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August 6, 2013

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy's online education center has received an endorsement from a university in Chicago, NASP said.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy's online education center has received an endorsement from a university in Chicago, NASP said.

The group said that the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy had endorsed its Specialty Pharmacy Education Center and would accept the source content for academic credit starting this fall.

August 6, 2013

A new system allows members of Sears Holdings' Shop Your Way loyalty program to donate the same way they would give to a wedding registry.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — A new system allows members of Sears Holdings' Shop Your Way loyalty program to donate the same way they would give to a wedding registry.

The Charity Gift Registry allows customers to purchase an item and donate it to a child in need in the store, through mobile or online. Items include sports equipment, yard games, puzzles, toys, art supplies and board games. Share Our Strength's No Kind Hungry campaign is the first cause to be supported by the registry. The group aims to end childhood hunger by providing children with healthy food.

August 6, 2013

Target is acquiring online skin care site DermStore, the mass merchandise retailer said Tuesday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is acquiring online skin care site DermStore, the mass merchandise retailer said Tuesday.

Target said buying DermStore would allow it to expand its share of the online beauty market. The company will continue to operate under its online name, DermStore.com as a separate entity, but it will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Target. CEO Dan Obegi will be president of the subsidiary and will report to Target president of multichannel and SVP enterprise strategy Casey Carl. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

August 5, 2013

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has introduced five new generic drugs, the company said.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has introduced five new generic drugs, the company said.

The drugs launched are:

Potassium chloride extended-release capsules in the 750-mg strength and in bottle count sizes of 100, 500 and 1,000. The drug is a generic version of Nesher Pharmaceuticals' Micro-K10 ExtenCaps and used to treat potassium deficiency.

Sildenafil tablets in the 20-mg strength and in 90-count bottles. The drug is a generic version of Pfizer's Revatio, used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.

August 5, 2013

Nearly a quarter of Americans are using electronic medical records for checking test results, refilling prescriptions and making appointments, while more than half say they would like to use them, but don't have access, according to a new study.

CHICAGO — Nearly a quarter of Americans are using electronic medical records for checking test results, refilling prescriptions and making appointments, while more than half say they would like to use them, but don't have access, according to a new study.

The study, by Aeffect and 88 Brand Partners, included 1,000 respondents ages 25 years to 55 years, finding that 24% of them used EMRs, while 52% would like to. At the same time, nearly half of patients take EMR access into consideration when choosing a healthcare provider.

August 5, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved for shipment the latest version of a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine, the drug maker said Monday.

PHILADELPHIA — The Food and Drug Administration has approved for shipment the latest version of a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine, the drug maker said Monday.

The FDA approved the Fluarix Quadrivalent (influenza virus vaccine) for the 2013-2014 season for shipment to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distribution centers and healthcare providers. GSK said this would be the first season in which vaccines protecting against more than three strains will be available.

August 5, 2013

A new treatment for bacterial infections of the vagina is now available, the drug's manufacturer said.

ST. LOUIS — A new treatment for bacterial infections of the vagina is now available, the drug's manufacturer said Monday.

K-V Pharmaceutical Co. subsidiary Ther-Rx Corp. announced the availability of Clindesse (clindamycin phosphate), saying wholesalers have ordered and received it and are distributing it to retail pharmacies. The drug is used to treat bacterial vaginosis in women who are not pregnant. BV results from an overgrowth of several bacterial species and is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age.

August 2, 2013

Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. had $3.4 billion in revenues in second quarter 2013, the company said.

LISLE, Ill. — Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. had $3.4 billion in revenues in second quarter 2013, the company said.

That figure represented a 101% increase in the PBM's revenues in second quarter 2012 and resulted in a profit of $63.4 million, 132% higher than last year.

"During the second quarter of 2013, we continued to successfully execute our growth strategy, driving new customer wins by leveraging our flexibility and customizable model to deliver more control and savings to our clients," Catamaran chairman and CEO Mark Thierer said.

August 2, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a vaccine against meningococcal disease for use among patients of a broader age range than before.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a vaccine against meningococcal disease for use among patients of a broader age range than before.

August 2, 2013

Gluten-free foods have been all the rage lately as more retailers move to address patients with gluten intolerance and celiac disease.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Gluten-free foods have been all the rage lately as more retailers move to address patients with gluten intolerance and celiac disease.

August 2, 2013

Duracell has introduced a new battery that it said would provide more power than previous models.

BETHEL, Conn. — Duracell has introduced a new battery that it said would provide more power than previous models.

The Procter & Gamble-owned brand announced the launch of Duracell Quantum, which includes a Hi-Density Core and PowerCheck per indicator. The battery is sold in a red and copper color scheme.

August 2, 2013

Novo Nordisk is offering $80,000 to diabetes-education programs in a Minnesota city, the Danish drug maker said Friday.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Novo Nordisk is offering $80,000 to diabetes-education programs in a Minnesota city, the Danish drug maker said Friday.

The company said it would give the money to support local organizations that educate people living with Type 2 diabetes in Rochester, Minn.

August 2, 2013

The Senate was expected to take up a bill designed to secure the drug supply chain and establish a list of "do not compound" medications, but left for recess Friday without voting on it.

