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. 

December 10, 2015

Raymond Kerins, Jr., who joined Bayer in 2013 after serving in senior executive positions at Pfizer and Merck, is a veteran communications and government relations professional. 

December 10, 2015

Newport Trial Group, a California law firm with a reputation for filing class action suits against dietary supplement companies, is being sued for "malicious prosecution and violations of federal racketeering laws" and for paying individuals to pose as injured parties, according to a report Wednesday from Nutra Ingredients USA. "On information and belief, defendants NTG have unlawfully obtained more than $300 million through their lawsuits, much of which can be linked to NTG's scheme to fabricate lawsuits identified in this complaint," the lawsuit reads. (Nutra Ingredients USA)

 

 

 

December 10, 2015

As the Senate investigates the impact of the rising costs of generics, organizations like the National Community Pharmacists Association are weighing in on the debate. The Generic Pharmaceutical Association commented Wednesday on the hearings and what proposed changes mean for the industry.

December 10, 2015

The NCPA pointed out that its recent survey of pharmacists found that from their perspective, generic price spikes have gotten worst since they last conducted a survey in 2013 and are affecting both pharmacists and patients. 

December 9, 2015

DSN examines chain pharmacy, including in-depth coverage of generics, technology, automation, prescription drug home delivery services and Web-based diabetes monitoring, in this multi-page report.

December 8, 2015

He joins GPhA at a time that president and CEO Chip Davis called one of “unprecedented opportunities and challenges for the generic drug industry.”