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CVS forms new clinical affiliations in Illinois, Arizona

CVS forms new clinical affiliations in Illinois, Arizona

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has entered into clinical affiliations with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., and its Arizona Connected Care accountable care organization. CVS said Tuesday that through the clinical collaborations it will provide prescription and visit information to the health providers via the integration of

Health care: A cautionary tale

Health care: A cautionary tale

A column in the metro New York newspaper Newsday illustrates the type of scenario that the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, announced last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, is targeting in its efforts to promote health payment models based on the quality and efficacy of care, rather than the

Teva to acquire Auspex for $3.2 billion

JERUSALEM and LA JOLLA, Calif. — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. plans to purchase Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. Teva said Monday that the agreement will bolster its core central nervous system (CNS) franchise with the addition of Auspex’s portfolio of medicines for people who live with movement disorders. A biopharmaceutical

Par releases Nascobal B12 nasal spray in single-use device

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. — Par Specialty Pharmaceuticals has launched of Nascobal Nasal Spray, a prescription vitamin B12 supplement, in a single-use device. Available now at retail pharmacies, Nascobald is administered as one spray for one nostril, once a week. Each single-use device delivers one spray of 500 mcg of cyanocobalamin. Unlike the precursor multi-use glass bottle with actuator

Horizon Pharma to buy Hyperion Therapeutics for $1.1 billion

DUBLIN, Ireland, and BRISBANE, Calif. — Horizon Pharma plc plans to acquire biopharmaceutical company Hyperion Therapeutics Inc. in a $1.1 billion cash deal. Horizon said Monday that the agreement will increase its number of products from five to seven, notably through the addition of Ravicti and Buphenyl to its orphan business unit. Ravicti and Buphenyl

GNC, New York AG reach accord on supplements probe

GNC, New York AG reach accord on supplements probe

PITTSBURGH — GNC Holdings Inc. has reached an agreement with the New York attorney general that restores the full assortment of its Herbal Plus products to all stores in the state. Some of GNC’s Herbal Plus products were part of an investigation of herbal supplements by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who in early

PBMs OptumRx, Catamaran to merge in $12.8 billion deal

PBMs OptumRx, Catamaran to merge in $12.8 billion deal

NEW YORK and SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Reflecting the ongoing consolidation in the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) sector, UnitedHealth Group plans to acquire Catamaran Corp. in a deal valued at $12.8 billion. The companies said Monday that Catamaran would integrated into OptumRx, UnitedHealth’s freestanding pharmacy care services business and part of its Optum health services unit.

Full value of MTM not grasped

Full value of MTM not grasped

Cardinal Health’s Brad Tice said a closer look — actually, a broader look — needs to be taken at the full benefits resulting from medication therapy management (MTM). In a point-of-view article on Cardinal’s Essential Insights blog page, Tice — director of marketing and product management for performance and clinical outcomes at Cardinal — noted

NABP sets date for .pharmacy applications

NABP sets date for .pharmacy applications

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) plans to start accepting applications for .pharmacy domain names from all dispensing pharmacies on April 1. Applications from dispensing pharmacies will be accepted until April 30, and approved pharmacies may begin to register their requested .pharmacy domains as early as that date, NABP

Emerson Group makes flurry of exec appointments

WAYNE, Pa. — The Emerson Group has announced a series of executive appointments, including the hiring of a chief operating officer and an expanded role for president Rick Wellinger. The consumer products consulting and services firm, now in its 20th year of business, said late Thursday that Roger Gravitte is slated to join The Emerson

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy advocates head to the Hill

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy advocates head to the Hill

WASHINGTON — More than 350 pharmacy advocates from 44 states met with members of Congress during for this year’s NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Thursday that pharmacy advocates — including pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and others — held more than 450 meetings with lawmakers and

Former Walgreens merchandising exec Pugh joins Fred’s

Former Walgreens merchandising exec Pugh joins Fred’s

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former Walgreen Co. executive Bryan Pugh has been hired by Fred’s Inc. as chief merchandising and marketing officer. The discount general merchandise chain said late Wednesday that Pugh will develop new merchandising and marketing strategies and processes as well as enhance current ones. He will also be tasked with promoting stronger supplier

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