February 6, 2017

NACDS leadership also urges attendees to take part in RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill next month.

February 3, 2017

Overall, 88% of Americans believe that the benefits of inoculations, specifically MMR vaccines, outweigh the risks, the Pew Research Center reported.

February 3, 2017

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has announced leadership changes to some of its advocacy efforts as longtime SVP advocacy Jeff Bond is set to retire. 

February 2, 2017

Generics have made a huge difference to the U.S. healthcare system’s bottom line in the past decade, a savings that takes 13 figures to tabulate.

February 2, 2017

As 2016 drew to a close, the Food and Drug Administration gave a gift of sorts to drug makers looking to submit to the agency an application for approval of a biosimilar drug when it issued its final guidance, “Clinical Pharmacology Data to Support a Demonstration of Biosimilarity to a Reference Product.”

February 2, 2017

DSN associate editor David Salazar examines the state of the pharmacy industry, including generics, automation and technology, in this multi-page report.

 

January 31, 2017

Sunshine State News is reporting that U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., have introduced the Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act, which is aimed at encouraging generics makers to develop generics of products with little or no competition, or for drugs that are in short supply. The bill calls for the creation of a Priority Review Voucher for generics applications filed for drugs that have no current competition. The bill was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Monday, and eight representatives have signed on. (Sunshine State News)

January 31, 2017

Executives from several the pharmaceutical industry convened at the White House Tuesday for a meeting with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. 

January 26, 2017

CRN partnered with BrandHive, a Utah-based marketing agency with  more than 20 years experience in the dietary supplement industry, to develop the media buy for the advertising campaign.

January 26, 2017

If the Walgreens-Rite Aid deal is not extended, Walgreens may need to forfeit a $325 million termination fee, analysts noted.

January 26, 2017

"At this time, we are actively engaged in discussion with Rite Aid regarding how to proceed," Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina told shareholders. "These discussions include taking into account anything that is required to gain approval."

January 24, 2017

The proposed $37 billion merger between Aetna and Humana hits a roadblock with a ruling from a federal judge in a lawsuit between the companies and the federal government. 

January 24, 2017

The bill reached impressive levels of bipartisan support in the prior Congress, with half of the Senate and two-thirds of the U.S. House of Representatives co-sponsoring the measure.

January 20, 2017

Newly elected President Donald Trump lists six top issues, but health care is not one of them.

January 19, 2017

The percentage of Americans who approve of Obamacare reached its highest level of 48%, but nearly an equal number disapprove.

January 19, 2017

"There are already a number of laws ... that help to fight the meth problem in Michigan," CHPA stated, "including the NLPE which serve as strong barriers to meth makers [obtaining] PSE."

January 18, 2017

Bayer AG has joined a host of companies, including General Motors, Hyundai and Walmart,  that have pledged to either keep or create jobs in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The Journal cited Trump transition team spokesman Sean Spicer, who said Bayer’s decision was the result of “the president-elect’s focus on creating a better business climate here in the United States.” Bayer is currently seeking regulatory approval for its planned $57 billion purchase of seed maker Monsanto, and committed research investments and "several thousand" new high-tech positions in the U.S. once that deal is successfully completed. (The Wall Street Journal)

 

January 17, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, NCPA asked its members to rank legislative priorities. For the 115th Congress, the top three concerns are DIR fees, generic pricing transparency and any willing provider provision.

January 17, 2017

The publication of the draft guidance means that stakeholders can now comment for 60 days after Jan. 18 in order for comments to be considered before the final version of the guidance is written

January 13, 2017

The House has followed the Senate’s lead and passed a budget resolution to draft a repeal bill that could overhaul or repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

January 13, 2017

According to the NCPA 2016 Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health, approximately 1,800 rural independent pharmacies serve as the only pharmacy provider in their community, with the next closest pharmacy miles away.

January 13, 2017

The provider status bill would allow underserved Medicare patients to receive certain services from pharmacists, in states in which pharmacists already are permitted to administer the functions.

January 12, 2017

GNC and Walmart are joining Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods on the development of a retailer driven and consumer focused Industry Leadership Group, the Natural Products Association reported.
 

January 12, 2017

NCPA recommended Congprescription drug coverage as an essential benefit to help reduce overall health costs and maintain a pharmacy network that includes meaningful access to retail pharmacies.