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In a move that could be a tremendous boon to legitimate U.S. pharmacies, Google was smacked down hard by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In one of the largest forfeitures, Google has agreed to pony up a whopping $500 million for allowing online pharmacies based in Canada to advertise to American consumers through its AdWords program, which resulted in a lucrative illegal prescription drug trade. As part of the agreement, Google admitted that they improperly assisted the online pharmacies to advertise illegal sales and agreed to establish compliance and reporting measures to prevent future transgressions. [click to continue…]

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According to U.K. research firm EvaluatePharma Ltd., the next year or so will see an unprecedented number of common brand name drugs go off patent. This will open the door to generic medications for the most oft-prescribed drugs used to treat blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, HIV, bipolar disorder, and other common ailments. Over the next 10 years, about 120 brands will lose market exclusivity, and low-cost generics will flood the market. [click to continue…]

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CMS Introduces Donut Hole Program Guidelines

by pharmacy on May 26, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to address the Medicare Part D coverage gap for those receiving benefits for prescription drugs. The current plan includes a coverage gap, or “donut hole”, that suspends drug benefits when patients fall within certain limits of the plan. Early this year President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act which seeks to address the problem of the gap. The recently released CMS guidelines are the first step towards the eventual goal of closing the gap entirely. [click to continue…]

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Children’s Prescriptions on the Rise

by pharmacy on May 26, 2010

A report by Medco Health Solutions, Inc. found that prescription drug use by children increased more than adult drug use last year. The report cited a 5 percent increase among kids in comparison to an overall rise of 1.3 percent.

The highest jump was in anti-viral drugs use attributed to cases of the swine flu. Anti-viral drug use rose by 46 percent. Also increasing are drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes in kids as well as respiratory drugs used to treat breathing conditions such as asthma. [click to continue…]

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Gold Standard/Elsevier

by pharmacy on May 26, 2010

Gold Standard/Elsevier has announced that it will continue to publish drug price databases that include the average wholesale price (AWP) in addition to the calculated price types that include various markup percentages. The announcement comes as several other drug price databases have announced their intention to withdraw the AWP from their program price lists. [click to continue…]

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FDA Urges Consumers to Not Drink Lotion

by pharmacy on May 26, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration is responding to 121 known cases of consumers drinking Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel by asking consumers to pay close attention to the warnings not to ingest the topical gel. The 121 cases have been recorded between 2001 and 2009 and in most cases the bottle of topical gel was confused for ingestible liquid Benadryl products. [click to continue…]

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