Drug Topics

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Articles from Vol. 137, No. 5, March 8

AIDS Community-Based Trial Network Showing Results
"There was great skepticism," said Mathilde Krim. "When I first suggested in 1984 that people who were not part of the research establishment could set up a community-based system to conduct AIDS research, I was laughed out of the room. But now," Krim...
Carved-Out Rx Benefit Has Pitfalls, Says NPC Exec
In the world of preferred provider and health maintenance organizations, carved-out pharmacy benefits "are as inevitable as the dawn," said Kenneth R. Cohen, v.p.-managed care at the National Pharmaceutical Council.Carved-out (or "unbundled") Rx programs...
Chains Anguished by Squeeze on Profits by Third Parties
Third-party planners and administrators have gone too far, complained Daniel Kantor, president and CEO of Drug World Pharmacies and chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Small Chain Committed speaking at the opening session of the...
Deep-Discounters Ending Up in Deeper Trouble
Just as suppliers were noticing dramatic improvements at Phar-Mor Inc., the deep-discount chain reported that it had underestimated the damages from a fraud and embezzlement scheme.In a news release, the Youngstown, Ohio-based chain said the fraud amounted...
Dinosaurs about to Invade Drugstore Toy Shelves
Dinosaurs will be anything but extinct at the nation's drugstores during this coming year.That is the prediction from retailers who attended this year's Toy Fair, which was held last month at The Toy Building in New York City.Bolstered by the success...
Dispute over Voluntary Price Control Roils Health Care
Prescription drugs may well serve this year as symbols of the entire national debate over health-care reform. The issues raised about access, cost, payment, and quality apply in both micro and macro terms. However, when Rxs are the focus, the discussion...
Distressful Errors
Do the parents of a child who suffers harm as a result of a pharmacist's dispensing error have a right to recover damages for their own emotional distress, independent of any injury suffered by the child? Yes, ruled a California appeals court in Higgens...
Fragrance Diversion Lawsuit Turning into a Big One
What appeared at first to be a minor incident may now set the stage for the future of the diverted-fragrance market.During the summer of 1992, Drug Emporium was slapped with a copyright infringement suit involving Parfums Givenchy's Amarige fragrance....
His Life: Drugs, Pharmacy School, and Rock 'N' Roll
An Alabama pharmacy student not only marches to his own drummer, he's rockin' and rollin' to the beat of his own band.Mark Ray is a young man juggling two lives. By day, he's a student in his last semester at Samford University School of Pharmacy; by...
Influenza Plays Hopscotch across Country This Season
This year's influenza season has been a pharmacist's dream for Eugene Arbini; not only has his Missouri pharmacy been deluged with sufferers seeking relief, he's escaped the bug's bite...so far."It's been a pretty bad winter for people, but a good flu...
New Drugs of 1992 - Part 2
All in all, 1992 offered up a robust selection of anew chemical entities. The 11 newly approved drugs designated "priority" agents by the Food & Drug Administration were covered in Part 1 of Drug Topics' "New Drug Approvals of 1992" (Feb. 8 issue)....
PMA Might Back a Medicare Rx Plan for Outpatients, No Rebates
The brand-name drug industry has told the Clinton Administration that it might support a Medicare outpatient drug benefit, but indicated that it would oppose extension of Medicaid-like rebates. Through its trade organization, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers...
Professional Empowerment
Over the past several years--especially since the advent of OBRA '90--we have all been aware of the ongoing transformation of community pharmacy's landscape. With the ever-changing rules for product reimbursement and an emerging movement that favors...
Rx Delivery Service in Tune with Convenience
Trading off America's growing need for convenience and service, a turnkey delivery service firm is flourishing in drug and food chains.Launched after two and a half years of research and development, Shoppers Express will celebrate its sixth anniversary...
Self-Monitoring Drives Diabetes Device Sales
With a greater number of diabetics able to monitor their condition at home, revenues for diabetes monitoring devices are expected to continue on a growth spurt at least through 1999.Look at the figures. In 1989, revenues for diabetes aids and devices,...
The Future-Builders
Husband and wife team James A. Williamson, Jr., 40, and Anne Finamore Williamson, 36, owners of Sherby Pharmacy & Medical Equipment Inc. in Drexel Hill, Pa., see community pharmacists doing more monitoring, intervening, and counseling in the future....
The Taste Is Sweet as P2C2 Takes Aim at a Giant
"We've won a victory--a small victory, but a victory--and we're very excited about that," Shelly Schluter, executive director of Professionals & Patients for Customized Care (P sub 2 C sub 2 ), told attendees at the recent Professional Compounding...
The Thrifty Look May Be Changing One More Time
Los Angeles-based Thrifty Drug Stores continues to evolve. The 583-store chain, which has undergone numerous management changes in the past year, has opened a new prototype store in Monterey Park, Calif.The last new look it unveiled was under the direction...
Trade Treaty Presents New Hurdles, Opportunities
They could be living in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or some other state far from the border. It doesn't matter. Americans from all over the country are obtaining their prescription drugs from Mexico.The attraction, said Barry Coleman, pharmacy owner in El...
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