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ADHD Drug Now Approved to Treat Binge-Eating Disorder
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
Shire’s lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse) today became the first and only FDA-approved medication to treat binge-eating disorder in adults.
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauds the introduction of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which will improve patient access to health care through pharmacists’ patient care services.
Eileen Oldfield, Associate Editor
Measles cases in Arizona and elsewhere could soar as football fans pour into the state for the Super Bowl.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
A primary goal of managing atrial fibrillation is relief of symptoms that include dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Yet, it is symptomless in up to one-third of patients.
Krystle Vermes
Women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions than those without the hormone disorder.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA has approved Janssen Therapeutics’ darunavir and cobicistat (Prezcobix) for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) in combination with other antiretroviral agents for adults with no darunavir resistance-associated substitutions.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
Continuing pharmacy operations during air conditioning outages have caused CVS to pay New Jersey more than $500,000 as part of a settlement.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
The FDA today approved Bristol-Myers Squibb Company’s atazanavir and cobicistat for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults in combination with other antiretroviral agents.

Association News

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauds the introduction of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which will improve patient access to health care through pharmacists’ patient care services.
The American Brain Foundation announced today that former United States Vice President Walter F. Mondale has been named honorary chairman of its board of trustees.
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauds today’s introduction of H.R. 592, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which will improve patient access to health care through pharmacists and their patient care services.
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today would formally designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B. Supported by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the bill would amend The Social Security Act of 1935 to enable pharmacists to provide to Medicare patients in underserved communities services that pharmacists already are providing for other patients under state law.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of King v. Burwell, leading groups fighting chronic disease provide scientific evidence of the grave consequences if millions of people nationwide were to lose the tax credits provided under the Affordable Care Act that provide the financial assistance they need to afford health coverage.

Pharmacy Market News

The single tablet regimen is being evaluated in phase 3 clinical studies for the treatment of all 6 genotypes of hepatitis C.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

mscripts and Avella Specialty Pharmacy have recently completed analyzing data demonstrating the effectiveness of mobile pharmacy apps in helping HIV patients better manage their disease through improved medication adherence. Results from this analysis show that HIV patients using a mobile app which provides refill reminders, dosage reminders and other prescription management functionality are 2.9 times more likely to be adherent.
Fred's, Inc. today announced that it has named Michael K. Bloom as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, effective January 12, 2015. Bloom brings to Fred's more than 30 years of experience in small-box general merchandising, supply chain management and store operations.
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