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November 18, 2011

NACDS and NCPA announced that they have sent joint letters to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, encouraging the rejection of an Obama administration proposal that would “saddle Tricare beneficiaries with higher prices and penalize their utilization of community pharmacists.”

November 17, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that the dates of the 2012 NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., have been changed because of an alteration in the 2012 congressional calendar.

November 16, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating a rare bone disease, the agency said Wednesday.

November 16, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new insulin-delivery system for Type 1 diabetes made by Tandem Diabetes Care, the company said Wednesday.

November 16, 2011

When its blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor loses patent protection this month, Pfizer is hoping that pharmacy benefit managers will not dispense a generic version of the drug to its customers, according to published reports.

November 15, 2011

The generic drug lobby is stepping up its efforts to persuade the congressional super committee to avoid adopting rules that would ban some patent settlements between branded and generic drug makers.

November 15, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired healthcare policy reporter Ben Moscovitch to serve as communications manager.

November 14, 2011

Colonial Life and Accident Insurance last week released its top five trends and predictions for health care in 2012 — three of which may have some direct impact on retail pharmacy.

November 14, 2011

Dietary supplement usage is up among Americans, according to a National Center for Health Statistics report released earlier this year — half of all U.S. adults supplement their diets, most likely with a multivitamin.

November 14, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for treating pain.

November 14, 2011

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has pledged $1 million to the creation of the world's first Global Food Safety Fund, an innovative public-private partnership that will be managed by World Bank, an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.

November 11, 2011

An appeals court has thrown out an attempt by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to stop Watson Pharmaceuticals from selling a generic contraceptive, Watson said.

November 11, 2011

Most American adults who smoke wish they could quit, and more than half have tried within the past year, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday.

November 11, 2011

Legislation that would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers, including pharmacies, by closing a loophole that puts them at a disadvantage with online retailers has received praise from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

November 11, 2011

Watson Pharmaceuticals is challenging Swiss drug maker Novartis' patent on a drug used to treat dementia, Watson said.

November 11, 2011

Watson Pharmaceuticals has launched its generic version of an opioid drug for treating pain, the company said Thursday.

November 10, 2011

Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., last week introduced a bill — the Dietary Supplement Protection Act of 2011 — that would reclassify approximately 25,000 supplements launched between Oct. 15, 1994, and Jan. 1, 2007, as "grandfathered" supplements and not subject to proposed new dietary ingredient regulations.

November 10, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a new drug application for a skin cancer treatment developed by Roche.

November 10, 2011

Employers and consumers alike are adopting health savings accounts as a viable way to manage their healthcare costs without compromising care, according to two national surveys released Thursday.

November 9, 2011

The Washington state government's cap on quaffable spirits popped open Wednesday as voters there passed a ballot initiative to allow private retailers to sell liquor, according to published reports.

November 8, 2011

In an amendment dated Nov. 7 and filed to the Securities Exchange Commission on Tuesday, Express Scripts reduced its termination fee by 32% to $650 million.

November 8, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday launched a website for patients and caregivers on the safe disposal of needles and other “sharps” that are used at home, at work and while traveling.

November 8, 2011

In response to a new second set of limits on generic drug pharmacy reimbursement that recently were proposed by federal Medicaid officials, the National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday reiterated its concerns with what the group characterized as the "flawed methodology" being used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine the payment caps.

November 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has appointed a new chief of staff for commissioner Margaret Hamburg, according to a letter sent to agency employees Monday.

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