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

3 weeks 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

4 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

6 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 › ]

Samantha Kourtis named ACT’s top business woman

6 months agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A woman who established a national model for community pharmacies extending their services beyond traditional medicine dispensing was named tonight the Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year. Samantha Kourtis,...Show More Summary

FTC Bans Diet Pill Seller from the Weight-Loss Business

kurhan/Shutterstock The maker of a line of diet supplements sold at the nation's largest pharmacies with the false promise that the pills would magically make users slender (they didn't) was banned -- at least, for now -- from selling...Show More Summary

U.S. drug agency expands drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs

8 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

In an effort to address the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse problem, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will now allow hospitals, clinics and pharmacies to collect unused prescription drugs.

CVS and Walgreens reportedly on board with Apple’s mobile payment plans

8 months agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

Apple has reportedly been working with several national retailers about supporting its mobile payment system, and now a new report suggests that two pharmacy chains, CVS and Walgreens, have agreed to join up with Apple to roll the system out in their stores. The system is expected to be built into the iPhone 6 when […]

CVS quits tobacco and shifts focus to health care

CVS Caremark stopped selling tobacco products in all of its CVS pharmacy stores this week, ahead of a schedule announced earlier this year. Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Calmon1 CVS, the nation’s second largest drug store-chain isShow More Summary

CVS Dumps Tobacco a Month Early

The nation's second-largest pharmacy chain has kicked its tobacco-selling habit a month ahead of schedule, removing cigarettes and other tobacco products at all 7,700 CVS stores. The smokes were taken off the shelves at midnight and replaced with stop-smoking aids like nicotine gum, reports the AP, which notes that...

Water leak at Barton building

8 months agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Firefighters have evacuated approximately 200 workers as a precaution from Pharmacy House, National Circuit and Brisbane Ave, Barton, following a water leak on the top floor. Crews were alerted to the water leak in the Plant Room following an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call at 1.03pm. The leak is currently being isolated by ACT Fire & Rescue [...]

TelePharm raises $2.5M for web-based telepharmacy platform

There’s still a lot of work to be done to get the nation’s pharmacies, big and small, connected with each other and with patients. For rural pharmacies this connection can mean the difference between solvency and closure. One Iowa City,...Show More Summary

Dachel Media Review: Measles Vaccine Failing, Blame Unvaccinated

By Anne Dachel Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. May 29, 2014, National Post (Canada): Measles outbreak worsening as U.S. officials...

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Professor Elected to National Pharmacy Leadership Role

Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., BCPS, was just named president-elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy after a national election by its members.

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