FDA Panel Backs Diabetes Diagnostic Device
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
An FDA advisory panel recently gave the green light for a hemoglobin A1C test to diagnose diabetes in certain care settings.
With so much emphasis on “reduced-fat” or “fat-free” foods, it could come as a surprise that studies have been conducted on the usefulness of the ketogenic diet for seizure control.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Could the world’s largest gay social network be an effective vehicle to offer free home testing to men at high risk for HIV?
Katie Eder, Director of Content
The FDA has just approved Sanofi’s lixisenatide (Adlyxin), a new glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist to improve glycemic control, in conjunction with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Katie Eder, Director of Content
The former owner of a pharmacy in Lexington, Kentucky, has been sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for stealing $1.1 million from a charity called Chronic Disease Fund.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Teva Pharmaceuticals has launched sumatriptan succinate injection, the generic equivalent of GlaxoSmithKline’s Imitrex, in 4 mg and 6 mg dosage strengths.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
A lifetime of smoking shortens life expectancy by a decade or more.
Melissa Laracy, PharmD Candidate, 2017
Migraine is the third most prevalent illness in the world, affecting 1 billion individuals worldwide.

Association News

“A new report from the Office of the Actuary shows that the cost of Medicare's catastrophic prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, largely because of rising brand drug costs."
The National Community Pharmacists Association announced that three teams of pharmacy students have been named finalists in the 2016 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is thanking 37 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have sent a letter to House and Senate negotiators, urging them to advance an important TRICARE pilot program as part of the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
More than 30 national health care decision-makers have gathered outside of the Nation’s Capital this week for an Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy event focusing on innovations in diabetes care that are producing changes to treatment options, patient engagement, accountability and patient-provider interactions.
The National Community Pharmacists Association today announced the establishment of a new Innovation Center that is intended to further assist and speed up the evolution of independent community pharmacies in a changing health care environment.

Pharmacy Market News

Merix Pharmaceutical has entered into a strategic business alliance with publicly traded Sarantis Group in Greece to exclusively market Sarantis’ European products throughout the United States and Canada.
Equashield has announced that the company’s flagship Equashield product has been selected the Gold Winner of the General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products category of the 18th Annual Medical Design Excellent Aware competition.
Pfizer Inc. and Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Anacor for $99.25 per Anacor share for a total transaction value of approximately $5.2 billion,

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Rite Aid's 4,600 stores nationwide are stocked with all the essentials to help students prepare for the upcoming school year.
CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Texas that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.
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