Christine Blank
Contributing Editor Christine Blank is a freelance writer based in Florida.
Some customers say CVS pill bottles miss the target
Some customers are upset over CVS Pharmacy’s switch to different pill bottles than the ones Target has used for more than a decade.
First "artificial pancreas" for diabetes approved, plus 2 more FDA actions
FDA recently approved several medications and devices across several therapy areas: diabetes, weight loss and rare, auto-inflammatory diseases. Here are the top 3 new approvals.
FDA approves biosimilar to Humira
FDA’s pace of biosimilar approvals is picking up, as it approved two major drugs for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases in the past month.
Invokamet extended-release approved for diabetes
FDA recently approved an expanded use for Invokamet (Janssen): Invokamet XR, an extended-release combination drug to treat type 2 diabetes. The original Invokamet was approved by FDA in 2014.
New drug approved for heart patients
FDA approved once-daily Yosprala (Aralez), a fixed-dose combination of aspirin, an anti-platelet agent and omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), for patients who require aspirin for secondary prevention of cardiovascular (CV) and cerebrovascular events and who are at risk of developing aspirin-associated gastric ulcers.Here are the top 5 facts to know about Yosprala.
FDA approves first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Even though an FDA panel recommended against approving a new drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in April, the agency granted accelerated approval to eteplirsen injection (Exondys 51, Sarepta Therapeutics) in mid-September.
Pharmacy chains cited for selling e-cigs to minors
Select Walgreens, Rite Aid, and other chain drugstores were among those cited by the FDA for selling e-cigarettes, e-liquid, and cigars to minors.
California city requires pharmacies to collect unwanted Rx drugs
Santa Cruz, Calif. has become the first U.S. city to require retail pharmacies and drug manufacturers collect and dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.
CVS pharmacists must check PMP before dispensing opioids
The agreement between CVS and Massachusetts requiring the PMP check prior to dispensing opioids is believed to be the first in the nation.
PBM giants cut drug expenses
When Express Scripts and CVS Health announced their 2017 formularies on August 1, a common theme emerged among the healthcare giants: several blockbuster drugs will be removed from both companies’ formularies and lower-cost options such as biosimilars are being embraced.

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