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Archives for: July 2008

07/24/08

  10:40:13 am, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Discounts, Health Plan Management

Generics and the "Pass-through" Principle

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports on the practice of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) marking up the prices of generic drugs. The PBMs negotiate discounts with pharmacies, but rather than passing the full value of the discounts onto clients,… more »

07/17/08

  10:39:29 am, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Incentives

Lose Big, Win Bigger!

Competition and camaraderie are fueling employer efforts to help their employees lose weight, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. And as workers drop the pounds, employers are enjoying some sizable benefits. Wesley Willows, an… more »

07/10/08

  04:48:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: Discounts, Health Plan Management, Incentives

The “Guaranteed Discount” Myth

MedBen recently came across a “guaranteed discount” from a competitor that so defied belief, we thought we should share some of the details, as a public service. First, the competitor offered a “targeted” 43% discount guarantee – that is, the… more »
  10:43:13 am, by MedBen1   , 26 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

End of an era

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports that a new code of conduct among drugmakers may bring an end to free pens, pads and coffee mugs. more »

07/09/08

  12:48:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 167 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Incentives

Employer Wellness Incentives on the Rise

More employers are using financial incentives as a way to promote wellness in the workplace, according to a survey of 225 major U.S. companies conducted by the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and… more »

07/08/08

  04:48:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Incentives

Hit the Road, Tobacco!

Anytime is the right time for an employer to offer smoking cessation assistance as a wellness initiative, but several existing factors make such a program particularly attractive to employees nowadays – call it tobacco’s “perfect storm”: Current… more »

07/01/08

  02:40:57 pm, by MedBen3   , 198 words,  
Categories: Prescription

ETHEX Corporation Voluntary Drug Recall

The ETHEX Corporation has announced that it is voluntarily recalling several lots of its 30mg and 60mg morphine sulfate extended-release tablets. The recalled lots were distributed to pharmacies between June, 2006 and May, 2008. The recall is due to… more »