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November 14, 2010

Moving, in its own words, “beyond e-prescribing,” paperless platform provider Surescripts has begun expanding its...

NEW ORLEANS — Moving, in its own words, “beyond e-prescribing,” paperless platform provider Surescripts has begun expanding its nationwide e-prescribing network to allow doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals to exchange all types of clinical information.

November 14, 2010

The Bling is coming to Brookshire’s. Brookshire Grocery, a chain of more than 150 supermarkets...

MT. PLEASANT, Texas — The Bling is coming to Brookshire’s. Brookshire Grocery, a chain of more than 150 supermarkets and pharmacies operating in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, last week partnered with Bling Nation — a mobile technology platform that enables a new way to pay for groceries or prescriptions using only a mobile phone.

The tap-and-connect mobile phone capabilities available through Bling Nation also will allow Brookshire’s to connect with its customers through its Facebook page.

November 14, 2010

At a time when consumer takeaway is low and financial resources are limited, retailers and...

CHICAGO — At a time when consumer takeaway is low and financial resources are limited, retailers and suppliers need to dig beneath the surface to find creative ways to grow sales; it’s about exploring your hidden assets. And it was a key takeaway of a recent Elevation Forum meeting, held here last month.

November 11, 2010

The president and CEO of Agensys, a subsidiary of Japanese drug maker Astellas, will retire,...

TOKYO The president and CEO of Agensys, a subsidiary of Japanese drug maker Astellas, will retire, Astellas said Tuesday.

 

Donald Rice founded Agensys as UroGenesys in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1996 for the development of biotech drugs for treating cancer. Astellas acquired Agensys in December 2007.

 

Former Allergan SVP, head of global drug development and chief medical officer Sef Kurstjens will replace Rice as president and CEO of Agensys.

November 11, 2010

There currently are about 1,200 retail clinics and more than 100,000 certified immunizing pharmacists. Expect...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — There currently are about 1,200 retail clinics and more than 100,000 certified immunizing pharmacists. Expect those numbers to rise steadily as other employers looks to mimic Citi's free flu shot card program -- and you can bet they will.

(THE NEWS: Citi's flu care card pushes employers toward lower-cost retail channels. For the full story, click here)

November 11, 2010

There’s been quite an uproar following healthcare reform’s flexible spending account proposal that in January...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — There’s been quite an uproar following healthcare reform’s flexible spending account proposal that in January will force consumers to spend upward of $40 on doctor visit co-pays in order to save some $2.50 for every $10 spent on nonprescription items.

November 11, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association heralded the...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association heralded the withdrawal of two provisions from the Medicaid program that would have had retail pharmacies selling generic drugs at a loss.

 

November 10, 2010

Heading into the 2010 holiday shopping season, Americans appear ready to repeat unhealthy eating and...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Heading into the 2010 holiday shopping season, Americans appear ready to repeat unhealthy eating and exercise habits, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways well-being index released Thursday.

 

November 10, 2010

Sam’s Club locations on Wednesday kicked off “Hugo Salutes Our Veterans,” a national program that...

ALPHARETTA, Ga. Sam’s Club locations on Wednesday kicked off “Hugo Salutes Our Veterans,” a national program that will provide 36,000 Hugo folding canes free of charge to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance.

 

November 10, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for treating excess fat development in...

SILVER SPRING, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for treating excess fat development in patients with HIV, the agency said Thursday.

 

The FDA approved Egrifta (tesamorelin) for treating HIV patients with lipodystrophy, a condition in which excess fat develops in different areas of the body, such as the abdominal organs. The condition is often a side effect of the retroviral drugs used to treat the disease.

 

 

November 10, 2010

The Food Marketing Institute announced Wednesday the creation of the Center of Excellence for Food...

ARLINGTON, Va. The Food Marketing Institute announced Wednesday the creation of the Center of Excellence for Food Safety and Protection, uniting food safety experts and professionals from government relations, asset protection, food defense, supply chain management, health and wellness, sustainability and industry relations to address all aspects of food safety.

November 10, 2010

Save Flexible Spending Plans — a national grassroots advocacy organization sponsored by the Employers Council...

WASHINGTON Save Flexible Spending Plans — a national grassroots advocacy organization sponsored by the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation — on Thursday called on the new leaders in Congress to follow through on their campaign promises and fix problems with the healthcare-reform law, including the removal of to-be-imposed restrictions on employer-provided flexible spending accounts.

 

November 10, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday unveiled a new comprehensive tobacco control...

