CMS Summarizes Multi-Ingredient Policies to Combat Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

August 16, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memo Aug. 10 to clarify its Medicare Part D coverage policies for multi-ingredient compounds to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.  read more

CMS Loosens Medicare Advantage Restrictions to Drive Down Prices

August 15, 2018

Medicare Advantage plans can now use private-sector tools to negotiate lower prescription drug prices with insurers, according to a U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) press release Aug. 7.  read more

NCPA Asks Pharmacists to Complete 2018 Community Pharmacy Impact Census

August 14, 2018

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is asking for pharmacies’ participation in its annual Community Pharmacy Impact Census.  read more

FDA Speeds Up Sole Source Generic Process with First Approval

August 13, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved several strengths of potassium chloride oral solution, the first generic drugs under its new approval pathway meant to speed up the development and review of sole source generics, according to an Aug. 8 press release.  read more

CMS Allows Step Therapy Requirements for Medicare Part B Drugs

August 10, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new guidance Aug. 7 that recognizes Medicare Advantage plans may use step therapy for Medicare Part B drugs.  read more

FDA Announces Public Hearing on Future of National Drug Code

August 9, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a public hearing on the future format of the National Drug Code (NDC).  read more

FDA Continues to Promote New Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder

August 8, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance Aug. 6 outlining new ways to measure and demonstrate the effectiveness and benefits of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).  read more

Reverse Distribution Channel Exceeds $13 Million in Value, New Report Shows

August 7, 2018

Accounting for 3.5 to 4 percent of all pharmaceutical sales, the reverse distribution channel exceeds $13 billion in product value, according to a report published by the HDA Research Foundation Aug. 6.  read more

National Immunization Awareness Month Creates Opportunity to Promote Importance of Immunizations

August 6, 2018

This month marks National Immunization Awareness Month, an observance held to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Pharmacists and providers are encouraged to get involved.  read more

New Shingles Vaccine Can Minimize Severity of Shingles

August 3, 2018

The Shingrix® vaccine prevents shingles and can reduce the severity of shingles if contracted, according to a June 27 study published in the Journals of Gerontology.  read more