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Specialty Pharmacy Launches Care Management App Powered by Patient IO

Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy launches AllMetRx, a new care management app powered by Patient IO. With AllMetRx™, real-time treatment data is captured by caregivers and patients to monitor adherence, side effects, and other pertinent clinical data which is shared with providers and stakeholders. Show More Summary

Formulation scientists to rescue patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension

SINGAPORE: Researchers from the Pharmacy and the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering departments of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR) have designed formulations of...Show More Summary

Why Walgreens, UnitedHealth Bids For WebMD Make Sense

Digital health information company WebMD (WBMD) is reportedly seeking bidders that include Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), the giant pharmacy chain, and UnitedHealth Group (UNH), the nation’s largest health insurer. The news comes as large healthcare corporations like Walgreens and UnitedHealth have been making big investments in digital health, seeing information about [...]

The Government Forced These Christian Pharmacists to Sell Abortion Drugs, But They’re Fighting Back

A pro-life family that runs pharmacies in Washington State has been at the center of an epic battle over religious rights for years and now they’re taking their fight to the highest court in the nation. In 2007, abortion activists convinced the Washington Board of Pharmacy to pass regulations that force pharmacists in the state […]

Walgreens, CVS Want Doctor's Medicare Pay To Vaccinate

As the nation’s retail pharmacies move deeper into the business of providing healthcare services, they now want pharmacists to be paid by Medicare to immunize the nation’s seniors. Under legislation that is gaining rare bipartisan support and momentum in the U.S. House and Senate, particularly for a Congressional health bill, pharmacists [...]

Under fire for high prices, Valeant to sell some drugs for less at Walgreens

Stung by criticism that it jacked up the price of lifesaving medicines, Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday it will lower some prices though an agreement with Deerfield-based Walgreens, the nation's largest pharmacy retailer. Valeant said its "fulfillment agreement" will cut prices by 10 percent...

It’s not just cancer drugs — dermatology drug prices are soaring, too

A dermatologist in West Palm Beach sent out a routine survey to four major national chain pharmacies in his region last year, asking for the costs of six dozen commonly used medications, including acne treatments, steroid creams, psoriasis drugs. Steven Rosenberg and his daughter Miranda, a medical school student, had done this twice before, but in 2014, they […]

Independent Pharmacy Economics: Profits Steady, but Sales Down (Maybe)

Time for my annual look at independent pharmacy owners’ business economics, drawn from the recently released 2015 National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Digest, Sponsored by Cardinal Health. Here's the press release: NCPAShow More Summary

sPCMA Business Forum

A MESSAGE FROM sPCMAConnect with Specialty Pharmacy’s Most Influential Leaders The sPCMA Business Forum attracts the highest number of executives and decision makers from PBMs and the nation's largest specialty pharmacies of any industry conference. Show More Summary

Genoa Acquires Telepsychiatry Provider 1DocWay

Genoa, a behavioral health specialty pharmacy has acquired 1DocWay , the nation’s largest outpatient telepsychiatry provider that offers a simple, easy-to-use platform to connect mental health providers and patients. Through the acquisition...Show More Summary

Express Scripts and CVS Health Cut Ties With a Pharmacy Linked to Valeant

3 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The nation’s two largest drug benefit managers will cease doing business with Philidor Rx Services, which has been bolstering sales of products made by Valeant.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Express Scripts, CVS Caremark Cut Ties With Philidor Rx

Two of the nation's biggest pharmacy benefits managers, CVS Caremark and Express Scripts, both said on Thursday they are cutting ties with Philidor Rx after finding the noncompliance with provider agreements.

The Power of Formulary Non-Exclusion: Express Scripts Adds PCSK9 drugs

This week, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) Express Scripts announced that both of the new PCSK9 inhibitors—Repatha (from Amgen) and Praluent (from Sanofi/Regeneron)—will be on its National Preferred Formulary. Both products will be subject to extensive prior authorization and step therapy. Show More Summary

Prescription firm agrees to cover pricey new cholesterol drugs -- for some

The nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager said it will cover two new cholesterol drugs -- including one by Amgen Inc. -- that offer a valuable alternative to statins but carry a steep price. Express Scripts Inc., a St. Louis company that helps employers manage the costs of prescription drugs,...

OracleVoice: National Pharmacies Uses Cloud And Mobile To Get Closer To Customers

4 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

In a highly fragmented healthcare industry, National Pharmacies sees digital ties to its customers as critical to building loyalty online or in stores.

CVS won't require prescriptions for heroin life-saver | PennLive.com

CVS pharmacies has made the drug naloxone, which can reverse a heroin or painkiller overdose, available without a prescription in 12 states including Pennsylvania. The move comes amid a national epidemic of overdoses involving opiates,...Show More Summary

Strong Student Test Scores Place Skaggs School of Pharmacy at UC San Diego in Top 10

In 2014, only 10 of the nation's 132 pharmacy schools achieved a 100 percent pass rate on first-time attempts at the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). The University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was one of them, passing all 54 students who took the exam for the first time.

People Are Smoking Less Since CVS Stopped Selling Tobacco Last Year

5 months agoHealth / Addiction : The Fix

The pharmacy chain store was the first in the nation to ban the sale of cigarettes.

Your Pakistani Fake Viagra Could Kill You

The World Health Organization estimates as many as 50% of illicit online pharmacies are selling counterfeit medications. A 2014 annual report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in the United States concluded after sampling...Show More Summary

NIH Helps UC San Diego Researchers Repurpose Sanofi Pain Drug for Tropical Disease

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences has awarded James McKerrow, MD, PhD, director of the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, with a 2015 New Therapeutic Uses Award to test a chronic pain drug Chagas disease, a parasitic infection.

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