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April 14, 2014

AssistRx last week introduced a new technology that simplifies the prescribing of specialty therapies while streamlining communications between prescribers, pharmacies, patients and manufacturers. It’s smart technology that can lead to patients receiving specialty medications weeks earlier than ever before, the company claimed.

ORLANDO, Fla. — AssistRx last week introduced a new technology that simplifies the prescribing of specialty therapies while streamlining communications between prescribers, pharmacies, patients and manufacturers. It’s smart technology that can lead to patients receiving specialty medications weeks earlier than ever before, the company claimed.

April 14, 2014

Dietary supplement use by U.S. adults is more prevalent than indicated by published data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, according to a new article in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

WASHINGTON — Dietary supplement use by U.S. adults is more prevalent than indicated by published data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, according to a new article in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The review article is based on five consecutive years of online market research studies, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

April 14, 2014

ShopRite is planning to open a pharmacy inside the Doylestown Hospital on June 1, marking its first location inside a medical facility.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — ShopRite is planning to open a pharmacy inside the Doylestown Hospital on June 1, marking its first location inside a medical facility.

“We are looking forward to working with the hospital to make access to medications and medical supplies convenient for all patients,” said Joe Cowhey, president of the Cowhey Family Supermarket, a family business that owns and operates the ShopRite of Warminster.

April 11, 2014

As part of its ongoing commitment to help customers achieve healthier lifestyles, Ahold USA recently hosted two nutrition education days on April 8 and 9 at its Carlisle Support Office.

CARLISLE, Pa. — As part of its ongoing commitment to help customers achieve healthier lifestyles, Ahold USA recently hosted two nutrition education days on April 8 and 9 at its Carlisle Support Office. Topics of discussion included specific products, information and services related to nutrition and health, and how to better engage and educate customers. Participants included all 12 of the company’s retail divisions in-store nutritionists, as well as members of Ahold USA’s health and wellness, marketing and quality assurance teams.

April 11, 2014

Now available online, the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator allows consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded medications on Saturday, April 26, 2014, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy announced Wednesday.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — Now available online, the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator allows consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded medications on Saturday, April 26, 2014, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy announced Wednesday. On April 26, from 10 a.m.

April 11, 2014

NCPDP, the not-for-profit pharmacy standards development organization, on Wednesday announced the availability of a patient safety white paper that provides specific industry guidance for standardizing the dosing designations and labeling of oral liquid medications.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — NCPDP, the not-for-profit pharmacy standards development organization, on Wednesday announced the availability of a patient safety white paper that provides specific industry guidance for standardizing the dosing designations and labeling of oral liquid medications. 

April 11, 2014

The creator of Merlot Skin Care and First Crush has unveiled a new skin care collection that not only aims to hydrate, heal and protect skin but to also make a difference in the lives of veterans.

EL PASO, Texas — The creator of Merlot Skin Care and First Crush has unveiled a new skin care collection that not only aims to hydrate, heal and protect skin but to also make a difference in the lives of veterans. Enter Camo Cream.

With every purchase of Camo Cream, a portion of the sale goes toward Homes For Our Troops, a national nonprofit that works to build homes for post-9/11 injured veterans. Homes For Our Troops has built more than 160 homes nation wide, with plans to build dozens more.

April 11, 2014

The New York State legislature recently wrapped up its 2015 budget negotiations with a favorable outcome for community pharmacy as it rejected an executive branch proposal to change how New York’s Medicaid program reimburses pharmacies for prescription medications.

WASHINGTON — The New York State legislature recently wrapped up its 2015 budget negotiations with a favorable outcome for community pharmacy: It rejected an executive branch proposal to change how New York’s Medicaid program reimburses pharmacies for prescription medications.

If enacted, the proposal would have cut payments to pharmacies by $82 million annually, according to estimates, by setting the price for drugs based on a three-month rolling average acquisition cost.

