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Sandra Levy

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July 2020

A healthcare worker giving a test to a person in a car.

The Department of Health and Human Services will extend its partnership with national pharmacy and grocery retail chains in order to provide Americans access to COVID-19 testing.

Propafenone hydrochloride extended-release capsules had a market value of roughly $51 million for the 12 months ended May 2020, according to IQVIA.

June 2020

Approximately 99.6% of votes cast by Mylan shareholders were voted in favor of the proposed combination of Mylan and Upjohn.

Mexiletine hydrochloride has a market value of roughly $16 million, according to IQVIA.

DisposeRx has a new offering that can be customized by insurance plans to combat the opioid crisis.

Walgreens storefront.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is expanding its partnership with Microsoft and Adobe to deliver personalized healthcare and shopping offerings.

Rite Aid storefront.

Rite Aid customer donations during its annual Miracle Balloon fundraising campaign support treatments and healthcare services for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Colored pills.

Sol-Gel and Perrigo's collaboration on generics now covers 10 products.

Zydus Cadila’s generic Antivert tablets provide treatment for symptoms associated with motion sickness and vertigo.

Walgreens storefront.

Walgreens is teaming up with Greater Than AIDS to provide 10,000 OraQuick In-Home HIV Test kits in high need areas.

An empty boardroom with chairs.

David Evans, who most recently served as Cardinal Health’s interim chief financial officer, will join its board of directors on July 1.

CVS exterior.

CVS Health said it will continue to support the LGBT+ community, despite the new rule by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ comments calls electronic prescribing an important tool for improving patient health outcomes and combating the misuse, abuse, and diversion of controlled substances.

Schnucks storefront.

Schnucks' partnership with will bring local produce to the communities that the Midwest grocer serves.

A puzzle piece featuring a person.

Boutte's 20-year career includes chain pharmacy practice and key roles in government, as a clinical program manager at a health plan, and at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

CVS COVID-19 test drive-thru site.

CVS Health is adding 35 additional new drive-thru test sites to the 107 locations it has in California to address the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

An envelope with a check mark on a piece of paper.

The indication to treat non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis is the fourth FDA-approved indication for Novartis’ Cosentyx.

The capitol.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores board of directors' virtual meeting with the administration and Congressional leaders centered on policies essential to COVID-19 response, as well as pharmacy reimbursement reforms.

CVS Health’s Return Ready offers organizations a customizable COVID-19 testing solution, clinical protocols and reporting to meet their unique needs.

A hand holding a white pill bottle.

The ethacrynic acid tablet had a market value of roughly $17 million for the 12 months ended April 2020, according to IQVIA.

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AAM welcomed testimony in which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer said the free trade agreement currently being negotiated will not contain a provision requiring 10-years of biologic exclusivity.

Bausch + Lomb will be responsible for sales, marketing, and other commercialization efforts for biosimilar Lucentis, following regulatory approval in the United States and Canada.

Colored pills.

Rivaroxaban tablets — 10 mg, 15 mg and 20 mg — had a market value of $6.1 billion for the 12 months ended March 2020, according to IQVIA.

The American Pharmacists Association will recommend actions driving short- and long-term strategies to eliminate racism, discrimination, injustice and the marginalization of individuals within the profession and communities that it serves.

A DSN webinar featured three panelists who highlighted pharmacists' expanded role as vaccinators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fresenius Kabi’s Simplist MicroVault packaging supports diversion deterrence and secure dispensing of controlled substances.

A pharmacist at a computer.

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s 15-hour CE certificate accredited program on medication safety is aimed at pharmacists, nurses and physicians.

CVS exterior.

An in-store fundraising campaign to support the American Lung Association's COVID-19 Action Initiative will run at 9,900 CVS Pharmacy locations through July 18.

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, industry organizations issued a joint statement outlining best practices for pharmacies and PBMs to follow for documenting signature-free delivery or pickup of prescriptions.

A Walgreens pharmacist giving a patient a vaccine.

Walgreens is resuming immunization services ahead of flu season, with safety measures that adhere to new CDC guidelines.

Abbott's FreeStyle Libre 2 continuous glucose monitoring system does not require fingersticks.

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Merck’s acquisition of Themis is expected to accelerate the development of a measles vector-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate.

Pharmacy Quality Alliance CEO Laura Cranston will step down later this year once a successor has been identified.

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The Zytiga brand and generic had a market value of approximately $454 million for the most recent 12 months ended March 2020, according to IQVIA.

A New York law signed on June 17 will allow pharmacists to vaccinate New Yorkers against COVID-19 once a vaccine is available.

Pills coming out of a bottle.

Zydus Cadila’s generic Jadenu will be available in dosage strengths of 90 mg, 180 mg and 360 mg.

Tecfidera had a market value of roughly $3.78 billion for the 12 months ended April 30, according to IQVIA.

A pharmacist with a patient.

Steve Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, responded to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that he said ignores the role pharmacies and pharmacists play in patient health.

EatWell, A Natural Food Store by Schnucks, features organic produce, a natural living section, freshly squeezed juices and clean-label indulgences, the company said.

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Bansi Nagji, previously McKesson's executive vice president and chief strategy and business development officer, will serve as GoodRx's president of health care.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Steve Anderson will serve as chair of the American Society of Association Executives board of directors beginning Sept. 1, 2021.

The words approved in caps and red letters.

Valeo's ethacrynate sodium will be launched this summer.

