Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Shaping Health Care In America Through M&A And Innovation

Law360-22 hours ago
Examples of these mega deals include CVS's pending acquisition of Aetna for approximately $69 billion; Cigna's pending acquisition of 

Merger sought on opioid lawsuits hours ago
... distributors AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and McKesson Corp.; and PBMs Express Scripts, Inc., CVS Health; United Health Group Inc., ...

CMS continues to investigate information breach of more than 90000 ...

MD Linx-7 minutes ago
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services is continuing to work with law enforcement to investigate a breach of discovered on October 16 ..

Restrictive Formularies May Put Patients at Risk

Pharmacy Practice News-19 hours ago
... inpatient formularies may raise the risk for medication errors during transitions of care, a team of pharmacists reported at the 2018 ASHP Summer Meetings.

Lower prices on meds are coming in 2019 from this huge pharmacy ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution-17 hours ago
Express Scripts — one of the nation's leading pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) for both private employers and government health plans — has announced ...

Express Scripts, Pharmacy Drama Ends With Last-Minute Deal

Express Scripts, Pharmacy Drama Ends With Last-Minute Deal

Law360-10 hours ago
The pharmacy benefit manager shot back with breach of contract counterclaims, arguing HM Compounding didn't collect required copayments from patients as 

Imprimis Gets $100K Knocked Off Allergan Sanctions Bill

Imprimis Gets $100K Knocked Off Allergan Sanctions Bill

Law360-11 hours ago
... there could be serious implications for lower-cost, compounded medicines. ... and product effectiveness for drugs used by patients with cataracts or glaucoma.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The New California Regulatory Scheme for Pharmacy Benefit Managers

The National Law Review-7 hours ago
California recently passed Assembly Bill 315 to create greater regulatory oversight of pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”). The bill requires PBMs to provide

Rx Fraudsters' Fate; Biased Nutrition Studies; 'Free Birthing' Firestorm

MedPage Today-11 hours ago
It's time for the Investigative Roundup, where we gather the best investigative reporting and news on healthcare each week. Drug Compounding Conspiracists ..

Meningitis trial: Emails show New England Compounding Center ...

The Tennessean-3 hours ago
The email from Barry Cadden to his staffers at the New England CompoundingCenter was one of dozens of company records entered into the record Tuesday ..
9 hours ago - 2. According to your response, you will “review with sterile compounding personnel, that sterile (b)(4) is the approved sanitizing solution.” However, it is unclear how or when you intend to obtain the sterile (b)(4) since you did not include a receipt or a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) for the sterile (b)

Russia set to see significant growth of drug prices in 2019

The Pharma Letter-22 hours ago
... according to recent statements by an official spokesman of the Russian PharmacyGuild, a public association, which unites Russian leading pharmacies and .

Amazon expands catalog of HIPAA-eligible AI services

Healthcare Dive-Nov 12, 2018
The company is also threatening to disrupt the retail pharmacy space with its acquisition of PillPack. The online pharmacy delivers presorted medicine to

Medicine shortages addressed in law

Australian Hospital + Healthcare Bulletin (press release)-10 hours ago
In any healthcare setting, when we are interrupted or tied up by 'administrivial' tasks, valuable face-to-face time with our patients is lost. For hospital pharmacists ...

'Instead of things being done to them, things are being done for them.'

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-8 hours ago
Echoing earlier comments, he said My Health Record would be a “real game changer” in the care Australians can expect from community pharmacy. “I say it's 

Takeda inches closer to $62B takeover of Shire

Becker's Hospital Review-20 hours ago
Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical is expected to gain European Union antitrust approval for its $62 billion acquisition of Shire, a London-based ...


Axios-3 hours ago
Federal regulators had criticized tech platforms over a proliferation of ads for illegal pharmacies. But the companies have done a lot to rein in those ads and to .

14 pharma companies post Q3 profits over $1B

Becker's Hospital Review-16 hours ago
In the U.S., patients spend more on hospital care and clinical services than they do on prescription drugs, yet pharmaceutical companies often pocket more of .

Employee share scheme changes on the horizon

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-7 hours ago
The Federal government is making it easier for small businesses to offer employee share schemes, in a move welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild. In a joint media ...

Should You Still Be Taking That Medicine? hours ago
Doctors and pharmacists bear much of the responsibility for making sure that patients aren't taking drugs for too long. These professionals should ensure that .

What rebates? Express Scripts touts a new plan to appease critics of ...

STAT-2 hours ago
The idea targets the complicated calculus used by drug makers and pharmacybenefit managers for negotiating formularies, the all-important lists of medicines ..

Community pharmacists 'on verge of closure'

Pharmacy in Focus-3 hours ago
More than 100 local pharmacists from across Northern Ireland met in Belfast recently to express their real frustration and anger about the lack of progress by the ...

AMA backs in-person import of Canadian Rx if safety is assured

American Medical Association-14 hours ago
Letting American patients import prescription drugs in person from licensed Canadian brick-and-mortar pharmacies has the potential to improve cost-sharing .

How Amazon is shaking up how you get prescriptions

Raconteur-13 hours ago
PillPack's founders, from a pharmacy and technology engineering background, focused on the booming number of adults taking five or more prescriptions.

Rx Borderland: How to save on prescription medications

KVIA El Paso-16 hours ago
"The pharmacist will actually call the physician and say the patient can't afford this brand name, is there something else we can give them," Chavez said.

How analytics can spot data relationships indicating opioid misuse

Health Data Management-17 hours ago
But it will take cooperation from several healthcare sectors including providers, payers and pharmacy management firms. These entities must understand the ..

