GlaxoSmithKline says it is scaling back on acquisitions; Sanofi's CEO picks a regulatory fight; Maine wants to allow Ex-US meds; and New York State seeks to empower pharmacists.
Pfizer's online Viagra deal with CVS; reorg at the EMA; Mills moves up at Digitas
Remedy Health is looking to close the loop—and sell advertising off of it—with the launch of a service letting doctors, pharmacies and other healthcare providers send topical health content to their patients.
The deadly meningitis outbreak highlights the threat not only to public health, but also to the pharma industry, posed by the largely unregulated practice of pharmacy compounding.
The FDA issued Driving Innovation, a blueprint for fostering American biomedical innovation, reiterating a prior commitment to reform regulation and announcing policies aimed at facilitating personalized medicine.
In a blow to K-V Pharmaceutical, the FDA said it will not take action against pharmacies that make hydroxyprogesterone caproate, the active ingredient in K-V's recently approved pre-term labor prevention drug Makena.
Walgreens is hoping physicians will consider its "Prescription Savings Club" list of over 8,000 brand and generic drugs before deciding which script to write for underinsured or cash-strapped patients. Epocrates will provide point of care access to the list via mobile device starting today.
Novartis is capitalizing on rival J&J's woes with a giveaway of its new Triaminic OTC children's acetaminophen.
Patients not taking or refilling medications on time costs the pharmaceutical industry billions each year. The housing bubble and recession have helped write a new chapter in the compliance story, as higher numbers of new prescriptions simply go unfilled because patients either cannot afford, or are unwilling, to pay for them.
Pharmacies that counseled patients for a chronic COPD/respiratory drug saw an average increase in refill rates of more than 36% through the fifth fill, said McKesson.
Cardinal Health launched the Pharmacy Health Network in early August, serving up digital prescription and OTC advertising in 3,000 independent retail and franchised pharmacies nationwide.
Schering-Plough, Novartis, J&J, Wyeth and others are using Rite Aid's new "video values" site to offer coupons and information about their products.