November 13, 2013

The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee highlighted the human tragedy wrought by last year's fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated injectable steroids as he spoke in favor of a new law that would regulate compounding pharmacies and also implement federal track-and-trace policies for drugs during a recent speech.

November 8, 2013

The Senate this past week heard legislation that would reverse the provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandating a prescription on the sale of an over-the-counter medicine being paid for through a flexible spending account. All those in the retail pharmacy industry are staunch supporters of the legislation.

And that's because retail pharmacy gets it. It's not about the sales — has anyone ever heard of a consumer who decided not to purchase a pain reliever or cough syrup because it wasn't an eligible FSA purchase without a trip to their doctor? No. That person doesn't exist — they'll buy the same amount of OTCs to cure what's ailing them with an FSA as without an FSA. No, it's about the value inherent within OTCs. It's about tapping into that value to the benefit of both consumers and overall health care.

November 7, 2013

New Senate legislation introduced Tuesday that would restore consumers’ ability to use pre-tax dollars from flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines without first seeing a doctor has been jointly endorsed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

October 22, 2013

The state Senate of Pennsylvania will vote on a bill to curb misuse of prescription drugs, according to published reports.

October 15, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association Tuesday morning spelled out its public policy agenda — including the push to get H.R. 3204, The Drug Quality and Security Act, enacted — and expressed optimism for the future of community pharmacy during a media briefing held in conjunction with NCPA’s 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Orlando, Fla.

October 8, 2013

A Republican congressman from Alabama has proposed a stopgap bill that would fund the Food and Drug Administration through the middle of December or until the government shutdown ends, though it is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

October 7, 2013

State representatives in Massachusetts have unanimously passed a bill that would allow patients to check the safety records of compounding pharmacies there, according to published reports.

September 30, 2013

The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Saturday added its voice supporting national pharmaceutical traceability legislation (Drug Quality and Security Act/H.R. 3204).

September 27, 2013

A bill designed to strengthen the security of the drug supply chain by creating an electronic track-and-trace system and national standards for sterile pharmacy compounding has attracted support from trade groups representing independent pharmacies and generic drug makers.

September 26, 2013

CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic on Thursday officially announced the opening of its first walk-in medical clinic in Hawaii at the Longs Drug store on South King Street in Honolulu near the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

September 26, 2013

Legislation to allow the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen its regulatory powers over compounding pharmacies is expected to pass both houses of Congress after committees agreed on it Thursday, according to published reports.

September 25, 2013

A bill under consideration by the Senate could force more than 40% of compounding pharmacies to abandon compounding, according to a new survey.

September 10, 2013

The country's embryonic biosimilars industry scored a victory last month as the organization that runs the pension fund for California state employees announced its opposition to a state Senate bill provision that would impose special requirements on pharmacists who dispense follow-on biologics.

August 27, 2013

Lawmakers in California have passed a bill that would restrict the use of follow-on versions of biotech drugs known as biosimilars, according to published reports.

August 2, 2013

The Senate was expected to take up a bill designed to secure the drug supply chain and establish a list of "do not compound" medications, but left for recess Friday without voting on it.

July 30, 2013

Big data finds another application and another supporter. Sort of.

The full Senate will shortly take up a new track-and-trace bill (S. 959), which would establish a national system for tracking the pedigree and movement of most pharmaceuticals, from point of manufacture and distribution to the dispensing pharmacy and the patient at the end of the supply chain. The goal: to replace the hodge-podge of different state laws with a single, nationwide track-and-trace system capable of capturing the daily flood of drug production, distribution, dispensing and utilization data and channeling it into an accessible tool by which stakeholders and regulators could secure the pharmaceutical supply chain.

July 26, 2013

A new track-and-trace bill that the Senate is expected to consider would institute a nationwide "track-and-trace" system in place of patchwork state laws with the aim of securing the pharmaceutical supply chain.

July 11, 2013

Legislation introduced in the Senate would coordinate efforts at various levels of government and industry to reduce the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

July 10, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association praised Hawaii elected officials for enacting two new laws that, respectively, will give the state’s residents greater choice of where to fill their prescriptions and additional medical privacy protections.

June 24, 2013

A White House trade policy leader has been appointed as U.S. Trade Representative.

June 21, 2013

A bill passed by the New York state legislature will require baby boomers visiting healthcare providers to be offered a hepatitis C screening.

May 21, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that, in written statements submitted for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committee hearings this week, it noted the essential role of community pharmacy in the success of the 10-year-old Medicare Part D prescription drug program and urged program enhancements focused on the quality and affordability of care.



May 16, 2013

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm a former Virginia Health and Human Services secretary as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

May 13, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation into law that will allow patients using prescription eye drops to get early refills in order to prevent interruptions in therapy.