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September 16, 2013

Walgreens on Saturday opened its first drug store on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. U.S.V.I. Gov. John deJongh helped cut the ribbon and open the doors, the Chicago-based retailer reported.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Saturday opened its first drug store on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. U.S.V.I. Gov. John  deJongh helped cut the ribbon and open the doors, the Chicago-based retailer reported.

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.

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 28, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesay applauded Delaware Rep. Rebecca Walker, the Delaware legislature and Gov. Jack Markell for passing and signing House Bill 130, an anti-methamphetamine bill.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesay applauded Delaware Rep. Rebecca Walker, the Delaware legislature and Gov. Jack Markell for passing and signing House Bill 130, an anti-methamphetamine bill. With Governor Markell’s signature, Delaware becomes the 29th state to adopt the pseudoephedrine real-time, stop-sale blocking system known as the National Precursor Log Exchange.

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.

NEW YORK — 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 23, 2013

Walmart displayed a powerful commitment to revitalizing U.S. manufacturing in front of roughly 1,500 supplier company representatives, government and economic development officials, dozens of senior merchants and the company's top executives as they convened Thursday for its first-ever domestic sourcing summit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walmart displayed a powerful commitment to revitalizing U.S. manufacturing in front of roughly 1,500 supplier company representatives, government and economic development officials, dozens of senior merchants and the company's top executives as they convened Thursday for its first-ever domestic sourcing summit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

August 20, 2013

CVS Caremark held a grand opening event on Tuesday at its new mail service pharmacy and customer center in Mt. Prospect, Ill.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark held a grand opening event on Tuesday at its new mail service pharmacy and customer center in Mt. Prospect, Ill.

July 10, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday applauded the Pennsylvania legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett for passage of House Bill 602, legislation requiring real-time, stop-sale technology to enable retailers to block illegal pseudoephedrine purchases at the point of sale.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday applauded the Pennsylvania legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett for passage of House Bill 602, legislation requiring real-time, stop-sale technology to enable retailers to block illegal pseudoephedrine purchases at the point of sale.  

Sponsored by state Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks, the Keystone state is the 29th state to utilize the National Precursor Log Exchange in its fight against the illegal diversion of cold and allergy medicines containing PSE to manufacture methamphetamine.

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.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday 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. NCPA fully supported HB 62 and HB 65, both of which passed the Hawaii House and Senate unanimously and were signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on June 27.

July 3, 2013

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has signed what the National Association of Community Pharmacy has characterized as groundbreaking reform legislation that applies reasonable standards to how pharmacy benefit managers audit community pharmacies, provides increased transparency into generic prescription drug reimbursement and ensures that PBM administrators of prescription drug claims are registered within the state.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has signed what the National Association of Community Pharmacy has characterized as groundbreaking reform legislation that applies reasonable standards to how pharmacy benefit managers audit community pharmacies, provides increased transparency into generic prescription drug reimbursement and ensures that PBM administrators of prescription drug claims are registered within the state.

June 20, 2013

CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo was honored at a June 18 reception held at Providence Public Library for his and the company’s ongoing support of the March of Dimes mission.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo was honored at a June 18 reception held at Providence Public Library for his and the company’s ongoing support of the March of Dimes mission.

June 17, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association commended Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law two significant pieces of legislation in support of Texas small business independent community pharmacies: HB 1358, legislation that provides common sense standards to pharmacy audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers, and SB 1106, which provides transparency in generic maximum allowable costs, or MACs, for Medicaid plans.

 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association commended Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law two significant pieces of legislation in support of Texas small business independent community pharmacies: HB 1358, legislation that provides common sense standards to pharmacy audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers, and SB 1106, which provides transparency in generic maximum allowable costs, or MACs, for Medicaid plans.

June 6, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Thursday applauded the Vermont legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin for their passage of House Bill 522, which makes Vermont the 27th state to adopt the pseudoephedrine-tracking system known as the National Precursor Log Exchange.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Thursday applauded the Vermont legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin for their passage of House Bill 522, which makes Vermont the 27th state to adopt the pseudoephedrine-tracking system known as the National Precursor Log Exchange.

June 5, 2013

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners on Wednesday commended Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada lawmakers for passage of Assembly Bill 170, which provides Nevada patients with full and direct access to nurse practitioner services by right-sizing state regulations.

AUSTIN, Texas — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners on Wednesday commended Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada lawmakers for passage of Assembly Bill 170, which provides Nevada patients with full and direct access to nurse practitioner services by right-sizing state regulations.

The Governor signed the measure into law during a late-night session on Monday.