WASHINGTON The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday unveiled a new comprehensive tobacco control strategy that includes proposed new bolder health warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements. Once final, these health warnings on cigarettes and in cigarette advertisements will be the most significant change in more than 25 years.

 

November 9, 2010

Drugstore.com on Tuesday released a statement reminding flexible spending account participants that they need to...

BELLEVUE, Wash. Drugstore.com on Tuesday released a statement reminding flexible spending account participants that they need to use the money left in their accounts by the end of the year or they will lose it.

 

November 9, 2010

Watson Pharmaceuticals biotech subsidiary Eden Biodesign has signed a manufacturing agreement with Dutch biotech company...

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. Watson Pharmaceuticals biotech subsidiary Eden Biodesign has signed a manufacturing agreement with Dutch biotech company Crucell that will give Watson access to Crucell’s cell line technology, the two companies announced Wednesday.

 

Under the agreement, Eden will provide process development and current good manufacturing practice services using Crucell’s PER.C6 technology to licensees using the technology to develop vaccines and gene therapies.

 

 

November 9, 2010

Budget cuts in Washington state to its Medicaid programs have created a “perilous situation” for...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Budget cuts in Washington state to its Medicaid programs have created a “perilous situation” for retail pharmacies and their patients, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores warned on Wednesday, and could “pose danger as a precedent for other states across the nation as well,” according to the group.

 

November 9, 2010

PNC Bank has made its branded automated teller machines available for customer use in 135...

INDIANAPOLIS PNC Bank has made its branded automated teller machines available for customer use in 135 CVS/pharmacy locations throughout Indiana.

The PNC-branded ATMs, which are owned and operated by Cardtronics, are accessible to all CVS/pharmacy customers. PNC Bank customers will enjoy surcharge-free withdrawals and the ability to check their balances at 135 stores identified with a PNC logo in the window, PNC said.

November 9, 2010

According to a recently published Dow Jones report, state-funded tobacco-prevention programs quickly are becoming the...

NEW YORK According to a recently published Dow Jones report, state-funded tobacco-prevention programs quickly are becoming the latest casualty of constricting state budgets, prompting concern among public health groups around the nation's progress toward getting adult smokers to quit.

 

The number of adults who smoke has remained relatively steady since 2004 — 20.6% of the population were smokers in 2009.

 

 

November 9, 2010

Newly published findings indicated that infants fed a lower protein infant formula developed by Pfizer...

MADISON, N.J. Newly published findings indicated that infants fed a lower-protein infant formula developed by Pfizer Nutrition gained weight at a similar rate to those who were breast-fed, according to a study published online Wednesday in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

November 8, 2010

3M Skin and Wound Care has announced the relaunch of the 3M Cavilon professional skin...

ST. PAUL, Minn. 3M Skin and Wound Care has announced the relaunch of the 3M Cavilon professional skin care line, a range of products to help prevent skin damage from moisture, friction and adhesive trauma, following research and surveys of caregivers and clinicians.

The revamped line has new, innovative packaging to easily identify the right product for a specific need.

November 8, 2010

Duracell has expanded its Smart Power portfolio with a new charger that keeps devices connected...

BETHEL, Conn. Duracell has expanded its Smart Power portfolio with a new charger that keeps devices connected without the hassle of searching for an outlet.

Duracell's myGrid USB charger is compatible with virtually anything that can be connected with a USB cable. Its compact size makes it ideal for travel and convenient to have on hand as an everyday accessory for reliable extra power, Duracell said.

 

November 8, 2010

A vaccine for a bacterial infection that affects the gastrointestinal tract has been granted expedited...

SWIFTWATER, Pa. A vaccine for a bacterial infection that affects the gastrointestinal tract has been granted expedited approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis announced Tuesday that it had received fast-track designation from the FDA for its investigational Clostridium difficile vaccine. The FDA grants the designation to ease the development of new drugs and vaccines for serious or life-threatening conditions or unmet medical needs.

 

 

November 7, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first and only once-a-day metformin extended-release plus dipeptidyl...

November 7, 2010

Eli Lilly's acquisition of a leader in molecular imaging development could boost its Alzheimer's disease...

INDIANAPOLIS and PHILADELPHIA Eli Lilly's acquisition of a leader in molecular imaging development could boost its Alzheimer's disease drug pipeline.

November 7, 2010

The developer of a wireless mobile application designed to help manage diabetes announced that its...

SAN DIEGO The developer of a wireless mobile application designed to help manage diabetes announced that its program, which is downloaded every 29 seconds worldwide, is teaming up with a mobile phone manufacturer.