February 12, 2014

A Medicare proposed rule change limiting the number of prescription drug plans that insurers may offer in the Part D market could require 39% of all enhanced plans to be eliminated in 2016, according to an analysis from Avalere Health that was released Wednesday.

February 12, 2014

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies currently are developing 180 new medicines to help the nearly 400 million people who have diabetes worldwide, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America announced Tuesday.

February 12, 2014

A coalition of associations representing supplement manufacturers on Tuesday expressed their support of the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

February 11, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association announced its support of Georgia SB 370, introduced by pharmacist and Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Ga. District 1, because it will allow unimpeded patient access to interchangeable biologics.

February 11, 2014

Adults older than 55 years with heart disease would realize individual healthcare savings if they supplemented with omega-3 dietary supplements, according to a report released Tuesday titled "Smart Prevention-Health Care Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements.”

February 10, 2014

BooginHead, a supplier of parent-invented products, has announced the release of Squeez'Ems reusable pouches in two new designs.

February 7, 2014

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association joined forces to honor Chesterfield, Va.-based Substance Abuse Free Environment with this year’s Dose of Prevention award.

February 7, 2014

Dietary supplement users take supplement products as just one component of a larger effort to develop a healthier lifestyle, according to a newly published review in Nutrition Journal, a peer-reviewed scientific publication.

February 7, 2014

In a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the GAO found that the total draft federal upper limits amount based on the new formula under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was about 1.4% lower than the total National Average Drug Acquisition Cost amount in aggregate for 1,035 outpatient drugs subject to the FUL in first quarter 2013.

February 7, 2014

Several retail pharmacy chains and associations are pledging their support of the Blue Button Initiative — a public-private partnership between the healthcare industry and the federal government that aims to empower all Americans with access to their own electronic health information, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have announced.

February 7, 2014

The National Retail Federation calculated that retail employment was down 21,600 jobs in January 2014, yet up 230,000 jobs year-over-year. December retail employment figures were revised up to a gain of 57,000 jobs.

February 7, 2014

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce welcomed Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals to its family of corporate members as a strategic partner.

February 6, 2014

Costco on Thursday reported net sales of $8 billion for the four weeks ended Feb. 2, representing an increase of 6% percent from the similar four-week period last year.

February 6, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule on prescription drug labeling would add $4 billion annually to the nation’s healthcare costs, undercutting the cost savings that generic medicines have brought to America’s patients and healthcare system, according to an analysis released Wednesday by economic consulting firm Matrix Global Advisors.

February 6, 2014

Retail industry sales — which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants — will increase 4.1% in 2014, up from the preliminary 3.7% growth seen in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation. The association’s 2014 economic forecast, released Thursday, calls for online sales to grow between 9% and 12%.

February 6, 2014

As the interest in telemedicine programs continues to grow, a recent Rand study found that people who are younger, more affluent and do not have established healthcare relationships are more likely to use a telemedicine program that allows patients to get medical help for acute ailments — including prescriptions — by talking to a doctor over the telephone.

February 5, 2014

The Seahawks got a surprise from Coca-Cola when they returned to clean out their lockers at their training facilities.

February 5, 2014

February marks the launch of the third annual Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a month-long, intercollegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty.

February 4, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition promoted Douglas “Duffy” MacKay to SVP scientific and regulatory affairs, effective immediately.

February 4, 2014

Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, last week introduced bipartisan legislation — the Preventing Abuse of Cough Medicine Treatment Act — that would help combat the abuse of dextromethorphan by placing an age restriction on its purchase.

February 4, 2014

Total beauty sales within the U.S. mass channel rose 1% in 2013, versus 2012, with makeup experiencing the greatest growth at 2%, according to the NPD Group, citing IRI data.

February 4, 2014

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Tuesday announced a partnership with the National Institutes of Health that will help spur drug development, the association stated.

February 3, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Monday identified its key priorities for 2014 — guarding against confusion a proposed labeling change would cause; gaining access to biosimilar generics; and heralding the cost savings generated by generic utilization.

February 3, 2014

HIT policy needs to focus on specific goals for improving patient medication adherence in order to realize the goals of improving patient health and achieving cost savings in the U.S. healthcare system.