Pharmacy Kickbacks Lawsuit Spurs Novartis Settlement
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Novartis is paying $390 million to settle charges that it paid kickbacks to pharmacies to encourage drug sales.
Rachel Lutz
Anxiety sensitivity has been linked to more debilitating asthma symptoms and greater functional limitations.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Nasal corticosteroid sprays do not seem to be viable treatments for the common cold.
Rachel Lutz
Losing weight can help decrease the recurrence of atrial fibrillation in overweight patients.
Rachel Lutz
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently updated the recommended interval between the 13-valeant pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the 23-valeant pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine in low-risk elderly patients.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Driving under the influence of prescription drugs may be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
Rachel Lutz
Retrospective drug utilization review programs can reduce potentially unsafe concomitant opioid and central nervous system (CNS) medication use.
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise for the first time since 2006, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Association News

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week leads into NACDS Foundation Dinner, which makes possible new research to battle antibiotic resistance.
Demonstrating its commitment to advancing patient care, today the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced the launch of an 8 hour online continuing education program for pharmacists, nurses physicians and other healthcare professionals to empower patients to achieve positive health outcomes.
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula J. Eichenbrenner, CAE, as Executive Director of the AMCP Foundation.
Bradley J. Arthur, RPh, National Community Pharmacists Association president and co-owner of BlackRock Pharmacy and Brighton-Eggert Pharmacy in Buffalo, NY, testified today before a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.
Over 60 leaders from across the continuum of pharmacy practice, academia, industry, state boards of pharmacy and health care organizations gathered in Chicago, Illinois, on October 29-30, to participate in the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s invitational conference 40 Years Later: Current and Future Opportunities and Challenges in Continuing Pharmacy Education.

Pharmacy Market News

AstraZeneca has entered into an agreement with Perrigo for the divestment of US rights to Entocort, a gastroenterology medicine for patients with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease.
The boards of directors of Pfizer and Allergan have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will combine with Allergan.
Mylan has successfully completed the acquisition of certain women's healthcare businesses, now known as Jai Pharma, which were spun off from Famy Care Limited.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

CVS Health has announced that Repatha from Amgen will be added as the only PCSK9 inhibitor on the CVS/caremark commercial formularies.
CVS has unveiled savings for ExtraCare Rewards members during a three-day Black Friday sales event at all 7,900 CVS/pharmacy locations.
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