Mark Lowery, Editor
Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.
Product updates for pharmacists 11-10-2015
New Rx, generics, OTC, devices, apps, and more.
New Hampshire medical board rejects governor’s strict opioid Rx proposal
The New Hampshire Board of Medicine rejected a set of rules proposed by Gov. Maggie Hassan designed to more closely regulate doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers.
Independent Washington pharmacy closes after 126 years
The Fairhaven Pharmacy in Bellingham, Washington closed its doors on Oct. 20, 2015.
CVS PBM to create 500 pharmacy jobs in Orlando
Caremark has gained approval and the promise of tax incentives to expand its business operations near Orlando, Fla.
Walgreens study: Pharmacist interventions improve med adherence, lower healthcare costs
When pharmacists closely monitor patients taking new medications, patients do a better job of sticking to their regimens and overall healthcare costs decline, according to a study recently released by Walgreens.
Rx overdoses declining in Oklahoma
The number of Oklahoma residents who died last year from prescription drug overdoses dipped slightly, which some state officials believe is an indication that some of its drug-abuse prevention efforts may be succeeding.
Ohio streamlining pharmacist access to patient drug histories
Ohio is set to become the first state to link its prescription drug monitoring program with electronic medical records already in existence.
Walgreens plans to buy Rite Aid for $9.4 billion
Walgreens Boots Alliance on Tuesday announced plans to acquire competitor Rite Aid for $9.4 billion. With assumed debt from Rite Aid, the deal would be worth $17.2 billion.
CVS starts annual health screenings program
Earlier this month, CVS Health began offering free health screenings in 20 markets across the country as part of its annual Project Health campaign.
Pharmacy CEO must pay $8.8 million in restitution
The former CEO of a Michigan pharmacy who spearheaded a scheme to restock and resell drugs retrieved from nursing homes and adult foster care homes has been ordered to pay $8.8 million in restitution.

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