Thursday, November 1, 2012


  • Mass. pharmacy board approves tougher rules for compounding pharmacies

    The new rules, approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, will for the first time allow the state to track the volume and distribution of drugs made by compounding pharmacies to determine whether they are operating more like a ...

  • Harsh punishments rare for drug compounding mistakes

    Compounding pharmacies, which mix specialized and hard-to-get medications from raw ingredients, have been tied repeatedly to illness outbreaks -- the Food and Drug Administration has recorded about 200 "adverse events" linked to 71 compounded ...

  • Pharmaceutical website helps patients find open pharmacies in states hit by ...

    By Associated Press,. Oct 31, 2012 11:03 PM EDT. AP. TRENTON, N.J. - The pharmaceutical industry has activated an emergency website to help patients affected by Superstorm Sandy find nearby pharmacies that are open. The pharmacy status site, called ...

  • Despite bacteria in labs, clean pharmacy report

    Shortly before a national fungal meningitis outbreak was linked to New England Compounding Center, the Framingham company sent customers a "Quality Assurance Report Card" trumpeting the cleanliness of its labs, even as internal tests showed ...

  • Zephrex-D: New Meth-Busting Decongestant in St. Louis Pharmacies in November

    As previously reported by Patch, Zephrex D is expected to be available in St. Louis area pharmacies in November. Since its maker and drug agents say it cannot be converted into meth, it will also be sold without a prescription in some counties that ...

  • Compounding pharmacies have long evaded the tight oversight governing ...

    Lawmakers' calls for tougher regulation of compounding pharmacies are nothing new. Over decades, there have been a series of attempts at the federal level to rein in a business that has largely evaded the kind of stringent oversight established drug ...

  • Barney's Pharmacy to advance HIV testing, outreach

    Jake Galdo, a clinical pharmacy educator at Barney's Pharmacy on Peach Orchard Road, hopes to reduce the stigma around HIV testing and the disease.

  • Pharmacy Becomes Benefit of Some Bayou Health Plans

    At this time, each health plan has an extensive network of pharmacies in Louisiana currently under contract, with nearly the same number or more pharmacies than participate in the Medicaid program today. At the request of pharmacists in Louisiana, DHH ...

  • Drugstores Struggle To Fill Prescriptions In Areas Hard-Hit By Hurricane Sandy

    In Hackensack, N.J., pharmacist Danny Nanna said his store, Hackensack Pharmacy, may be the only one filling prescriptions.

  • Interest expenses trip Catamaran in 3Q

    The combination created one of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, which manage prescription drug benefit programs for health insurers, employers and other groups by negotiating with drugmakers and pharmacies to lower ...

  • Pharmacy-made pregnancy drug under scrutiny after meningitis outbreak

    They also highlight the increased role of these pharmacies, some of which have begun to function as de facto drug manufacturers mass producing treatments for asthma, menopause and pain, among other conditions, but with far less oversight.

  • Hurricane helps Rite Aid monthly sales

    Credit Suisse analyst Ed Kelly wrote in a note Wednesday that front-end sales for retail pharmacies would likely see an increase due to people stocking up on items ahead of the storm.

  • Sellersville Pharmacy open in Sandy aftermath

    "We're seeing that pharmacies around here are not open, except us," Robert Frankil, owner of the pharmacy at 218 S. Main St., Sellersville, said the morning of Nov. 1. "We have gotten a half dozen calls this morning from people whose pharmacies are ...

  • The Sound of Silence

    Reading about the belated scramble by Massachusetts regulators to inspect the compounding pharmacies in their state in the wake of the meningitis crisis left me wondering about the apparent lack of federal oversight of the $3 billion compounding ...

  • Merger Of Pharmacy Managers Might Yield More Savings ESRX CVS

    Express Scripts (ESRX) has been working hard to expand its leading position in the pharmacy benefit management, or PBM, industry.

  • CVS brings MinuteClinic to Hendersonville

    ... 2012 at 5:48 p.m.. Last Modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 5:48 p.m.. CVS Caremark recently introduced its MinuteClinic concept at three pharmacies in Western North Carolina, including the store at 1605 Four Seasons Blvd. in Hendersonville.

  • Pharmacies May Close After Louisiana Medicaid Cuts

    Louisiana Independent Pharmacies Association President Randal Johnson called the amended plan, set to begin Thursday, horrible.

  • FDA: Pharmacy tied to outbreak knew of bacteria

    Compounding pharmacies like NECC traditionally fill special orders placed by doctors for individual patients, turning out a small number of customized formulas each week.

  • Second Mass. compounding pharmacy surrenders license

    (CNN) -- A second Massachusetts compounding pharmacy surrendered its license after state inspectors found "significant" issues that could affect sterility, state health officials said.

  • Compounding Pharmacies Feeling the Effects of NECC's Errors

    This is analogous to what's going on with compounding pharmacies in Florida and Massachusetts, now that the unsanitary conditions of the New England Compounding Center , NECC, have been linked to the current fungal meningitis outbreak.

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