatives, looks to make it possible for Medicare beneficiaries to use the pharmacy of their choice in a medically underserved area if it is willing to accept Medicare’s contract terms. 
December 17, 2015

The percent of teens abuse of over-the-counter cough medicine containing dextromethorphan to get high remains at 3%, according to the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey.

December 14, 2015

The dietary supplement industry stands in support of FDA taking enforcement action against misbranded and adulterated products.