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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.

September 1, 2010

Workers on average are paying nearly $4,000 this year toward the cost of family health...

WASHINGTON Workers on average are paying nearly $4,000 this year toward the cost of family health coverage — an increase of 14%, or $482, above what they paid last year, according to the benchmark "2010 Employer Health Benefits Survey" released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust.

September 1, 2010

Extending pharmacy’s grassroots outreach to powerful federal lawmakers, Kerr Drug hosted Sen. Kay Hagan for...

September 1, 2010

Add another plank to the increasingly solid platform that supports pharmacy’s long-standing fight for a...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Add another plank to the increasingly solid platform that supports pharmacy’s long-standing fight for a full seat at the healthcare table.

(THE NEWS: ASHP: Healthcare teams with pharmacists improve patient care. For the full story, click here)

September 1, 2010

Teva Pharmaceuticals has launched a generic treatment for epileptic seizures....

NORTH WALES, Pa. Teva Pharmaceuticals has launched a generic treatment for epileptic seizures.

 

The world’s largest generic drug maker announced Wednesday the launch of diazepam rectal gel, a generic version of Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ Diastat AcuDial. The drug is administered via rectal syringe and is available in 2.5-mg, 10-mg and 20-mg strengths.

 

 

August 30, 2010

Comparing the situation with a hypothetical B-movie about a whale eating New York, Harvard University...

SAN DIEGO Comparing the situation with a hypothetical B-movie about a whale eating New York, Harvard University economics professor David Cutler showed a chart describing the fiscal collision course the United States could be on if it doesn’t successfully tackle healthcare costs.

 

August 29, 2010

Retail pharmacy is going through a “historic paradigm change” as pharmacists and pharmacy leaders expand...

SAN DIEGO Retail pharmacy is going through a “historic paradigm change” as pharmacists and pharmacy leaders expand their patient-care and clinical capabilities and provide new solutions to a “broken” healthcare system undergoing rapid change. 

August 29, 2010

Industry lobbyists last week weighed in on a Ninth Circuit ruling that allowed for a...

WASHINGTON Industry lobbyists last week weighed in on a Ninth Circuit ruling that allowed for a class action lawsuit to proceed against Matrixx Initiatives because that company failed to disclose adverse event reports to its shareholders.

 

August 29, 2010

If there ever was a time for retail pharmacists to assert their role in a...

August 26, 2010

Since the turn of the 21st century, community pharmacy and its technology allies have waged...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Since the turn of the 21st century, community pharmacy and its technology allies have waged a long fight to shift the nation’s fractious healthcare system to a common communications and record-keeping platform via electronic prescribing and information technology. Those efforts -- led by such companies as Surescripts, the pharmacy industry-founded e-prescribing network -- have made progress.

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 24, 2010

A White House report encouraging the healthcare system’s transformation to health information technology drew a...

ALEXANDRIA, Va., and ST. PAUL, Minn. A White House report encouraging the healthcare system’s transformation to health information technology drew a strong endorsement Tuesday from the nation’s largest electronic prescription network.

August 23, 2010

Merck Consumer Care on Tuesday announced the launch of Dr. Scholl's For Her Fast Flats,...

August 19, 2010

The USA Today article highlighting nurse-managed centers as one “innovative” program that could help fill...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The USA Today article highlighting nurse-managed centers as one “innovative” program that could help fill the primary care physician void is important because it underscores the important role that nurse practitioners play in delivering quality healthcare services.

(THE NEWS: Nurse-managed centers may fill primary care physician void. For the full story, click here)

August 18, 2010

With the start of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ 2010 Pharmacy and Technology...

August 15, 2010

Adding plenty of fire power to the rapidly improving image of community pharmacists as essential...

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 11, 2010

Merck has teamed up with the nonprofit educational organization behind "Sesame Street" to develop a...

August 10, 2010

For the third consecutive year, the Cardinal Health Foundation has awarded more than $1 million...

August 9, 2010

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

August 5, 2010

A group that promotes education and awareness around diabetes is calling on the government and...

CHICAGO A group that promotes education and awareness around diabetes is calling on the government and private insurers to use diabetes education as a cost-saving strategy.

 

The American Association of Diabetes Educators hopes to provide diabetes self-management training to patients with prediabetes and recommended that private insurers and Medicare include it as a covered benefit.

 

 

August 5, 2010

Once again, the Democratic Party and the Obama administration are taking point on a relief...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Once again, the Democratic Party and the Obama administration are taking point on a relief plan for long-term or recently unemployed and underemployed Americans hit hard by the recession and the still-dismal job market. But their efforts to extend the program that provides additional emergency Medicaid funding to the states could provide additional relief to pharmacies that serve Medicaid patients, too.

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 3, 2010

Invoking a “cloture” provision, the Senate voted Wednesday to end debate on a funding bill...