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March 8, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Merz Pharmaceuticals has created two programs to provide financial assistance to patients using its drug for cervical dystonia, the company said Tuesday.

The programs — the Xeomin patient co-payment program and the Xeomin patient assistance program — cover Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA), designed to decrease the severity of abnormal head positions and neck pains in patients with the disease, which causes muscle contractions resulting in repetitive movements and abnormal postures.

March 7, 2011

The board of directors of Genzyme unanimously recommended that shareholders accept French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis’ $74-per-share buyout offer, Genzyme said Monday.

March 7, 2011

Late-stage clinical trial data for a Keryx Biopharmaceuticals drug to treat kidney disease will be presented at a medical conference in Las Vegas.

March 4, 2011

Gilead on Friday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has removed a boxed warning about a possible liver injury risk caused by the drug maker's hypertension treatment.

March 4, 2011

Hospira launched a new online resource that catalogs all of its products available in the United States.

March 4, 2011

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Delays or limits in the supply of flu vaccines can exacerbate disparities in vaccination rates among elderly whites, African-Americans and Hispanics, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

March 4, 2011

With pharmacists across the country now able to administer vaccinations, the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan came at just the right time.

March 3, 2011

In a letter penned Thursday by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, the association stated that while it shares the goal of reducing prescription drug costs, authorizing the reimportation of prescription medications — as sought in S.319, the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2011 — raises concerns about patient health and safety.

March 2, 2011

Assured Pharmacy on Wednesday reported that its same-store sales during the month of December rose more than 12% from the year-ago period.

March 2, 2011

Specialty pharmacy services provider MedPro Rx announced that it has expanded its Web portal.

March 1, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease made by Forest Labs, the agency said Tuesday.

February 28, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a GlaxoSmithKline drug for a rare blood disorder, GSK said Friday.

February 28, 2011

British drug maker Shire again is trying to win approval for a hereditary angioedema drug that the Food and Drug Administration had previously declined to approve.

February 25, 2011

Pharmacy benefit manager SXC Health Solutions had revenues of $1.95 billion in 2010, compared with $1.44 billion in 2009, according to an earnings report released Thursday.

February 25, 2011

More than 400 drugs are in late-stage clinical development or awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval as treatments for rare diseases, according to a report by the drug industry lobby.

February 25, 2011

Savient said its newest drug is the first and only therapy available to treat chronic gout in adult patients refractory to conventional therapy.

February 24, 2011

Sales at specialty pharmacy provider Accredo Health Group for the fourth quarter grew to $3 billion, a 21.3% increase over fourth quarter 2009, according to parent company Medco Health Solutions.

February 24, 2011

Novo Nordisk has filed for approval of a treatment for a rare genetic bleeding disorder, the Danish drug maker said Wednesday.

February 23, 2011

Drug maker Gilead Sciences plans to buy out a privately owned Seattle company that makes treatments for cancer and inflammatory diseases, Gilead said Tuesday.

February 22, 2011

Specialty pharmacy provider BioScrip has launched a Web service designed to connect healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers in order to help patients manage their medications and improve their overall care experience.

February 22, 2011

Sales at Medco Health Solutions increased to $16.9 billion during fourth quarter 2010 and to $66 billion for the fiscal year as a whole, representing respective 11.1% and 10.3% increases over the same periods the year before, the pharmacy benefit manager said Tuesday.

February 18, 2011

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Blood-pressure kiosks have become a ubiquitous site in retail pharmacies across the country, but like pharmacy automation and technology as a whole, they’re continuing to advance and offer new features.

February 18, 2011

In November 2010, The Drug Store News Group/Specialty Pharmacy magazine hosted in New York an exclusive executive round-table discussion of leading specialty pharmacy providers. Guest moderator David Galardi of Apogenics and the panel examine why more therapeutic classes are migrating to a specialty-preferred model, working with Medicaid, genetic testing and REMS.

February 18, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for a rare bleeding disorder.

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