Melanoma Drug Now Approved for the Treatment of Lung Cancer
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
The FDA announced today that it has expanded the indication of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s anticancer medication nivolumab (Opdivo) to include the treatment of patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer with progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
With the wide selection of available inhalers, this article sheds light on factors that can influence COPD treatment success.
Mary K. Caffrey, AJMC
The Supreme Court of the United States today heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that could make the 2010 Affordable Care Act unworkable in most states by eliminating premium subsidies for 7.5 million Americans
Krystle Vermes
The vast majority of health care professionals who administered a no-needle influenza vaccine this year would like to offer it again next flu season.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
Worried about potential drug shortages? There's an app for that.
Eileen Oldfield, Associate Editor
Using scare tactics to sway vaccine skeptics’ views tends to backfire, suggesting that pharmacists and other health care professionals should alter their approach to counseling these patients.
Krystle Vermes
Shire plc has submitted a New Drug Application to the FDA for its investigational compound designed to treat patients with dry eye disease.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
Labels of prescription testosterone products must now include information about possible cardiovascular and stroke risks associated with their use.

Association News

Roughly three-quarters of pharmacists said they would feel confident or very confident substituting an interchangeable biosimilar for its branded biologic counterpart if the two products share the same nonproprietary name.
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy applauds the House Ways & Means Committee for approving legislation that contains measures to prevent prescription drug abuse under the Medicare Part D program.
GPhA applauds the bipartisan reintroduction of the Food and Drug Administration Safety Over Sequestration Act.
Urging recognition of pharmacists as health care providers under Medicare Part B, NACDS cited that retail pharmacies are often the most readily accessible health care provider.
The National Community Pharmacists Association has written lawmakers to provide pharmacists’ feedback and recommendations to improve so-called "lock-in pharmacy” provisions within H.R. 1021.
The American Society for Consultant Pharmacists has announced it will host a discussion for all stakeholders in long-term care.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores expressed support for the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's recognition of preserving pharmacy access and choice for TRICARE patients.
Biosimilars are poised to dramatically impact patient care in the United States.

Pharmacy Market News

First Databank will be the primary distributor of Polyglot’s proprietary Meducation simplified patient medication instructions to the hospital, ambulatory and pharmacy markets in the US and Canada.
As of March 1, 2015, approximately 7,739,202 common shares of FMI (none of which were tendered by notice of guaranteed delivery) had been tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer.
Cordis is a leader in the development and manufacture of interventional vascular technology with 2014 net revenues of approximately $780 million.

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