Concerns Persist about the 340B Program
Nan Myers
Created in 1992 as part of the Veterans Health Care Act, the 340B drug pricing program requires drug companies to provide discounts—sometimes as much as 50%—to covered entities, hospitals, and clinics that treat low-income and uninsured patients.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Supplementation could play a role in treating traumatic brain injury.
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) will soon have a new treatment option: Intercept Pharmaceutical Inc’s obeticholic acid (Ocaliva).
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Chronic health conditions are on the rise among children, especially those living in poverty.
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
A unique pharmacy startup called Capsule boasts that it’s “a pharmacy you’ll never visit, but might want to.”
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Unnecessary or inappropriate use of medications is a costly and potentially deadly problem.
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Women with acute coronary syndrome are more likely than men to experience a major adverse cardiac event and bleeding 1 year after undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
More than one-quarter of children with autism spectrum disorder and/or a combination of intellectual disabilities and developmental delays will wander.

Association News

“Experts agree: generic drugs drive savings, not costs. Generics saved the U.S. health system $254 billion in 2014, according to the most recent Generic Drug Savings in the U.S. report compiled by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics on behalf of GPhA.
ASHP is partnering with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide an online training course for hospital and critical access hospital (CAH) surveyors on pharmaceutical compounding and USP Chapter <797> standards.
Today, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association wrote a letter to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) expressing strong opposition to the Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act, a bill that would increase the cost of prescription medicines without addressing the root causes of drug abuse.
ASHP today announced the official launch of Standardize 4 Safety, a three-year, multiphase interprofessional initiative focused on creating and promoting national standard concentrations for intravenous and oral liquid medications.
National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, issued the following statement today in response to enactment of Oklahoma's S.B. 1150, legislation to boost transparency in generic prescription drug pricing and reimbursement.

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

Benzer Pharmacy is opening its first franchise pharmacy in Tampa, Florida.
The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will once again engage young golf fans with the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinics and Kid’s Center throughout tournament week held June 14-19.
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