The FDA found “unacceptable levels” of a cancer-causing impurity in limited testing using low-heat method of samples of heartburn medicines such as Zantac containing the ingredient ranitidine.

Eight drug companies urged a federal appeals court to disqualify the judge overseeing nationwide opioid litigation, in a last-ditch effort to avoid having him preside over a landmark trial.

In the wake of the discovery that some Zantac products may contain a carcinogen contaminant due to the manufacturing process, drug store retailers removed the antacid from shelves.

The Trump administration scrapped a proposal for lowering prescription medicine prices, backing down from a policy that would have required health insurers to pass on billions of dollars in rebates they receive from drugmakers to Medicare patients.

Eli Lilly and Co. pulled ahead in a three-way race with Amgen Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in attracting new patients to a new class of migraine drugs, and seeks to build on that advantage by stressing that the company’s therapy can completely prevent headaches in a small percentage of patients.

Expectations were high during 2018 for three new migraine drugs hitting the market from Amgen Inc., Eli Lilly and Co. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Priced around $7,000 each, the drugmakers called them “breakthrough” treatments designed to prevent migraines when taken year-round, and estimated that millions of patients could benefit. But a small group of medical experts who quietly advise U.S. health insurers on new drugs was not impressed, according to a private meeting held at UnitedHealth Group’s OptumRx offices in Chicago that was attended by Reuters.

The pharmaceutical industry’s greatest value lies in the quality of life that its drugs provide – plus the innovative programs that help support adherence and education.

CVS Health Corp. – a top U.S. manager of pharmacy benefits – added new migraine drugs from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Co. to the PBM’s list of covered drugs, excluding a rival treatment from Amgen Inc.

A group of health insurers, including CVS Health Corp.’s Aetna, have teamed up with IBM Corp. to create a blockchain network aimed at cutting costs in the healthcare industry.

CVS Pharmacy unveiled an initiative in U.S. stores, labeling photos of models in the drugstore chain’s beauty aisles to make it clear whether the images had been digitally altered.