Unannounced inspections could uncover low staffing levels, GPhC told

Chemist+Druggist-22 hours ago
Unannounced pharmacy inspections could help uncover poor practice such as low staffing levels, “a number” of pharmacy professionals have told the regulator.

Wholesaler gives medicines supply warning as pharmacies delay ...

Chemist+Druggist-22 hours ago
There are “major concerns” that patients in Northern Ireland will not receive their medicines if pharmacies keep defaulting on payments, a wholesaler has

Tips to help newly registered pharmacists prepare for revalidation

The Pharmaceutical Journal-22 hours ago
In 2018, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians joined doctors, nurses and midwives in being expected to undergo the revalidation process, demonstrating 

Community pharmacy programs in the spotlight

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-19 hours ago
An independent consulting agency that specialises in evaluating the health sector is currently conducting a review into the new and expanded 6CPA pharmacy .

Pharmacy won't fill Nevada Doctor's patients' prescriptions

KRNV My News 4-11 hours ago
The Board of Pharmacy and The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners are primarily responsible for enforcing the new law. Dr. Ridenour says neither state ...

Meet America's fastest growing pharmacy

Retail Leader-19 hours ago
Serving the uninsured market for prescription drugs enabled online only pharmacyretailer to grow sales at an enviable rate during the ...

Community Loses Only Pharmacy

KARK-9 hours ago
SHANNON HILLS, Ark. -- Filling prescription medication is getting harder in Shannon Hills with the town's only pharmacy set to close its doors this week.

Shot in the Dark - Shedding Light on the Opioid Crisis

KSNF/KODE - hours ago
Especially compounding. Some other things we do, something that not everybody is aware of so sometimes we can offer some options that they haven't been .
10/26/2018Greenpark Compounding PharmacyCenter for Drug Evaluation and ResearchDrug Product/AdulteratedNot Issued *

Friday, November 9, 2018

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new steps to strengthen and modernize agency’s oversight and reporting of inspections for sterile injectable drugs

Manufacturing inspections are one of the FDA’s most important tools for ensuring the quality of pharmaceutical products used by American patients. Inspections help us to identify manufacturing issues that could pose potential risks to patients, or problems that could contribute to drug shortages, enabling us to engage manufacturers to address and resolve issues. Because of the importance of the data that we gather from these inspections, there’s increasing need to more efficiently collect and analyze the information we gather during inspections to give us even better and timelier insight on the state of quality in drug manufacturing facilities and promote the ...

16 hours ago - The £1.012 billion total value of the prescriptions last year included £477million of drugs such as metformin, £350million of insulin, and £181million for ..
13 hours ago - Here are the top 10 states with the most prescriptions for ED medications: ... Utah is the state that has the fewest prescriptions for ED drugs.
19 hours ago - It is a topic that keeps coming up – can a pharmacist decline to fill a valid prescription because of personal beliefs?

Opioid deaths nearly double

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-7 hours ago
Pharmacy Guild Victorian branch president Anthony Tassone told the AJP that the harms highlighted in the report, particularly deaths from prescription opioids, .

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Law360-15 hours ago
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP must continue representing compounding pharmacies in an upcoming antitrust trial against Express Scripts Inc., as a Missouri federal ...

CVS acquisition of Aetna expected to close this month

Journal Inquirer-21 hours ago
In a statement accompanying a conference call with President and CEO Larry Merlo on Tuesday, the Rhode Island-based retail pharmacy company said it has 

AMA considers backing in-person importation of drugs from Canada

Becker's Hospital Review-15 hours ago
... and importation of prescription drugs obtained directly from a licensed Canadian pharmacy, provided such drugs are for personal use and of a limited quantity.

How pharmacists can help prevent an 'opioid crisis' developing in the UK

The Pharmaceutical Journal-3 hours ago
Teaching for pharmacists and doctors still predominantly concentrates on acute or palliative pain models. Yet, in the UK, chronic non-cancer pain is the most ...

CMS lifts "immediate jeopardy" status from Kanakanak Hospital

KDLG-15 hours ago
Kanakanak Hospital was in "immediate jeopardy" with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for dangerous pharmacy practices from late September to ..

More states, including Pa., are taking on pharmacy benefits managers ... minutes ago
Pharmacy benefit managers are supposed to save money for their clients – health plans that cover people with just about any type of insurance. But more and ...

Steps to Reduce the Risk of a PBM Audit

HME News-8 hours ago
... (iv) use of 1099 independent contractor marketing reps; (v) dispensing of large quantities of compounded drugs; and (vi) shipment of drugs via mail-order.
18 hours ago - Drug compounding, a practice where pharmacists mix drug ingredients to create a custom medicine suited to an individual patient's needs, has come under increased scrutiny since 2012.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

NPA: 'A lot' of errors occurring during 'handing out' process

Chemist+Druggist-1 hour ago
When the NPA asked pharmacists to specify where in the dispensing process errors were occurring, it identified that “a lot of mistakes happen...when the patient ...

Canada's HTA Body Releases Report on International Biosimilar ...

The Center for Biosimilars-1 hour ago
While the United States is the only nation to hold a legal definition of interchangeability that guides pharmacy-level substitution, a variety of other policies exist ...

PDA seeks more information on pharmacy owners' breaches in new ...

Pharmacy Business-22 hours ago
The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) demanded a revision of consultation document by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on new .

'The online pharmacy threat also brings opportunities'

Chemist+Druggist-1 hour ago
In increasingly difficult times in the community sector, pharmacy owners are looking for new income streams to support the NHS model. At the moment it is about .

What Role Does the Pharmacist Play with the Oncology Care Team?

Pharmacy Times-1 hour ago
In this clip, Maurie Markman, who spoke at the CFS Symposium held in NY this week, discussed with Pharmacy Times the role of pharmacists in managing ..