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September 22, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a manufacturing plan for a drug to treat...

EMERYVILLE, Calif. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a manufacturing plan for a drug to treat hot flashes in menopausal women.

 

Bionovo said Thursday that the FDA had accepted its chemistry, manufacturing and controls plan for the drug Menerba. The decisions and agreements are considered binding on the company and the FDA.

 

 

September 22, 2010

The independent pharmacy and pharmacy benefit management industries both praised new efforts by Congress and...

September 21, 2010

Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, unveiled a...

WASHINGTON Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, unveiled a new website on Wednesday -- HealthReformReport.com -- dedicated to providing “real facts, trusted analysis” with news about how the new federal healthcare law impacts individuals, doctors, businesses, hospitals, insurers and others.

September 21, 2010

Teva filed a complaint against a generic drug maker this week, asserting four patents for...

JERUSALEM Teva filed a complaint against a generic drug maker this week, asserting four patents for its multiple sclerosis drug are being infringed.

September 14, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Wednesday issued a statement to the House...

September 12, 2010

When President Barack Obama signed an emergency federal spending bill Aug. 13, it gave cash-strapped...

September 12, 2010

Starting Monday, K-V Pharmaceutical will ship its first product since it withdrew several products in...

ST. LOUIS Starting Monday, K-V Pharmaceutical will ship its first product since it withdrew several products in 2008 and 2009 due to manufacturing problems, the drug maker said.

K-V said the Food and Drug Administration had given it approval to ship its Micro-K potassium chloride product following the completion of inspections of its manufacturing plant.

September 8, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 8 unveiled CuidadoDeSalud.gov, a website designed to...

WASHINGTON The Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 8 unveiled CuidadoDeSalud.gov, a website designed to help Hispanic consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable healthcare coverage.

Consistent with the mandate in the Affordable Care Act to provide consumers with information and resources to make informed healthcare decisions, CuidadoDeSalud.gov is the partner site of HealthCare.gov, which was launched in July 2010.

September 6, 2010

The recently installed head of the federal Medicare program is pushing hard to promote new...

WASHINGTON The recently installed head of the federal Medicare program is pushing hard to promote new and more cost-effective ways to treat patients and improve the nation’s health scorecard.

September 2, 2010

National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson and National Community Pharmacists...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson and National Community Pharmacists Association acting EVP and CEO Douglas Hoey issued a statement praising the proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that would withdraw existing provisions of the Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement formula under the average manufacturer price model.

August 30, 2010

More than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries have received prescription drug cost relief through the Affordable...

August 25, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday expanded Medicare coverage of evidence-based tobacco-cessation...

WASHINGTON The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday expanded Medicare coverage of evidence-based tobacco-cessation counseling, removing a barrier to treatment for all tobacco users covered by Medicare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced.

 

August 24, 2010

Retail prices of branded prescription drugs went up by 8.3% in 2009, according to an...

WASHINGTON Retail prices of branded prescription drugs went up by 8.3% in 2009, according to an analysis released Wednesday by AARP.

 

August 24, 2010

More than 3 million older Americans may have to switch to a different Medicare drug...

August 19, 2010

Enactment last week of a supplemental federal spending bill gave cash-strapped states a chance to...

August 12, 2010

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has ruled against drug maker...

INDIANAPOLIS The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has ruled against drug maker Eli Lilly in its patent infringement case against generic drug maker Actavis regarding a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Lilly said.

 

The court ruled that a method-of-use patent covering the drug, Strattera (atomoxetine), was invalid. The patent was set to expire in May 2017.

 

 

August 12, 2010

In these times of trillion-dollar spending bills and massive deficits, $16 billion may not seem...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT In these times of trillion-dollar spending bills and massive deficits, $16 billion may not seem like all that much. But it’s enough to throw another critical lifeline to states coping with the ever-rising costs of Medicaid health assistance to the poor and unemployed –– and to thousands of community pharmacies that have to provide prescription services to those millions of Americans.

August 9, 2010

As elderly patients have found improved coverage of prescription drugs after enrolling in Medicare Part...

August 9, 2010

Moving rapidly to ward off at least one financial threat to millions of Americans and...

August 8, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services will get a funding increase of $250 million...

August 4, 2010

The Senate has passed a measure to extend the federal funding level for state Medicaid...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Senate has passed a measure to extend the federal funding level for state Medicaid programs.

 

The Senate voted 61-39 for the bill, pushed by the retail pharmacy lobby and an extension of the higher federal medical assistance percentage that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The House will vote on the measure next week, and both houses must pass the bill in identical form before it goes to president Obama’s desk.

 

 

August 1, 2010

Duane Reade has opened another walk-in medical center, this time in its flagship Union Square...

July 22, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden and the Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius...

WASHINGTON Vice President Joe Biden and the Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius have announced a pilot program designed to curb diabetes in 15 selected U.S. cities with the help of health-information technology.

July 20, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is moving quickly to establish a working relationship...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is moving quickly to establish a working relationship with newly installed Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald Berwick.

NACDS on Wednesday sent a letter to Berwick, who was tapped by President Obama to serve as the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson urged continued collaboration with CMS on issues related to pharmacy that he said are vital to quality health care and cost reduction.

July 19, 2010

The leader of a group representing the nation’s pharmacy benefit managers responded to a House...