June 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration last week published an interim final rule to further safeguard the health of infants fed infant formula in the United States.

June 10, 2014

In an effort to help ensure clean waterways, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.

June 10, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced an agreement between New York State and GW Pharmaceuticals to develop clinical trials using an active ingredient derived from the marijuana plant to help treat children diagnosed with epilepsy who suffer from seizures and other medical complications.

June 10, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday signed executive order 2014-04K authorizing licensed pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to individuals 18 years and older in order to provide those adults who have not yet received this vaccination with additional opportunities to obtain the MMR vaccine.

June 9, 2014

BioDelivery Sciences International on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved its new drug application for Bunavail (buprenorphine and naloxone) buccal film (CIII).

June 9, 2014

Teva on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved an expanded label for Azilect (rasagiline tablets) from monotherapy and adjunct to levodopa to now include dopamine agonists.

June 9, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week issued a policy paper, "A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure," which outlines the government's pledge to support interoperable electronic health records to most Americans.

June 9, 2014

A report published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report characterized the 2013-2014 influenza season as the first season since 2009 that H1N1 generated fewer levels of outpatient illness and mortality as compared with seasons when influenza A (H3N2) is predominant.

June 6, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated a health advisory, recommending an inactivated poliovirus booster for adults traveling to countries with an active wild polio virus in circulation.

June 6, 2014

The Senate confirmed former Walmart executive Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday by a vote of 78-17, according to several reports.

June 6, 2014

Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Wednesday announced that it has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its new drug application for Vogelxo (testosterone) gel for topical use CIII.

June 4, 2014

The Deparment of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced the availability of up to $300 million under the Affordable Care Act to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision services.

June 3, 2014

Indian drug maker Wockhardt has been charged by the Food and Drug Administration with utilizing the same unapproved method to test drug quality in its Morton Grove, Ill., facility as two facilities in India, both of which were subsequently banned from importing into the United States,the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

June 2, 2014

Mylan announced on Monday that it has entered into a settlement and license agreement with Pfizer relating to Mylan's abbreviated new drug application filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for celecoxib capsules in 50-mg, 100-mg, 200-mg and 400-mg strengths.

June 2, 2014

In North Dakota, a proposed ballot measure is on the table that, if approved, would repeal a 50-year-old section of state law that requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists who are licensed in North Dakota, according to a local news report.

June 2, 2014

After CVS Caremark was given the green light to open MinuteClinics in Rhode Island — with imposed conditions — the state’s Department of Health has now revised its ruling and dropped some key conditions.

May 30, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced on Friday that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has denied a motion filed by Mylan and issued an opinion and order affirming a decision by the FDA under which Teva should receive sole 180-day “first-to-file” exclusivity for generic Celebrex (celecoxib) 100-, 200- and 400-mg capsules.

May 29, 2014

Depomed on Wednesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has accepted for filing a new drug application from Mallinckrodt for MNK-155.

May 29, 2014

Louisiana became the sixth state to prohibit minors from purchasing over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan as Gov. Bobby Jindal signed HB 514 into law.

May 28, 2014

Actavis on Tuesday confirmed that it has filed an abbreviated new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration seeking approval to market saxagliptin hydrochloride tablets, 2.5 mg and 5 mg.

May 28, 2014

As a key Congressional committee is set to consider legislation to help identify solutions for prescription drug abuse while preserving patients’ legitimate access to needed medications, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to the bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce committees’ Health subcommittee affirming support for this effort, NACDS has announced.

May 28, 2014

Sanofi and Eli Lilly and Co. on Wednesday announced an agreement to pursue regulatory approval of nonprescription Cialis (tadalafil).

May 27, 2014

Aurobindo Pharma on May 15 gained approval to produce a generic version of olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets in 5-mg, 10-mg, 15-mg and 20-mg strengths.

May 27, 2014

The mere phrase “malpractice lawsuit” has struck fear in the hearts of many healthcare providers, and for good reason.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011 estimated that by age 65 years, most physicians (75% in low-risk specialties and 99% in high-risk specialties) will have faced a malpractice claim.