Today’s 5 Biggest Stories in Pharmacy

Posted on December 9, 2010



Target’s ClearRx named Design of the Decade
Target called it “pharmacy rethought from the bottle up” when it was introduced more than five years ago. Now, the company’s breakthrough ClearRx packaging innovation for prescription drugs has been named Design of the Decade by the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Drug Store News

J.& J. Is Ordered to Pay $1.8 Million in Levaquin Suit
A federal court jury has ordered the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson to pay damages of $1.8 million in the case of an 82-year-old Minnesota man who claimed that the antibiotic Levaquin had caused him severe tendon injuries.
The New York Times

Senate approves deal to avoid cut in Medicare pay for doctors — at least for another year
The Senate approved a measure Wednesday to avoid a steep cut in Medicare pay for doctors by shifting some money from President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.
Associated Press

Influenza Virus Strains Show Increasing Drug Resistance and Ability to Spread
Two new studies raise public health concerns about increasing antiviral resistance among certain influenza viruses, their ability to spread, and a lack of alternative antiviral treatment options.
Science Daily

Government Must Push Standardized Health IT Language: Report
The federal government must help facilitate the adoption of universal standards to improve healthcare stakeholders’ ability to share electronic health data while maintaining privacy, according to a report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. A common language framework would assist in the adoption of electronic health record systems, the report states. The Hill, Report

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