April 11, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals and the Parkinson's Unity Walk on Friday announced the launch of a public awareness campaign, "CommUNITY: Carrying the PD Torch," to support Parkinson's disease patients during Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in April.

FRAZER, Pa. — Teva Pharmaceuticals and the Parkinson's Unity Walk on Friday announced the launch of a public awareness campaign, "CommUNITY: Carrying the PD Torch," to support Parkinson's disease patients during Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in April. The campaign aims to empower patients to set their goals and work to achieve them by uniting the community and encouraging patients in their PD journey.

April 10, 2014

Ambi, a beauty brand for women of color, is expanding its portfolio with the new Ambi Advanced 5% Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment and Ambi Even & Clear Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths.

NEW YORK — Ambi, a beauty brand for women of color, is expanding its portfolio with the new Ambi Advanced 5% Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment and Ambi Even & Clear Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths.

April 10, 2014

Prescription drug trend grew 3.8% in 2013, driven by significant price inflation for traditional brand drugs, specialty drugs and generics, as well as an increase in utilization as members filled more prescriptions in the slowly improving economy, according to the findings of CVS Caremark’s annual "Insights" report released on Thursday.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Prescription drug trend grew 3.8% in 2013, driven by significant price inflation for traditional brand drugs, specialty drugs and generics, as well as an increase in utilization as members filled more prescriptions in the slowly improving economy, according to the findings of CVS Caremark’s annual "Insights" report released on Thursday. This compares with 2012, which experienced nearly flat growth at 0.1%.

April 9, 2014

Emphasizing implementation challenges that could impact patient access to pharmacy services, a coalition is urging Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow a one-year transition period for states to fully implement the Medicaid average manufacturer’s price-based federal upper limits for prescription medications.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Emphasizing implementation challenges that could impact patient access to pharmacy services, a coalition is urging Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow a one-year transition period for states to fully implement the Medicaid average manufacturer’s price-based federal upper limits for prescription medications.

April 9, 2014

GM Pharmaceuticals recently announced the addition of 8-oz. bottles to its line of liquid pain relief VanaPain.

ARLINGTON, Texas — GM Pharmaceuticals recently announced the addition of 8-oz. bottles to its line of liquid pain relief VanaPain. The new bulk products for the chronic pain sufferer begin shipping in July, and the suggested retail price ranges from $7.99 to $9.99. 

April 9, 2014

Herb Pharm recently debuted a new logo and label design across its entire product line in conjunction with the launch of three new herbal supplements — Inflamma Response capsules, Passionflower capsules and Turmeric softgels.

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Herb Pharm recently debuted a new logo and label design across its entire product line in conjunction with the launch of three new herbal supplements — Inflamma Response capsules, Passionflower capsules and Turmeric softgels.

The new scheme makes use of color-coded functional categories that are easy to spot and understand. The new color-coded system enables retailers to merchandise products by category, while also providing consumers an at-a-glance reference point intended to educate, facilitate product selection and eliminate confusion. 

April 9, 2014

Not Your Mother’s hair care brand expanded its U.S. retail distribution with more than 10,000 stores and almost doubled its SKU count in first quarter 2014, and now the manufacturer is broadening its international reach by launching in Walmart Mexico.

TAMPA, Fla. — Not Your Mother’s hair care brand expanded its U.S. retail distribution with more than 10,000 stores and almost doubled its SKU count in first quarter 2014, and now the manufacturer is broadening its international reach by launching in Walmart Mexico.

The brand is already distributed in Australia, South Korea, Brazil and Chile.  

Eight Not Your Mother’s products launched in more than 200 Walmart Mexico Supercenters and Superama grocery locations during March. The lineup includes:

April 9, 2014

Omnis Health on Tuesday announced the launch of EmbracePro, a blood-glucose meter for medical professionals.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Omnis Health on Tuesday announced the launch of EmbracePro, a blood-glucose meter for medical professionals. Approved for multi-patient use, EmbracePro features a test strip release button for more hygienic strip disposal and provides accurate results within five seconds. 

