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People Are Smoking Less Since CVS Stopped Selling Tobacco Last Year

14 hours 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.

Rite Aid, HealthSpot Debut First Network of Telehealth Stations in Ohio

Rite Aid, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, announced today the opening of HealthSpot’s enclosed telemedicine stations inside 25 Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio. Through the HealthSpot telehealth station, customers will be able conveniently access a variety of quality healthcare services including pediatric care. Show More Summary

National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) Annual Meeting & Expo

National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) Annual Meeting & ExpoGaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention CenterNational Harbor, MD | September 29 – October 1, 2015The NASP Annual Meeting & Expo is the one, comprehensive national meeting for all stakeholders in the specialty pharmacy industry. Show More Summary

Oregon Sensibly Votes to Make Oral Contraceptives Available Without a Prescription

Good news from Oregon: Oregonians will be able to buy birth control at a pharmacy without a doctor's prescription beginning next year, potentially making the state the first in the nation to allow the practice. The bill was overwhelmingly approved in the state House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Show More Summary

Birth control will be available to women over the counter in Oregon

Oregonians will be able to buy birth control at a pharmacy without a doctor's prescription beginning next year, potentially making the state the first in the nation to allow the practice.

With One Billion Prescriptions, UnitedHealth Prescribes Future PBM Growth

UnitedHealth Group (UNH), buoyed by growth potential of its expanding pharmacy benefit business, raised its earnings outlook with the coming addition of a much larger drug management operation. The nation’s largest health insurer raised its net earnings outlook for 2015 to between $6.25 to $6.35 per share, up from $6.15 to [...]

N.I.H. Finds Contamination at Pharmacy

3 months agoHealth : NYTimes: Health

The National Institutes of Health said on Thursday that it had suspended operations at a pharmacy that is part of its clinical center in Bethesda, Md., after fluid used in experimental studies was found to be contaminated with fungu...

Zoloft as Ebola cure? Antidepressant is one of a number of promising drugs being looked at by scientists.

3 months agoHealth : The Checkup

What if the cure for Ebola were already in your local pharmacy?That's the question that Gene Olinger and his colleagues are trying to answer in a project funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and National Institutes of Health. Show More Summary

National Briefing | West: California: Policy Adopted Against Execution Drugs

5 months agoHealth : NYTimes: Health

The guidelines could make it tough for death penalty states that have been looking at made-to-order execution drugs from compounding pharmacies to solve a shortage of execution drugs.

Report: Specialty Drugs Drive Prescription Spending Jump

Matt Rourke/AP Prescription drugs spending jumped 13 percent last year, the biggest annual increase since 2003, according to the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager. Express Scripts (ESRX) said Tuesday that the jump was fueled...Show More Summary

Thursday morning feel good story

This morning’s feel good story comes from close to the TAH National Headquarters & Resort in West Virginia; The suspect entered the Good Family Pharmacy in Kanawha County Tuesday morning wearing a mask. “The guy was walking around with a mask on and my pharmacist joked, ‘He must be here to rob us,’” said owner […]

Rite Aid to pay $2B for EnvisionRx

Nation's third-largest drugstore chain will use acquisition to expand into managing pharmacy benefits

Gilead shares plunge after Express Scripts spurns its $1,000 hepatitis C pill

Gilead Sciences Inc., already under fire for the high costs of its hepatitis C drugs, took another hit Monday when the nation's largest manager of pharmacy benefits struck an exclusive deal with a rival drugmaker.

Gilead shares plunge after Express Scripts spurns its $1,000 hepatitis C pill

Gilead Sciences Inc., already under fire for the high costs of its hepatitis C drugs, took another hit Monday when the nation's largest manager of pharmacy benefits struck an exclusive deal with a rival drugmaker.

Pharmacy Deal Heralds Changed Landscape for Hepatitis Drugs

8 months agoHealth : NYTimes: Health

Express Scripts, the nation’s largest manager of prescriptions, has negotiated a “significant discount” for Viekira Pak, AbbVie’s new entrant into the notoriously expensive class of hepatitis C medications.

Profits Up Again for Independent Pharmacy Owners

Time for my annual look at independent pharmacy owners’ business economics, drawn from the recently released 2013 National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Digest, Sponsored by Cardinal Health. Here's the press release: NCPAShow More Summary

Apathy kills computers: Stay alive with these expert tips

Shedding light on the dark world of spamming, sketchy online pharmacies and the shady people behind devastating online account hacks, cyber-security expert Brian Krebs recently authored a new book entitled “Spam Nation”. The book details how a single hacked account can have … Continue reading ?

More than 2000 pharmacy students caught cheating in national exam

10 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Around 2,500 students were caught cheating on a pharmacy licensing exam earlier this week in Xi'an through the use of wireless ear pieces and "electronic erasers," CCTV reports. [ more › ]

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