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January 16, 2014

Easton Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced it is speeding up negotiations with an Ontario-based company toward forming a possible investment/partnership toward their medical marijuana initiatives, which includes participating in their government application for both a growers and distributorship license in Canada and other possible international initiatives.

TORONTO — Easton Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced it is speeding up negotiations with an Ontario-based company toward forming a possible investment/partnership toward their medical marijuana initiatives, which includes participating in their government application for both a growers and distributorship license in Canada and other possible international initiatives. 

January 16, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to restore $85 million in Food and Drug Administration sequestered user fees.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to restore $85 million in Food and Drug Administration sequestered user fees.

January 15, 2014

In its newest educational program, the Generation Rx Initiative mixes online learning with video games released Wednesday to promote learning about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse.

DUBLIN, Ohio — In its newest educational program, the Generation Rx Initiative mixes online learning with video games released Wednesday to promote learning about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse. The game can be integrated into parents' and teachers' National Drug Facts Week efforts Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. NDFW is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse through community-based events and educational activities on the Web, on television and through contests.

January 15, 2014

Reform of eligibility criteria for MTM services would improve access to care for seniors and boost medication adherence, according to an article co-authored by Laura Miller, senior economist with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Reform of eligibility criteria for MTM services would improve access to care for seniors and boost medication adherence, according to an article co-authored by Laura Miller, senior economist with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

The article — titled “Should Eligibility for Medication Therapy Management be Based on Drug Adherence?” — is in the January 2014 Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

January 14, 2014

Three drug makers are looking into buying Pfizer's branded-generics drug business, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Three drug makers are looking into buying Pfizer's branded-generics drug business, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that Actavis, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and Mylan had expressed interest in buying Pfizer's business segment focused on generic drugs. However, Reuters reported that Pfizer was not yet ready to make a deal and was in the process of a potential separation of the generics unit.

January 14, 2014

Patients who opt-in to medication synchronization programs offered through their community pharmacy average more than 100 additional days on therapy per year and are 30% more likely to take their medication as prescribed than patients not enrolled in a synchronization program, according to the results of a new study project released Wednesday that was conducted by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Patients who opt-in to medication synchronization programs offered through their community pharmacy average more than 100 additional days on therapy per year and are 30% more likely to take their medication as prescribed than patients not enrolled in a synchronization program, according to the results of a new study project released Wednesday that was conducted by the National Community Pharmacists Association.
 

January 13, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has found possible violations of agency regulations at a manufacturing plant in India owned by drug maker Ranbaxy Labs, the company said Monday.

GURGAON, India — The Food and Drug Administration has found possible violations of agency regulations at a manufacturing plant in India owned by drug maker Ranbaxy Labs, the company said Monday.

Ranbaxy said it received a Form 483 from the FDA, a statement issued to a company's management after it has inspected a plant and found conditions that may violate the agency's regulations, and that products produced therein could be hazardous to people who use them. The plant in question is in Toansa, in India's Punjab region.

January 13, 2014

New York state has begun to legalize medical use of marijuana, albeit in limited form, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — New York state has begun to legalize medical use of marijuana, albeit in limited form, according to published reports.

Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia allow the dispensing of marijuana for medical use, two of which — Colorado and Washington — have legalized recreational use, while Maryland allows medical use as a legal defense in criminal cases.

January 9, 2014

Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie will cover initial prescription costs for customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but don't yet have their identification cards, the chains said.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie will cover initial prescription costs for customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but who don't yet have their identification cards, the chains said.

The supermarket chains, both banners owned by Bi-Lo Holdings, will offer 30-day supplies of most prescription drugs at no upfront cost to health insurance marketplace enrollees until Jan. 31.

January 9, 2014

Vulnerable patients, including seniors and cancer patients, suffer from lack of access to needed painkillers as efforts to combat diversion and misuse of controlled substances often result in drugs not getting into the hands of those who need them, according to a new pharmacist survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —Vulnerable patients, including seniors and cancer patients, suffer from lack of access to needed painkillers as efforts to combat diversion and misuse of controlled substances often result in drugs not getting into the hands of those who need them, according to a new pharmacist survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association. 

