E-prescribing controlled substances now legal nationwide

Vermont became the last state in the nation to legalize electronic prescriptions for controlled substances — a measure that many states have adopted as a way to combat the abuse of controlled substances and prevent individuals from resorting to fraudulent paper prescriptions.  Read more ...

Cyberattacks on health systems on the rise

As many as 8-in-10 healthcare executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey. Read More ...

DSN, higi crown winner of first-ever Fit Pharmacist Challenge

Nearly 600 pharmacists signed up in June to enter the inaugural round of the Fit Pharmacist Challenge series, and Drug Store News and higi are proud to announce that Publix pharmacy manager Marlena Kelly, of Daphne, Ala., was the winner of the first edition of the contest.  Read More ...

Research: Long-term use of low-dose aspirin may reduce colon cancer risk

Long-term, continuous use of low-dose aspirin and nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can decrease the risk of colorectal cancer, according to research recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine and released by the American College of Physicians. Read More ...

Current news

Sandoz on Thursday announced that it had launched its Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) injection, a biosimilar of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim).
California state Sen. Jeff Stone, a former independent pharmacist himself, had one message for independent pharmacists during the McKesson ideaShare 2015 Public Policy session in San Diego — don’t just vote, get involved.
A year after deciding to end tobacco sales, CVS Health on Thursday released new data from a CVS Health Research Institute study that shows a reduction in cigarette purchases over the past year.
Bayer HealthCare on Thursday announced that it will sponsor community awareness efforts nationwide this September, in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
CARROT is a calorie counting app that takes a unique motivational approach.
The Food and Drug Administration this week approved expanded labeling for Janssen Biotech’s rheumatoid arthritis treatment Simponi Aria (golimumab for infusion).
Ancino this week launched its rivastigmine patch, a generic version of the Exelon patch which is intended for mild to moderate dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease
QS1 announced Wednesday that it would be partnering with business solutions company FDS to bring its customers FDS’s business intelligence software myDataMart.
Walgreens kicked off its third Get a Shot Give a Shot campaign on Wednesday which promises to provide a life-saving vaccine for every immunization administered at any Walgreens pharmacy, Healthcare Clinic or Duane Reade until Aug. 31, 2016
Sam’s Club on Wednesday announced that it will provide a fifth year of free diabetes screenings for the public.

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