pharmaceuticals

Legacy Pharmaceutical Reduces Distribution Costs

January 28, 2016
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Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, which is headquartered in St. Louis, Miss., is not your typical contract packager, Dave Spence, chief executive officer, will tell you. The company has figured out a way to eliminate several steps from the pharmaceutical distribution model. Here’s how it works: The pharmaceutical manufacturer sends its products to Legacy in bulk, and […]

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Larksfield Place Transitions to Automated Medication Dispensing

January 26, 2016
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As hospitals and other healthcare facilities rapidly change to meet new demands and implement technology, post-acute care and skilled nursing facilities have lagged, often because of legal and policy issues. Larksfield Place, a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, has implemented a major initiative to transform medication delivery. President and Chief Executive Officer Reg Hislop came […]

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Palm Beach Orthopaedic Spearheads Post-Surgical DME Program

September 12, 2014
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Brian Bizub, chief executive officer of Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla., discusses two initiatives: implementing a post-surgical DME program and opening commercial pharmacies in physician group practice offices.  

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Wholesaler Provides Support that Saves Hospitals Money on Pharmaceuticals

April 8, 2014
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Within the field of drug distribution, an avalanche of branded drugs going off patent and the influx of multiple generic alternatives has materially changed market dynamics. National healthcare wholesaler and solutions provider H. D. Smith is taking advantage of the numerous savings that can be found within the drug market today by providing support to […]

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Advocates say FDA guidelines far too lax

November 5, 2010

For those who don’t know how the agency works, the following may come as a surprise, but it’s indeed the way the FDA does business.  While most state and federal agencies rely on regulations, and in most cases get really nasty when those regs aren’t followed, the FDA issues “guidance.” We’re talking voluntary guidance, not […]

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FDA rejects another obesity drug, raising questions about market niche

October 28, 2010

In theory, pharmaceutical companies have billions of reasons to develop and market an obesity drug, given the epidemic weight problem in the U.S. The reality, however, is that sales of existing drugs have been modest, in part because the drugs don’t produce dramatic results on their own.  Weight losses of 1 percent to 3 percent of body weight over […]

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Senator wants mental health med investigation

October 26, 2010

At present, both Medicare and Medicaid pay for very high volumes of psychiatric drugs for their beneficiaries. But is this a form of abuse, or just a response to the realities of the patients who have these benefits? Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), whose career has focused healthcare system regulation for some time, would like federal […]

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In the social media era, pharma detailing should go online

October 25, 2010
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Here’s an interesting tidbit from Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Vartabedian, who writes an intriguing blog called 33 Charts, posted an interesting item this week about the need for pharmaceutical companies to find a new, sophisticated ways to shift detailing online. Why does pharma need to […]

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China to drive growth of global pharma in ’11

October 8, 2010
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Recently, we reported that China was popular with investors looking to build new hospital empires or engage in M&A. That includes China Healthcare Corp., an ambitious venture backed by Frist money, as in Frist of giant hospital chain HCA. While it’s a bureaucratic  nightmare to get permission to build or operate there — or so we’ve […]

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