NEW YORK — The Senate was expected to take up a bill designed to secure the drug supply chain and establish a list of "do not compound" medications, but left for recess Friday without voting on it.

August 1, 2013

Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its SVP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its SVP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said Thursday.

Bertram previoulsy worked for Jewel-Osco, where he oversaw operations across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. He was also SVP of Supervalu and worked in executive positions at Walmart in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His new position at Ahold USA will be based out of the company's Carlisle, Pa., headquarters.

August 1, 2013

As pharmacy organizations tout the pharmacist as the face of neighborhood health care, one retailer is encouraging its own pharmacists to be more proactive.

NEW YORK — As pharmacy organizations tout the pharmacist as the face of neighborhood health care, one retailer is encouraging its own pharmacists to be more proactive.

Ahold USA has launched ACT! in an effort to get its pharmacists to build closer relationships with their patients. ACT! stands for "Acknowledge," "Coach" and "Thank." Ahold USA owns the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., chains in the Northeast.

August 1, 2013

Bartell Drugs is sponsoring a two-week series of events to celebrate the opening of its 61st store, the company said.

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is sponsoring a two-week series of events to celebrate the opening of its 61st store, the company said.

The Seattle-based regional chain will open the 11,600-sq.-ft. store on Friday in Seattle's growing South Lake Union neighborhood. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday. Between Friday and Aug. 16, several vendors will participate in product sampling and demonstrations, highlighted by a 16-seat, peddle-powered "Hydration Station" that will tour the neighborhood with beverage samples.

August 1, 2013

A new app allows patients to communicate through audio and video with their pharmacies using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario — A new app allows patients to communicate through audio and video with their pharmacies using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Face to FaceRx announced the launch of its Prescriptions Mobile App, which also allows patients to send the prescriptions directly to a call center where it will be input directly into the pharmacy's system for immediate dispensing.

August 1, 2013

Blueberries. Açai berries. Tea and coffee. Tomatoes. Nuts. All of these food and beverages are rich in healthy antioxidants, and a slew of advertisements and articles tout them as such. The only problem is that most Americans don't know what antioxidants or their health benefits are, according to a new study.

SALT LAKE CITY — Blueberries. Açai berries. Tea and coffee. Tomatoes. Nuts. All of these food and beverages are rich in healthy antioxidants, and a slew of advertisements and articles tout them as such. The only problem is that most Americans don't know what antioxidants or their health benefits are, according to a new study.

August 1, 2013

A new website aims to educate businesses about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON — A new website aims to educate businesses about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

August 1, 2013

Emdeon has given pharmacy automation products maker QS/1 certification for electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, or EPCS, QS/1 said Thursday.

 SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Emdeon has given pharmacy automation products maker QS/1 certification for electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, or EPCS, QS/1 said Thursday.

August 1, 2013

Rite Aid had another month of positive sales growth in July, the retail pharmacy chain said.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid had another month of positive sales growth in July, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

Rite Aid said same-store sales for the four-week period that ended last Saturday increased by 1.3% compared with the same period last year. The increase included a 0.7% increase in front-end same-store sales and a 1.6% increase in pharmacy same-store sales. Same-store scripts increased by 0.4%. Total sales for the month were $1.898 billion, a 0.9% increase over $1.881 billion last year.

July 31, 2013

A nutrition-education group is promoting health and wellness in African-American communities by teaching about traditional African cuisine.

BOSTON — A nutrition-education group is promoting health and wellness in African-American communities by teaching about traditional African cuisine.

Oldways announced Wednesday the launch of "A Taste of African Heritage," which it said would help communities reconnect with the ways of eating and living of early Africans and African-Americans in Africa, the South, the Caribbean and South America.

July 31, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Perrigo generic drug for treating dermatitis, the company said Wednesday.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Perrigo generic drug for treating dermatitis, the company said Wednesday.

Perrigo announced the FDA approval of fluticasone propionate lotion in the 0.05% strength. The drug is a generic version of Fougera Pharmaceuticals division PharmaDerm's Cutivate and is used to treat inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of atopic dermatitis in patients ages 1 year and older.

The drug has annual sales of about $19 million, according to Symphony Health Solutions.

 

July 31, 2013

Kmart is offering savings on gas to members of its loyalty program who purchase Procter & Gamble products, the mass merchandise retailer said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is offering savings on gas to members of its loyalty program who purchase Procter & Gamble products, the mass merchandise retailer said.

Kmart said members of the Shop Your Way loyalty program could benefit from the offer at select stores and participating BP and Speedway gas stations through Saturday. Members who buy $50 in P&G products will receive a coupon allowing them to save $1 per gallon. Customers can save 30 cents per gallon at other times of the year.

July 31, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has given Lupin Pharmaceuticals tentative approval to two of its products, the company said Wednesday.

BALTIMORE — The Food and Drug Administration has given Lupin Pharmaceuticals tentative approval to two of its products, the company said Wednesday.

Lupin announced the tentative approvals for armodafinil tablets in the 50-mg, 100-mg, 150-mg, 200-mg and 250-mg strengths and doxycycline capsules in the 40-mg strength. Tentative approval means that the drugs meet the FDA's conditions for approval, but can't be marketed yet due to patent or market exclusivity protection that has yet to expire.