May 30, 2013

A new law in Missouri allows state regulatory officials to test drugs during inspections.

NEW YORK — A new law in Missouri allows state regulatory officials to test drugs during inspections.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law the bill, S.B. 306, which allows the Missouri Board of Pharmacy to establish a program for testing drugs, including compounded drugs, with testing paid for by the board. The law previously allowed the board only to inspect businesses selling drugs or chemicals.

A copy of the bill is here.

May 30, 2013

While the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was a milestone in a number of respects, it also was one of the biggest moments in the history of the generic drug industry since the 1984 passage of the Hatch-Waxman Act, which created an abbreviated regulatory approval pathway for generic pharmaceutical drugs.

While the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was a milestone in a number of respects, it also was one of the biggest moments in the history of the generic drug industry since the 1984 passage of the Hatch-Waxman Act, which created an abbreviated regulatory approval pathway for generic pharmaceutical drugs.

May 14, 2013

CVS Caremark on Tuesday announced that a month-long, in-store fundraising campaign at CVS/pharmacy locations throughout the Boston area raised more than $650,000 in donations from customers to The One Fund Boston, which was established by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to raise money for victims and families who were affected by the attack on the Boston Marathon.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark on Tuesday announced that a month-long, in-store fundraising campaign at CVS/pharmacy locations throughout the Boston area raised more than $650,000 in donations from customers to The One Fund Boston, which was established by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to raise money for victims and families who were affected by the attack on the Boston Marathon.

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.

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

May 6, 2013

Florida's state legislature approved a bill last week that will allow pharmacists to substitute biosimilars for brand name biotech drugs.

NEW YORK — Florida's state legislature approved a bill last week that will allow pharmacists to substitute biosimilars for brand name biotech drugs.

The bill, which was approved last Tuesday and is scheduled to take effect on July 1, institutes requirements for pharmacists to substitute biosimilars when they are determined to be biosimilar to and interchangeable with the brand name product, while also requiring the state board of pharmacy to maintain a current list of interchangeable products.

May 3, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday urged Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to sign two bills into law that the association asserts will "protect patient pharmacy choice."

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday urged Hawaii Gov.

April 19, 2013

Ahold USA and its Stop & Shop banner have donated half a million dollars to a charitable organization set up to aid victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Boston.

QUINCY, Mass. — Ahold USA and its Stop & Shop banner have donated half a million dollars to a charitable organization set up to aid victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Boston.

The company announced the donation of $500,000 to The One Fund Boston, formed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

"Words cannot express the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon," Stop & Shop New England Division president Joe Kelley said. "We mourn with all of of those who were affected."

April 18, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced that it will come together with the Boston business community to support The One Fund Boston, established by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to raise money for victims and families who have been affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced that it will come together with the Boston business community to support The One Fund Boston, established by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to raise money for victims and families who have been affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the private foundation of CVS Caremark, will donate $100,000 to The One Fund Boston, which is also accepting online donations from the public at Onefundboston.org.

April 15, 2013

The governor of North Dakota has signed into law a bill that would require pharmacy benefit managers to inform pharmacies about how reimbursement for generic prescription drugs is calculated under maximum allowable cost benchmarks and provide a more detailed appeals process to pharmacies to contest the MAC reimbursement caps that PBMs set up.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The governor of North Dakota has signed into law a bill that would require pharmacy benefit managers to inform pharmacies about how reimbursement for generic prescription drugs is calculated under maximum allowable cost benchmarks and provide a more detailed appeals process to pharmacies to contest the MAC reimbursement caps that PBMs set up.

The bill, H.B. 1363, received unanimous support in both houses of the state's legislature, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed it into law Monday.

April 10, 2013

Legislation designed to limit the use of biosimilars has met defeat in Maryland.

WASHINGTON — Legislation designed to limit the use of biosimilars has met defeat in Maryland.

April 4, 2013

A committee of Florida's state Senate has passed a bill that could limit the use of biosimilars in the state.

WASHINGTON — A committee of Florida's state Senate has passed a bill that could limit the use of biosimilars in the state.

The Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy passed S.B. 732, sending it to the full state senate. The legislation would require pharmacists to inform doctors when a follow-on biologic was substituted for a brand-name biotech drug. The bill is similar to one signed into law last month by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

March 29, 2013

“Well@Work,” Price Chopper Supermarkets’ wellness program managed in partnership with MVP Health Care, has won the Gold Level Worksite Wellness Award for 2012 from the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the company announced.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — “Well@Work,” Price Chopper Supermarkets’ wellness program managed in partnership with MVP Health Care, has won the Gold Level Worksite Wellness Award for 2012 from the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the company announced today.