January 8, 2014

Aetna has announced that Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies have been added to the preferred pharmacy network of the Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan as of Jan. 1.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Aetna has announced that Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies have been added to the preferred pharmacy network of the Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan as of Jan. 1.

January 7, 2014

Ani Pharmaceuticals has bought 31 generic drugs from Teva Pharmaceuticals for $12.5 million, the company said.

BAUDETTE, Minn. — Ani Pharmaceuticals has bought 31 generic drugs from Teva Pharmaceuticals for $12.5 million, the company said.

January 7, 2014

Growth in health spending has slowed in recent years, including spending by private and public payers, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that also found a small contribution to the lower growth from the healthcare reform law.

WASHINGTON — Growth in health spending has slowed in recent years, including spending by private and public payers, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that also found a small contribution to the lower growth from the healthcare reform law.

January 7, 2014

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday expressed support of several policy changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday expressed support of several policy changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a document filed in the Federal Register. 

January 3, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat overactive bladder, the company said Friday.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat overactive bladder, the company said Friday.

January 2, 2014

With coverage under the Affordable Care Act now underway for millions of Americans, CVS Caremark has announced that it is ready to help patients who may experience coverage issues or have questions as they access care and prescription medications under new plans for the first time.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — With coverage under the Affordable Care Act now underway for millions of Americans, CVS Caremark has announced that it is ready to help patients who may experience coverage issues or have questions as they access care and prescription medications under new plans for the first time.

January 2, 2014

The Kroger Co. has joined the list of retailers offering supplies of prescription drugs at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have yet to receive an identification number.

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. has joined the list of retailers offering supplies of prescription drugs at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have yet to receive an identification number.

The company announced Thursday that it would offer up to a 30-day supply of certain prescription drugs to customers who provide confirmation of their enrollment at one of the retailer's pharmacies.

December 26, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has postponed the time it will decide whether or not to approve an experimental treatment under development by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. for ulcerative colitis, the company said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration has postponed the time it will decide whether or not to approve an experimental treatment under development by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. for ulcerative colitis, the company said.

December 26, 2013

Sales of OTC female contraceptives ought to be significant in the coming year.

Sales of OTC female contraceptives ought to be significant in the coming year. Already, the category is up 2.3% to $232.7 million, and that number is expected to go up now that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Teva Women’s Health’s Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) without a prescription.

December 23, 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is encouraging health plans to cover patients' existing non-formulary drugs as though they were formulary drugs for the first 30 days after the Jan. 1 rollout of the insurance coverage provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is encouraging health plans to cover patients' existing non-formulary drugs as though they were formulary drugs for the first 30 days after the Jan. 1 rollout of the insurance coverage provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

December 20, 2013

CVS Caremark announced on Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has lifted the sanctions imposed against the company's SilverScript Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, effective Jan. 1.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark announced on Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has lifted the sanctions imposed against the company's SilverScript Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, effective Jan. 1.

 "We are pleased by this news," stated Jon Roberts, president of the PBM business of CVS Caremark. "We have worked hard to implement improvements to address the enrollment processing issues that occurred in early 2013 and are committed to providing our members with quality service and support."

December 19, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday announced the need for legislation in Pennsylvania to protect independent pharmacy operators there.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday announced the need for legislation in Pennsylvania to protect independent pharmacy operators there. 

December 18, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency will share data about studies meant to show whether generic drugs are equivalent to their branded counterparts, under a joint program announced Wednesday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency will share data about studies meant to show whether generic drugs are equivalent to their branded counterparts, under a joint program announced Wednesday.

December 18, 2013

The U.S. healthcare system saved $217 billion in 2012 thanks to the use of generic drugs, according to a new report by a generic drug industry trade group.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. healthcare system saved $217 billion in 2012 thanks to the use of generic drugs, according to a new report by a generic drug industry trade group.

December 18, 2013

UnitedHealthcare on Wednesday announced the winners of the 2013 UnitedHealthcare Medication Adherence Targeted Intervention Program Challenge benefiting the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

MINNETONKA, Minn. — UnitedHealthcare on Wednesday announced the winners of the 2013 UnitedHealthcare Medication Adherence Targeted Intervention Program Challenge benefiting the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. The company presented a $100,000 donation to the foundation on behalf of the winning pharmacies at the 15th annual NACDS Foundation Dinner in New York earlier this month.