Acquisitions and outsourcing keep pharma R&D on track

Consolidation of drug pipelines through acquisitions remains a key component of pharmaceutical research and development. Such M&A activity continues to involve both intra-pharmaceutical deals and purchases of biotechs by big pharma, according to a report from market researcher CBR Pharma […]

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Ranks of e-prescribers jumped 105% in 2008

Prescriptions routed electronically more than doubled to 68 million in 2008, rising from 29 million in 2007. And the increased participation by payers in e-prescribing enabled access to prescription benefit and history information for 65% of patients in the U.S, […]

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Care facilities implement pharmacy automation system

Indianapolis-based institutional pharmacy Wellfount is implementing the Talyst InSite pharmacy automation system at 40 licensed long-term care facilities. The Talyst (Bellevue, WA) system is a freestanding, secure dispensing unit located on site.   Medication orders from the facility are approved […]

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Big companies can do big volunteering

McKesson has mustered over 14,000 employees to do a volunteer project of assembling and delivering care packages to some 16,000 hospitalized US veterans. The project is part of McKesson’s support of National Volunteer week, which ran April 20-25. Volunteers assembled […]

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Express Scripts Announces Acquisition of NextRx

The agreement by Express Scripts Inc. of St. Louis to acquire WellPoint Inc.’s (Indianapolis) NextRx subsidiaries for $4.7 billion is largely being viewed in a positive light, both strategically and operationally. The combined pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) entity is expected […]

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