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The publication of the draft guidance means that stakeholders can now comment for 60 days after Jan. 18 in order for comments to be considered before the final version of the guidance is written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

January 11, 2017

CHPA has developed a three-prong strategy in combating DXM abuse, which includes connecting to parents and teens on awareness efforts and galvanizing the industry to restrict the sale of DXM products to adults.

January 11, 2017

OTC medicine eligibility in tax-preferred accounts was removed in 2011 as one of the first-implemented provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

January 11, 2017

So far, H3N2 has been the predominant influenza strain, and H3N2-predominant seasons have been associated with more severe illness and higher mortality, especially in older people and young children.

January 10, 2017

CRN suggested that strong recommendations from government agencies advocating supplementation should pave the way to include multivitamins with folic acid within all government nutrition programs, including SNAP.

January 9, 2017

As probiotics are quickly gaining popularity, the new industry guidelines are designed to ensure probiotic manufacturers can consistently create high-quality products in which consumers can be confident.

January 6, 2017

A total of seven companies were selected for testing of online ordering in pilot states.

January 6, 2017

The number of drugs the FDA approved last year, 22, is less than half of the 45 approved in 2015 and lower than the average of the last 10 years of approvals, which is 29. 

January 4, 2017

DSN associate editor David Salazar examines the state of the pharmacy industry in this multi-page report.