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Rite Aid donations help wildfire victims, kids charities

Rite Aid donations help wildfire victims, kids charities

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation this week announced donations to aid the wildfire relief effort in Southern California and help children through its KidCents program. A $100,000 donation is being made to the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities in Southern California affected by the devastating wildfires. “Our

Amneal to release Kenalog-40 generic

Amneal to release Kenalog-40 generic

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Biosciences is set to roll out triamcinolone acetonide injectable suspension 40 mg/ml, a steriod used to treat inflammation. Amneal said its triamcinolone acetonide product will be the only AP-rated generic equivalent injectable suspension available, with just the Kenalog-40 brand from Bristol-Myers Squibb currently on the market. “This important launch demonstrates the

PhRMA takes aim at opioid abuse, misuse

PhRMA takes aim at opioid abuse, misuse

WASHINGTON —  The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has launched a multiyear, multimillion-dollar initiative to help tackle the opioid abuse epidemic. PhRMA said this week that the effort includes a partnership with the Addiction Policy Forum to fund state and local programs, plus support for new public policies that help families and individuals

American Greetings debuts Wacky Wonderland cards

American Greetings debuts Wacky Wonderland cards

CLEVELAND — American Greetings is looking to get some laughs this holiday season. The greeting card maker this week introduced American Greetings Wacky Wonderland Christmas cards, which the company said are designed to shake up the holiday with irreverent humor. Wacky Wonderland Christmas cards feature unexpected characters that sing and bounce inside realistic snow globes,

Innovation outfits HealthWarehouse with PharmASSIST

Innovation outfits HealthWarehouse with PharmASSIST

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Online pharmacy HealthWarehouse.com plans to implement Innovation’s PharmASSIST Quick Start high-volume technology for its online/mail order pharmacy in Florence, Ky. Innovation said Wednesday that HealthWarehouse.com’s custom Quick Start system includes the PharmASSIST RDS robotic dispensing technology with Model 4 dispensers, which all count simultaneously and self-calibrate the dispensing of new medications.

HDA study gauges specialty drug market

HDA study gauges specialty drug market

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the specialty pharmaceutical arena, products in the autoimmune/immune and ophthalmology categories stand to grow in importance over the next 12 months, followed by oncology, central nervous system and inflammatory drugs, according to the HDA Research Foundation. Oncology still represents for the biggest share of specialty drug distributor sales volume, based on

Target to buy Shipt for $550 million

Target to buy Shipt for $550 million

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has agreed to acquire the same-day delivery company Shipt Inc. for $550 million in cash. Target said Wednesday that it will use Shipt’s proprietary technology platform and community of shoppers, along with its store network, to quickly and efficiently bring same-day delivery to consumers nationwide. Plans call for Target to offer

NCPA CEO urges federal action on PBMs

NCPA CEO urges federal action on PBMs

 At a health subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), called for legislative and regulatory action on pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) business practices to help rein in prescription drug costs. The hearing, titled “Examining the Drug Supply Chain”

Diplomat hires former BioScrip, CVS exec for PBM

Diplomat hires former BioScrip, CVS exec for PBM

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. has hired former CVS Caremark executive Chris Luthin as executive vice president of finance for pharmacy benefit management and integration. Diplomat said Luthin will oversee the integration process for two PBM acquisitions announced in November: National Pharmaceutical Services and LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services. Also in the role, he will be

Teva, Greenstone roll out Viagra generics in U.S.

Teva, Greenstone roll out Viagra generics in U.S.

NEW YORK — The first generic versions of Viagra, Pfizer Inc.’s blockbuster drug for erectile dysfunction, were launched this week in the United States by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Greenstone LLC. Israel-based Teva said it’s offering sildenafil citrate tablets in dosages of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg. Greenstone, a Peapack, N.J.-based Pfizer subsidiary,

Sanofi cleared to market Admelog mealtime insulin

Sanofi cleared to market Admelog mealtime insulin

PARIS — Sanofi has received Food and Drug Administration approval for Admelog, described as the first follow-on insulin lispro to help people with diabetes manage blood sugar levels at mealtime. Sanofi said Monday that Admelog (insulin lispro injection, 100 units/ml) will be available in both vials and the SoloStar pen, which is the most-used disposable

Pharmacists’ role in public health lauded

ARLINGTON, Va. — Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and Gigi Kwik Gronvall, senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, discussed the increasingly important role pharmacists are playing in public health in a recent op-ed published in Morning Consult. In the opinion piece,

Drug chains could benefit from ubiquity of AI

Drug chains could benefit from ubiquity of AI

NEW YORK — It sounds like a science fiction plot: machines and computers operating with intelligent and human-like behavior. But artificial intelligence (AI) is real and relevant to any task involving the intellect, and AI applications affect nearly all aspects of modern human life. In industry, AI is so ubiquitous that it often goes unnoticed,

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