Hy-Vee storefront.

Since the start of Hy-Vee's fundraising campaign, more than $1,082,000 has been raised to provide supplies to 17 Feeding America-affiliated food banks.

Pills spilling from a vial.

The FDA has revoked its emergency use authorization for the drugs to treat COVID-19 based on results from a large clinical trial that showed no benefit for decreasing death or speeding recovery.

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Jean-Michel Boers will succeed Wolfgang Baiker, as the company's U.S. country managing director, president and CEO, effective Aug. 1.

Vials of injectables.

Dr. Reddy's will manufacture remdesivir, Gilead's investigational antiviral therapy used to treat COVID-19.

CVS Pharmacy, through a partnership with DoorDash, is expanding its same-day home delivery offerings for health, beauty and wellness essentials.

Pharmacy Quality Solutions and Humana are piloting the first diabetes outcomes-based program within the EQuIPP platform.

A white pill bottle.

The Colcrys brand and generic had a market value of approximately $491 million for the most recent 12 months ended March 2020, according to IQVIA.

Injectable vials.

The product, a "follow-on" biologic of Sanofi's Lantus, has been approved in both vial and prefilled pen presentations.

CVS COVID-19 test drive-thru site.

CVS Health's new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Kansas will help enable the retailer's goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month nationwide.

A pill bottle with tablets.

Everolimus tablets had a market value of roughly $435 million in the 12 months endedApril 2020, according to IQVIA.

Three female pharmacists wearing masks.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging states to leverage pharmacists to provide flu vaccines this fall, and a coronavirus vaccine when it is available.

Injectable vials.

Pfizer's Nyvepria helps to reduce the chance of infection due to a low white blood cell count in people with non-myeloid cancer who receive anti-cancer medicines, including chemotherapy.

A hand signing a document.

Dr. Reddy's is acquiring Wockhardt's branded generics, which include respiratory, neurology, VMS, dermatology, gastroenterology, pain and vaccines.

Novartis is launching generic Afinitor tablets in dosage strengths of 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 7.5 mg.

Leucadia’s dihydroergotamine mesylate nasal spray is the first generic of Bausch Health’s Migranal.

Pill bottles of different sizes with pills.

MaxorPlus clients can choose Amber Pharmacy’s service model for members with organ transplant medication needs.

Pending approval by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, House Bill 20-1061, which has passed the Colorado House and Senate, will authorize pharmacists to prescribe and dispense HIV PrEP or PEP medications.

Hy-Vee storefront.

Hy-Vee’s donation in support of racial equality will be funded through the company’s philanthropic One Step program.

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An AstraZeneca merger with Gilead — which Bloomberg reported is being preliminarily discussed by the companies — would be a record-breaking deal in health care.

Pill bottles on a pharmacy shelf.

The Oseltamivir phosphate brand and generic had a market value of roughly $188 million, while the dofetilide brand and generic had a market value of more than $63.4 million.

Hy-Vee storefront.

Hy-Vee's 'Find Your Smile' campaign is geared for children and their families to learn about several dimensions of health and wellness.

A puzzle piece featuring a person.

Tom Rodgers is McKesson's new executive vice president and chief strategy and business development officer, succeeding Bansi Nagji, who stepped down March 31.

A pharmacist putting pills in a bottle.

Zydus Cadila's atazanavir capsules will be available in dosage strengths of 150 mg, 200 mg and 300 mg.

The capitol.

The National Community Pharmacists Association praised the Senate and President Trump's subsequent signing of a measure extending loan forgiveness from eight weeks to 24 weeks, or until the end of the year.

Industry organizations are urging federal and state authorities to increase security on pharmacies to prevent drug diversion and keep pharmacies open.

Chiesi Group’s Ferriprox (deferiprone) comes in twice a day 1,000-mg oral tablets, eliminating the midday dose.

Exhibit hall.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is unable to hold the Total Store Expo, as the planned venue, the San Diego Convention Center, is closed for events until September.

DSN asked several technology company executives what innovations they are offering to help supermarket pharmacies work efficiently to meet consumer demands during COVID-19.

Schnucks will serve as the platinum sponsor for drive-up high school commencement ceremonies.

Bartell's storefront.

Bartell’s collected $106,832 in donations to assist seniors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A female pharmacist at a computer.

Surescripts Real-Time Prescription Benefit for Pharmacy service helps pharmacists find cost-effective medication options for patients.

Meloxicam capsules had a market value of roughly $14 million, according to IQVIA data from March.

A gloved hand.

NACDS cited a federal study showing that the United States can vaccinate 80% of the nation seven weeks sooner by using pharmacies.

A man holding an FDA approved sign.

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment, 0.05% had a market value of approximately $15 million, according to IQVIA.

People wearing face masks.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to codify reimbursement of pharmacies for COVID-19 tests at the same rate as physicians.

A puzzle piece featuring a person.

Scott Knoer is the new CEO and executive vp of APhA, succeeding Thomas Menighan who is retiring after 11 years.

An illustration of an envelope with a paper that has a check mark.

The FDA has given the green light for new indication's for Lilly's Cyramz, and Taltz.

The capitol.

The Association for Accessible Medicines is highlighting to the Senate Finance Committee the factors that contributed to the resiliency of the generic drug supply chain throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

A female pharmacist in a stockroom.

A survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association found that 56% of pharmacists anticipate the pandemic will lead to an increased scope of practice.

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