WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment – PDF to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to lifesaving childhood vaccines and decrease the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks as children across the United States return to daycare, preschool and school.
Editor’s note: NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson has issued the following memo to NACDS members on an important advisory opinion issued late yesterday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was requested by NACDS, member companies and individual pharmacists: TO: NACDS Chain Members FROM: Steven C. Anderson,
ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has taken the fight for pharmacy care to an intriguing and potentially highly consequential arena. A federal agency will decide whether pharmacies should be included in the definition of “value-based enterprise (VBE) participant,” and NACDS’ comments answer that question with an emphatic yes. In a
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is resigning, effective in about a month. The 46-year-old Gottlieb, who has been commuting weekly to the FDA office here from his home in Connecticut, wants to spend more time with his family, an administration official told The Washington Post. Health and Human Services
NEW YORK — Drugmakers are increasing the price of hundreds of drugs by an average of more than 6%, according to a new analysis by Rx Savings Solutions. With pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to hold down prices mounting, many of the increases are relatively small. But some generics are seeing steep hikes, and overall
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The Trump administration’s blueprint to lower drug prices has put the spotlight on the rebates negotiated by pharmacy benefits managers with drug manufacturers. During a recent conference call, CVS Health president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo addressed the issue while making a spirited defense of the role of PBMs in containing
WASHINGTON — Former Eli Lilly and Co. executive Alex Azar has been confirmed by the Senate as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Nominated for the HHS secretary post in November by President Donald Trump, Azar was approved by the Senate on Wednesday in a 55-43 vote, mainly
WASHINGTON — The choices of Tom Price and Seema Verma for top health positions under Donald Trump have reaffirmed the president-elect’s commitment to toppling the Affordable Care Act. Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and fierce critic of Obamacare, was picked as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), while Verma,
It was just a blip — maybe you missed it — but health care was indeed mentioned in last night’s presidential debate in Las Vegas. And it wasn’t Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump that brought it up. During the discussion on the economy, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News tried to get the candidates to
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Again this year, Walgreens is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide more than $10 million of free flu shot vouchers for the upcoming flu season. The drug chain and HHS are distributing the vouchers via a range of outreach efforts, local events, and community and
SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell stopped at an H-E-B grocery store here, where she drew attention to the December 15 enrollment deadline for consumers who wanted their health insurance plans to become active on January 1. Although open enrollment for 2016 health insurance plans continued through
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promote myhealthfinder, an online health tool. CVS said Tuesday that it’s the first national partner to work with HHS to take advantage of the department’s technology-based tools, developed by its Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
WASHINGTON — The federal government is looking into the effect of generic drug price increases on Medicaid. The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will compare generic price increases between 2005 and 2014 to the inflation rate. The probe comes in response to questions raised about generics
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Highlighting the Obama administration’s partnerships with drug chains to boost health plan enrollment, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell last month toured a CVS/pharmacy store here. Burwell’s visit also was intended to urge people to sign up for health insurance by the February 15 deadline in the current open enrollment period