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Kroger pharmacies integrate with Michigan PDMP

Kroger pharmacies integrate with Michigan PDMP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kroger pharmacies in Michigan have integrated Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) data and advanced analytics into their workflow to better track prescription drug abuse. Kroger’s integration into MAPS was facilitated by Appriss Health, a technology partner for Michigan’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). Appriss Health said Tuesday that Kroger can now directly

Teva gets FDA’s OK for Vantrela ER

Teva gets FDA’s OK for Vantrela ER

JERUSALEM, Israel — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has received Food and Drug Administration approval for Vantrela ER, an opioid pain medication with Teva’s abuse deterrence technology. Vantrela ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release tablets, CII) is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which other treatment options

McKesson to pay $150 million in DEA, DOJ settlement

McKesson to pay $150 million in DEA, DOJ settlement

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson Corp. has agreed to pay $150 million in a settlement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) involving its monitoring and reporting of suspicious controlled substance orders. McKesson said late Tuesday that under the administrative and civil settlements the DEA will suspend the company’s DEA registrations to

Four more states join NABP PMP InterConnect network

Four more states join NABP PMP InterConnect network

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Texas have linked to the PMP InterConnect prescription monitoring program data-sharing system administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and technology partner Appriss Health. With the addition of four states, NABP PMP InterConnect now has 37 states sharing PMP data over the network to

Cardinal Health settles civil portion of 2012 diversion case

Cardinal Health settles civil portion of 2012 diversion case

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health Inc. has reached a nationwide settlement with the federal government that resolves the outstanding civil penalty portion of its 2012 administrative settlement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Cardinal Health said it has agreed to pay $44 million to the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the settlement. The DOJ —

Walgreens deploys drug disposal kiosks in N.J.

Walgreens deploys drug disposal kiosks in N.J.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched its safe medication disposal kiosk program at 16 stores in New Jersey. The drug chain said drug take-back kiosks have been installed at stores in Carlstadt, East Brunswick, East Orange, Elizabeth, Elmwood Park, Hamilton, Jersey City, Millville, Neptune, Parsippany, Perth Amboy, Somerville, Toms River, Union and Waldwick. Installation of

QS/1 integrates with Appriss Health’s NARxCHECK

QS/1 integrates with Appriss Health’s NARxCHECK

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — QS/1 said it’s the first pharmacy management software provider to integrate partner with Appriss Health’s NARxCHECK into a pharmacy’s workflow. An analytics solution, NARxCHECK helps fight prescription drug abuse by giving pharmacies real-time access to data gathered by prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), QS/1 noted, adding that the integration comes as more states

Mallinckrodt donates Rx disposal pouches to 800 Walmarts

Mallinckrodt donates Rx disposal pouches to 800 Walmarts

CHESTERFIELD, United Kingdom — Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals plans to provide 160,000 drug deactivation pouches at nearly 800 Walmart pharmacies in seven states to help customers safely dispose of leftover prescription pain medications. Mallinckrodt said Thursday that it will offer the free pouches at Walmart locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

CVS expands no-Rx access to naloxone

CVS expands no-Rx access to naloxone

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has extended nonprescription access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone to five more states. CVS said Thursday that patients can now get the medication at CVS Pharmacy locations in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia without a prescription, allowing CVS Pharmacy patients to access the medication without an individual

CVS stores in Idaho can dispense naloxone without script

CVS stores in Idaho can dispense naloxone without script

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has begun providing naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversal medication, without a prescription at its drug stores in Idaho. CVS said Friday that its pharmacists will expand access to naloxone under prescriptive authority allowed by the state. The drug chain operates two stores in Idaho, in Nampa and Twin Falls. “Naloxone is

Efforts to stem prescription drug abuse heat up

Efforts to stem prescription drug abuse heat up

JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has lauded Walgreens for fighting the pervasive problem of prescription drug abuse and ­misuse. Ryan late last month appeared at a Walgreens outlet here, his hometown, to mark Wisconsin’s first in-store drug take-back kiosk. The retailer now has kiosks in 288 pharmacies in 21 states and

CVS to provide Narcan spray at discount

CVS to provide Narcan spray at discount

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has partnered with Adapt Pharma to make the opioid overdose-reversal nasal spray Narcan more affordable for uninsured patients at CVS Pharmacy stores. CVS said Friday that patients buying Narcan Nasal Spray (naloxone HCl) without insurance will get a $35 discount coupon, lowering the out-of-pocket cost by nearly 25%. Under its

Drug chains step up, do their part to curb Rx abuse

NEW YORK — Drug chains are spearheading efforts to fight prescription drug abuse through a range of initiatives. CVS Health reported that its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program has donated more than 500 drug collection units to law enforcement partners across the U.S. The donation resulted in the safe disposal of more than 35

Enactment of drug abuse bill praised by Rx groups

WASHINGTON — Enactment of a new law designed to curtail drug abuse while maintaining legitimate access to medications has been hailed by pharmacy groups including the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The legislation — which advances collaboration among health and enforcement authorities — is a positive step for people who have been affected by