New Spark Health app links pharmacist to patient

Creative Pharmacist unveiled the new Spark Health app, which provides community pharmacists weekly updates from their patients regarding lifestyle modifications and potential side effects of medications, among other notifications.  Read more ...

Coalition launches to protect access to OTC pain meds

A new coalition has formed to ensure safe access to over-the-counter pain relief remedies. Read More ...

Elsevier launches health information portal

Elsevier has joined the likes of WebMD with a patient-centric information portal covering all things health with its Health Library. Read More ...

Study: Certain diabetes patients widely nonadherent to vaccination guidelines

A new study from the American Diabetes Association has found significant nonadherence to vaccination guidelines among certain diabetes patients. Read More ...

Current news

Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon B. Johnson secured his place in history by signing into law the legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid.
Jean Coutu has taken steps to prepare its customers and pharmacists for the expanded services the pharmacy can now provide with the implementation of Bill 41, which amends the Pharmacy Act.
Drug Store News, in partnership with consumer health engagement company higi, has announced that Marlena Kelley, pharmacy manager at Publix’s Daphne, Ala., location, is the grand prize winner of its June 2015 Fit Pharmacist Challenge, sponsored by Splenda.
CVS Health and IBM on Thursday announced they will use predictive analytics and Watson cognitive computing for care management services for patients with chronic disease.
CVS Health has entered into two new clinical affiliations with Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Kansas and Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania.
The app Productive – Habit Tracker works to help people achieve daily goals and track how often they’re met — and could potentially be used as a medication reminder app.
The DEA announced on Tuesday that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place across the United States on Sept. 26 — except for in Pennsylvania and Delaware where the event will take place on Sept. 12.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and its member state boards of pharmacy are planning to enhance several of its examination and assessment programs to better reflect the evolving practice of pharmacy.
Statins will remain in prescription-only status following Pfizer's announcement Tuesday that the company is pulling the plug on its Rx-to-OTC switch application for Lipitor.
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Webinars

2015 Immunization Update for Pharmacists
Thursday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

2015 Immunization Update for Technicians
Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Opioids, Use or Abuse. How do you tell? (pharmacist)
Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Opioids, Use or Abuse. How do you tell? (technician)
Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. EDT