Walmart Inc., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., CVS Health Corp. and Rite Aid Corp. told Reuters demand for flu shots at their U.S. pharmacies is up sharply – in some cases double from 2019 – as people try to protect themselves from influenza in the midst of a worsening Covid-19 pandemic.

Amazon.com Inc. will buy small online pharmacy PillPack, a move that will put the world’s biggest online retailer in direct competition with drugstore chains, drug distributors and pharmacy benefit managers.

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit accusing CVS Health Corp., one of the largest U.S. drugstore chains, of deceiving consumers with labels touting how CVS-branded vitamin E promotes “heart health.”

PALO Alto, Calif. – Blood-testing company Theranos continues to face scrutiny following a Washington Post report that alleges the company was attempting to skirt federal law by asking a Department of Defense official to intervene in an inquiry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2012, the Department of Defense raised concerns about […]

(Reuters Health) – Prescribing generic medicines instead of brand name drugs whenever possible cuts costs, improves patient adherence and improves health outcomes, according to a new recommendation from the American College of Physicians. “Generic medications are cheaper and patients are more likely to get those prescriptions filled,” said Dr. Amir Qaseem of the American College […]

PALO Alto, Calif. – More questions have arisen about the leadership structure at Theranos, following a Forbes column questioning decisions over stock splits and how much of a say shareholders in the private company have regarding company direction. Forbes columnist Peter Cohan cites a 2013 letter to shareholders asking support for the creation of two […]

Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc is willing to divest up to 1,000 stores to win regulatory approval for its acquisition of Rite Aid Corp, the Associated Press reported. Walgreens expects it will not have to sell more than 500 of its stores, AP said citing Walgreens. (bit.ly/1KVrkDa) Walgreens declined to comment. On October 27, […]

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc sought to reassure doctors on Monday that the company’s decision to cut ties to a controversial specialty pharmacy would not disrupt doctors’ ability to prescribe the company’s drugs to patients.   In a letter to healthcare professionals seen by Reuters, Chief Executive Officer Michael Pearson said that Valeant would pay for […]

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice in the third quarter related to its marketed medicines, seeking documents related primarily to its “good laboratory practices” in a bioanalytical lab. Good laboratory practices are rules that govern non-clinical safety studies, ensuring quality, integrity and reliability of data. Bioanalytical labs […]