NCPDP pursues a ‘universal patient identifier’

As of mid-year, the National Council for Prescription Drug Plans (NCPDP), a standards-setting organization for pharmacy-related practices, is halfway to its goal of attaching a unique code to nearly all US patient identities, the “universal patient identifier” (UPI). (As of […]

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FDA strives to tighten API repackaging operations

Some repackagers produce cartons or vials of prescription drugs, ready to be provided to patients; others are intermediaries in delivering active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to manufacturers, compounding pharmacies and others. Several businesses in the latter category have been issued warning […]

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AbbVie bids $63 billion to acquire Allergan

North Chicago-based AbbVie has presented a $63-billion, cash-and-stock offering to shareholders of Ireland-based Allergan, representing a 45% premium over the latter’s June 24 stock price. AbbVie expects the completion of the acquisition to take the rest of this year. In […]

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