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News and information on retail pharmacy, including generic drugs, branded drugs, specialty pharmacy medications, pharmacy technology and legislative updates.

Genoa Healthcare opens 9 new pharmacies across 7 states

Genoa Healthcare is celebrating the recent opening of several new pharmacies across seven states.

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Schnucks to close 3 St. Louis-area stores

Following three store closures, Schnucks will operate 112 stores, including 82 in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Allergan's proposed acquisition by AbbVie is expected to close in early 2020.

Faced with increasing competition from national chains, consolidation and declining reimbursements, the number of independent pharmacies has dropped.

Cequa is the first and only FDA approved cyclosporine treatment delivered with nanomicellar, or NCELL technology.

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Eli Lilly's Reyvow is a new option for the acute treatment of migraine.

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MinuteClinic video visits are now available in 32 states.

The divestiture of Rhofade is a key component of Aclaris’ recently announced strategic plan to refocus resources on the development of its immuno-inflammatory development programs.

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SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to prescribe PrEP and PEP to patient without a physician prescription and prohibits insurance companies from requiring patients to obtain prior authorization before using their insurance benefits to obtain PrEP or PEP.

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Aspirin and extended-release dipyridamole capsules have a market value of roughly $80 million.

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PTCB is introducing advanced Assessment-Based Certificate Programs in two specialty areas: Technician Product Verification and Medication History.

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DSN found some of the many pharmacists who do more than asked. Here are their stories.

Pharmacy consultant and industry expert Bruce Kneeland takes a look at an independent PBM business model focused on saving money and improving patient outcomes.

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Tecfidera capsules, 120 mg and 240 mg had a market value of approximately $3.7 billion for the 12 months ended in August 2019.

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Betamethasone dipropionate lotion (augmented), 0.05% had a market value of approximately $10 million for the 12 months ended August 2019, according to IQVIA.

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Paliperidone extended-release tablets had a market value of approximately $373 million for the 12 months ended July 31.

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As American Pharmacists Month kicks off, Walgreens is recognizing the roughly 75,000 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians it employs for their work in health and patient care.

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The FDA has approved Zydus Cadila's generic cholesterol-lowering drug.

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Pfizer is planning to launch its Avastin biosimilar, Zirabev, on Dec. 31, according to a

Alembic Pharmaceuticals is introducing its first ophthalmic glaucoma product.

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Roche's Rituxan now is the first and only FDA approved treatment for pediatric patients 2 years of age and older living with granulomatosis with polyangiitis or microscopic polyangiitis.

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Walgreens is acquiring nine of Novant Health’s retail pharmacies and the North Carolina-based health system will be opening clinics inside Walgreens stores. 

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Rite Aid has integrated Apriss Health’s NarxCare platform into its pharmacy workflow to help its pharmacists better identify patients at risk of prescription drug abuse and misuse.

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MinuteClinic Video Visits are now available in 32 states.

The business of educating pharmacists is not necessarily booming. In fact, the number of new pharmacy schools being formed today is stagnating, and the number of pharmacy school applicants has dropped dramatically compared with more than a decade ago.

Fresenius Kabi developed its fulvestrant injection prefilled syringe to be stable at room temperature, so that it doesn't require refrigeration.

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