3 Trends in Obesity Rates in the United States
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
It’s common knowledge that obesity is a major problem in the United States, but what have been the trends in obesity rates over the years?
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
The 2015-2016 influenza season was remarkably mild compared to the previous 3 flu seasons.
Pharmacy Times Staff
Make sure to check out this week’s not-to-be-missed pharmacy headlines.
Krystle Vermes
The FDA has approved OPKO Health Inc’s calcifediol (Rayaldee) extended-release tablets for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in adults with stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease who are vitamin D deficient.
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Pharmacists were among the 301 individuals charged in the largest health care fraud takedown in history, both in terms of the number of those charged and the amount of money lost.
Katie Eder, Director of Content
The nasal spray flu vaccine sold as FluMist Quadravalent shouldn’t be used in any setting during the 2016-2017 flu season, according to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
For a short time, smokers in Kansas can obtain smoking cessation products for free.
Krystle Vermes
Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science Inc have received approval to begin a phase 1 human trial for a Zika vaccine.

Association News

ASHP has been selected as one of The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces for 2016.
To address the gap in children’s medicines, the World Health Organization and the International Pharmaceutical Federation today release new guidelines for health care professionals prescribing or supplying medicines for children when no authorized product exists.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association are urging adoption of a key TRICARE provision when House of Representatives and Senate negotiators work to reconcile differences in the House and Senate versions of the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
The Generic Pharmaceutical Association supports today’s introduction of the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act by the Senate Judiciary Committee
In feedback provided recently to the United States House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health related to a hearing on legislation to improve and sustain the Medicare program, the American Pharmacists Association cited pharmacists as a valuable, but often overlooked, member of the health care team.

Pharmacy Market News

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,
Amgen has announced the launch of the Breakaway from Heart Disease campaign to help make heart health a priority.
The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Mylan CEO Heather Bresch will be the first-ever CEO to participate in the Pittsburgh Pride Equality March on Sunday, June 12.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, has opened six new locations inside Target stores in South Florida.
Meijer has opened new 192,000-square-foot supercenters in Flossmoor and Round Lake Beach, bringing shoppers more convenient access to a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.
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