Preliminary injunctive relief denied in WAG/ESI dispute
DEERFIELD, Ill. — According to a statement issued by Walgreens Wednesday morning, the arbitrator in the Express Scripts/Walgreens suit issued a ruling Sunday denying the parties’ requests for preliminary injunctive relief.
The arbitrator will consider the underlying merits of the parties’ claims at a future date, Walgreens reported.
Express Scripts filed suit against the Chicago-based pharmacy on Sept. 7, seeking relief from Walgreens’ informing patients that the Walgreens pharmacy base will not be part of the Express Scripts pharmacy network at the top of the year, and that Walgreens has been working toward keeping those patients.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Sept. 15 ruled that the suit will be halted pending private arbitration.
According to a District Court filing Tuesday, an initial status hearing is set before magistrate judge Maria Valdez on Nov. 3.
NACDS to Senate: Prevent move to ‘personal importation’ of prescription drugs
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An amendment to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that would prohibit the FDA from preventing an individual not in the business of importing a prescription drug from importing prescription drugs from Canada, has sparked concern with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
In a letter to U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., NACDS urged the U.S. Senate to consider the patient safety consequences of allowing "personal importation" of prescription drugs and to refrain from moving to such a system through an amendment to the legislation that allocates funds to the FDA.
"NACDS shares your goal of reducing the cost of prescription drugs," NACDS wrote. "However, we do not believe that consumer safety can be ensured under a prescription drug reimportation system. In addition to questions concerning the safety and effectiveness of imported drugs, individuals who obtain medications through personal importation are less likely to benefit from the professional services of their local licensed pharmacist. Prescription drug misuse and nonadherence accounts for as much as $290 billion dollars annually; therefore, it is more important than ever to foster relationships between patients and pharmacists.
"Additionally, NACDS is very concerned about the growing problem of illegal Internet drug sellers. Your amendment would allow for re-imported drugs to be sold over such websites, yet illegitimate websites are not pharmacies, and are not licensed in the United States. They often ship unapproved, counterfeit, mislabeled or adulterated products presenting serious health and safety concerns. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you on developing policy solutions that target these illegitimate drug sellers at chokepoints and construct appropriate barriers to the illicit activities."
As alternatives for helping to reduce healthcare costs, NACDS urged support for S. 274, the Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2011, which it believes would improve Medicare’s utilization of pharmacist-patient interactions to help patients take medications appropriately, and S.1356, the Affordable Medicines Utilization Act, which would encourage states to increase Medicaid generic dispensing rates.
Glad ‘trashes’ excess plastic for more green product
NEW YORK — Glad wants consumers to waste less by making its tall kitchen trash bags more green.
Glad said that its tall kitchen bags are stronger and use less plastic, and will carry the claims on its packaging. The brand’s Glad tall kitchen bags and Glad OdorShield Fresh Scents tall kitchen drawstring bags utilize 6.5% less plastic, the company said. What’s more, Glad also touts a 65% recycled kitchen bag, made from 65% recycled plastic, as well as compostable bags that are made with approximately 40% vegetable-based materials so they disintegrate at compost facilities.
Glad products are available at retailers nationwide.