News

Chronic Insomniacs Have Higher Hypertension Risk
Eileen Oldfield, Associate Editor
What’s keeping insomniacs awake at night might also be raising their blood pressure.
Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP
Patients report acceptable clinical improvement and high satisfaction with a pharmacist’s advice on self-managing cough and cold.
Eileen Oldfield, Associate Editor
Reducing elevated blood pressure during pregnancy is safe for the expectant mother and her child.
Eileen Oldfield, Associate Editor
New research reports that the influenza vaccination rate among nursing home staff is only 54%, which may jeopardize their patients’ health.
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
A pharmacist in Bessemer, Alabama, has been indicted for Medicaid fraud after allegedly scheming with the mother of a terminally ill child, according to Georgia Attorney General Luther Strange’s office.
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.
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
Abbott has announced the US launch of its Technis Multifocal +2.75D and +3.25D intraocular lenses (IOLs), products that the manufacturer claims will improve the vision of patients with cataracts at multiple distances.

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 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy applauds 2 crucial provisions in draft legislation issued this week by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee that combat the abuse of controlled substances and payment fraud in the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program.
The Joint Industry Coupon Committee urged retailers to prepare for the retirement of UPC Prefix 5 barcodes from manufacturer coupons.
The American Psychological Association (APA) and four plaintiffs represented by the law firms of Tycko and Zavareei LLP and Wexler Wallace LLP have reached an agreement to settle their dispute about the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) practice assessment.
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.

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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