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December 7, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Simplify, simplify.


December 7, 2010

NEW YORK — The leading maker of home prescription lockboxes has unveiled a high-tech security device that brings cutting-edge fingerprint recognition technology to consumers.


The Rx DrugSafe Medicine Lockbox, unveiled by Rx Safes, provides home security by only allowing access to parents, guardians or other authorized users, the company said. Each safe can recognize up to 120 users through their fingerprints, and can store up to 12 medication bottles.


December 1, 2010

Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., on Tuesday campaigned for a sweeping expansion of efforts to battle methamphetamine, including legislation that would make Missouri the third state in the nation to require a prescription for the cough-cold ingredient pseudoephedrine.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (Dec. 1) Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., on Tuesday campaigned for a sweeping expansion of efforts to battle methamphetamine, including legislation that would make Missouri the third state in the nation to require a prescription for the cough-cold ingredient pseudoephedrine.

It’s not a new issue for the Show Me State — several local municipalities that fall between St. Louis and the Missouri capital of Jefferson City last year passed local ordinances that required prescriptions for PSE products.

November 24, 2010

UnitedHealth Group will start a program next year that it said can reduce drug costs to as low as $2 per script, the company said Tuesday.

MINNETONKA, Minn. — UnitedHealth Group will start a program next year that it said can reduce drug costs to as low as $2 per script, the company said Tuesday.

The program, Pharmacy Saver, will be available to Medicare Part D members and is a collaboration with Kroger, Safeway and Prescription Solutions. The program will allow members to purchase some scripts for $2 for 30- and some 90-day supplies and applies to hundreds of prescription drugs, including 8-of-the-10 most commonly used by UnitedHealthcare Medicare plan members.

November 14, 2010

A backlog of more than 2,000 drug entities and devices is awaiting approval. That’s the...

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A backlog of more than 2,000 drug entities and devices is awaiting approval. That’s the situation facing the Food and Drug Administration and the generic pharmaceutical industry—and it’s the chief impetus behind the FDA’s push to impose user fees on generic drug makers seeking the agency’s review and approval for their brand-equivalent medicines.

November 14, 2010

Humana and Wal-Mart Stores on Monday announced that Mary Lee Reinscheld became the first Medicare...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Humana and Wal-Mart Stores on Monday announced that Mary Lee Reinscheld became the first Medicare beneficiary to sign up for the new Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan at one of the Humana informational kiosks available in approximately 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide.

 

Reinscheld signed her Humana application at Walmart store No. 1170 here as the annual enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries, including seniors and people with disabilities, got under way.

 

November 14, 2010

In a ruling hailed by retail pharmacy leaders, the Department of Defense now is insisting...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a ruling hailed by retail pharmacy leaders, the Department of Defense now is insisting that drug manufacturers extend the same discounts for prescription drugs sold at community pharmacies that the military gets for medicines dispensed through base dispensaries or mail order.

November 1, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging federal health officials to adopt a...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging federal health officials to adopt a simpler means of communicating drug safety and efficacy information to patients, and to clear the way for an approval pathway for generic versions of biologically engineered drugs.

 

NACDS made its priorities known in a letter Monday to Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. The letter came from Kevin Nicholson, the group’s VP government affairs and public policy.

 

October 24, 2010

More than a quarter trillion dollars in pharmaceutical sales happened through primary healthcare distributors in...

October 24, 2010

Independent pharmacies in 2009 generally were able to withstand the pummeling of a major recession,...

October 24, 2010

Some say it cheapens patient care and reduces quality. The nation’s fourth-biggest pharmacy retailer and...

October 18, 2010

It’s a ruling that could bolster the retail pharmacy industry’s long campaign to extend full...

October 18, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Tuesday released a letter addressed to the...

October 12, 2010

A panel of healthcare thought leaders has concluded that a recent IRS rule change requiring...

October 10, 2010

The new prescription requirement for over-the-counter medicines under flexible spending accounts, part of the new...

WASHINGTON Drug Store News, for the simple reason that the change actually hurts the people health reform was supposed to help—patients looking to save money on healthcare costs. —The new prescription requirement for over-the-counter medicines under flexible spending accounts, part of the new Affordable Care Act, may amount to bad medicine, many industry pundits have told

And the ramifications of that simple requirement also will be felt across the retail pharmacies that those in search of healthcare savings patronize.

October 6, 2010

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday joined...

WASHINGTON The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday joined forces to kick off their annual National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month to raise awareness of the dangers of youth prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse.

This initiative, annually held in October, features a coordinated and concentrated effort to educate parents and youth of the potential dangers associated with prescription and OTC medicine abuse.

October 5, 2010

The National Community Pharmacists Association is giving independent drug store owners some new help in...

October 4, 2010

Shortly after Walmart and Humana announced that they would offer a Medicare Part D prescription...

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Shortly after Walmart and Humana announced that they would offer a Medicare Part D prescription drug program to customers, signage in Walmart stores popped up.

 

October 3, 2010

Sam's Club pharmacies are saluting pharmacists across the nation with an awareness campaign in line...

September 30, 2010

The independent pharmacy industry is crying foul over a new plan by Walmart and insurance...

September 30, 2010

Launching a pre-emptive campaign to capture a major share of the Medicare prescription market, Walmart...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Launching a pre-emptive campaign to capture a major share of the Medicare prescription market, Walmart and Humana have unveiled a boldly conceived, co-branded Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that offers steeply discounted premiums and co-payments.

(THE NEWS: Walmart, Humana unveil new Medicare Part D prescription drug offering. For the full story, click here)

September 27, 2010

Kmart Pharmacy is introducing an incentive program by which customers will be rewarded for transferring...

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart Pharmacy is introducing an incentive program by which customers will be rewarded for transferring their prescriptions to a Kmart Pharmacy, and the retailer also will support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

September 26, 2010

Federal efforts to simplify and standardize the information that patients receive with their prescription medications...

September 22, 2010

A group representing the nation's independent pharmacies heralded two pieces of legislation that pertain to...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A group representing the nation's independent pharmacies heralded two pieces of legislation that pertain to the safe disposal of prescription drugs.

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced its support of legislative efforts made by the House of Representatives and the Senate, which passed their respective drug disposal bills Wednesday and last month. NCPA also added that it was “a giant step forward to allow for controlled substances, which had previously been precluded from any disposal programs, to be included.”

September 20, 2010

An organization representing the nation's drug stores praised a House subcommittee's legislation that related to...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. An organization representing the nation's drug stores praised a House subcommittee's legislation that related to the safety of prescription drugs and the security of the drug supply chain.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores responded Tuesday to a "discussion draft" of drug safety legislation advocated by Reps. John Dingell, D-Mich.; Henry Waxman, D-Calif.; Frank Pallone, D-N.J.; and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., all of whom are members of the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee.