For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.
The National Association of Chain Drugs Stores celebrated Albertsons/Safeway and Kinney Drugs for the companies’ political advocacy and grassroots activities at NACDS Total Store Expo, Friday evening at the NACDS Political Involvement reception.
Starting Oct. 1, under the revised rules, TRICARE beneficiaries who regularly take certain brand-name medication will have to get their prescriptions filled at a military treatment facility or through a mail-in program.
The August Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, which was released Thursday, found that bipartisan majorities of the public are in favor of lowering the costs of prescription drugs, and that opinions of the Affordable Care Act remain "largely unchanged."
Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon B. Johnson secured his place in history by signing into law the legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid. It was a landmark in the nation’s social and political development and an evolutionary leap for community pharmacy.
With the expansion of coverage to millions of more Americans in the years since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented, access to care is becoming more strained than ever before, seemingly creating more interest among payers, insurers, health systems and patients in the use of retail clinics.
Over the past 15 years, studies have indicated how different America will look in the future — in 2020, 2040, 2050 and beyond. However, the United States isn’t on the brink of change. It has indeed already changed well beyond demographics, and the cultural shift that we are now witnessing will continue as a defining part of the landscape and future of the nation.
Hikma Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday announced its acquisition of Roxane Laboratories and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane (together, “Roxane” — an American specialty generics company) from Boehringer Ingelheim for about $2.65 billion.
The National Association of Chain Stores commented this week on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed regulations guiding the use of managed care in Medicaid and in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Drug Store News spoke with Betsy Walker, Community Relations director at Cardinal Health, about its medication-abuse prevention program, GenerationRx, as it launched its new branding and website initiatives.
More and more, the success of any healthcare delivery model in the United States will depend on the ability of all members of a patient-care team — physicians, pharmacists, hospital systems and health plan payers included — to collaborate effectively on a longterm plan of care that’s focused on successful outcomes and disease prevention.