April 9, 2014

Procter & Gamble has declared a commitment to no deforestation in its palm oil supply chain by improving practices with all its suppliers, including small local farmers, to ensure protection of forests, the company announced on Tuesday.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has declared a commitment to no deforestation in its palm oil supply chain by improving practices with all its suppliers, including small local farmers, to ensure protection of forests, the company announced on Tuesday.

According to P&G, it uses very little actual palm oil in its products, but derivatives and by-products of palm oil are found in a variety of its beauty and household care products, such as detergents, shampoos, hand and body cleansers, bar soaps and color cosmetics.

April 9, 2014

As the cost for specialty medications continues to rise, implementing an effective "channel transition" approach — the process of moving prescriptions from the medical benefit to the pharmacy benefit — can produce significant savings for healthcare payers by improving management of these complex and costly drugs, according to a new report commissioned by CVS Caremark.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As the cost for specialty medications continues to rise, implementing an effective "channel transition" approach — the process of moving prescriptions from the medical benefit to the pharmacy benefit — can produce significant savings for healthcare payers by improving management of these complex and costly drugs, according to a new report commissioned by CVS Caremark.

April 9, 2014

According to new survey data recently released by the National Consumers League, one-third of adult Americans still believe that vaccines may be linked to autism in children.

WASHINGTON — According to new survey data recently released by the National Consumers League, one-third of adult Americans still believe that vaccines may be linked to autism in children. According to the survey, 33% of parents of children under the age of 18 and 29% of all adults continue to believe “vaccinations can cause autism.” Scientific studies have clarified that use of vaccines is not linked to autism in children, the NCL noted. 

April 9, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday applauded Tennessee state Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, after his legislation — H.B. 1257 — passed out of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday applauded Tennessee state Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, after his legislation — H.B. 1257 — passed out of the Tennessee House of Representatives. The bill, which passed the Senate last week, would implement a real-time, drug offender block list in Tennessee. 

The measure now heads to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature.

April 8, 2014

Diplomat on Monday announced that it is one of a select group of specialty pharmacies contracted by Celgene to distribute Otezla (apremilast), a new medication for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat on Monday announced that it is one of a select group of specialty pharmacies contracted by Celgene to distribute Otezla (apremilast), a new medication for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. Otezla is an oral small-molecule inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) specific for cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). 

Otezla was approved by the FDA on March 21, 2014, and is available in 10 mg, 20 mg and 30 mg tablets. 

April 8, 2014

L’Oréal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance, a private funder of melanoma research, have announced the launch of the “It’s THAT Worth It” campaign, a public health call-to-action that urges women of all skin tones to prevent melanoma by using sunscreen and to help save lives by supporting melanoma research for a cure.

NEW YORK — L’Oréal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance, a private funder of melanoma research, have announced the launch of the “It’s THAT Worth It” campaign, a public health call-to-action that urges women of all skin tones to prevent melanoma by using sunscreen and to help save lives by supporting melanoma research for a cure.

April 8, 2014

Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has been awarded Specialty Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has been awarded Specialty Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry. 

April 8, 2014

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate), a once-daily antiepileptic drug, is now available across the United States.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Sunovion Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate), a once-daily antiepileptic drug, is now available across the United States.

The drug, which received approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 8, 2013, is a prescription medicine used with other medicines to treat partial-onset seizures. The drug is available in four table strengths: 200 mg, 400 mg, 600 mg and 800 mg; it can be taken whole or crushed, with food or without.

April 7, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has announced the elected officers for its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term: Ed Hamilton as president, Mark Cziraky as VP and Bruce Laughrey as treasurer.

WASHINGTON —The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has announced the elected officers for its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term:  Ed Hamilton as president, Mark Cziraky as VP and Bruce Laughrey as treasurer.

The officers were officially installed during the APhA Foundation board meeting in conjunction with the APhA2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando.