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01/11/12

  12:19:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Aspirin For Heart Disease Does More Harm Than Good, Researchers Say

Sometimes, it seems that not a week goes by that common wisdom doesn’t get turned on its head. Repeatedly, we’ve been told that taking aspirin regularly can help healthy people to prevent heart disease. But a new report says such advice is… more »

01/05/12

  04:28:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Cuts Several Generic Drugmakers Down To Size

The Pharmalot blog reports that when it comes to generic drugs, bigger is definitely not better. The FDA has put several drugmakers on notice that their drug applications will not be approved until the tablet size is more in line with the brand-name… more »

12/30/11

  05:29:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 312 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Four-tier Rx Plans Popular, But Needlessly Cumbersome

A recent survey by the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute found more employers offer prescription plans that reduce the price of generic drugs while asking employees to pay a greater share of the cost for brand name medications. Employee Benefit News… more »

12/28/11

  11:17:02 am, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Side Effects Shouldn't Be An Afterthought

Side effects listed on the labels of pill bottles are something most of us usually take for granted. They’re just there to cover the drug maker in case of a lawsuit – and besides, the really serious stuff won’t happen to me, right?… more »

12/22/11

  05:09:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Use Your Remaining FSA Funds Before 2011 Ends

If you contribute to a flexible spending account (FSA), it’s nearly time to “use it or lose it". Qualified medical purchases made on or before December 31, 2011 can be reimbursed from your FSA using 2011 funds, once proper supporting documentation has… more »
  12:57:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 194 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Obesity Strongly Influences Prescription Drug Use

If you’re carrying around a lot of extra weight, chances are that you’re also spending more on prescription drugs. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that obese people were using various medication types,… more »

12/20/11

  04:53:40 pm, by MedBen5   , 170 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription

2012 Drug Formularies Available At MedBen.com

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by Pharmacy Data Management, Inc. (PDMI) are now available at the Forms area of MedBen.com. The new formularies become effective January 1, 2012. If you still need a 2011 formulary, they will be… more »

12/16/11

  12:46:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Manufacturing Snafus Reason For Drug Shortages, Analysis Finds

As we’ve noted on this blog previously, hospitals nationwide have experienced shortages of cancer drugs and other vital medications. Now, a federal report examining the matter says the lack of supplies can be traced to factory production issues… more »

12/14/11

  01:39:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Generic Lipitor Rollout Results In Sales, Savings

The Wall Street Journal has been all over the “Lipitor goes generic” story lately. Days before the patent expired on the popular cholesterol drug, the paper complied a Users’ Guide to help patients better understand their prescriptions… more »

12/13/11

  12:17:26 pm, by MedBen5   , 153 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Government Regulators Warn Against HCG For Weight Loss

The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission are jointly cracking down on over-the-counter products containing HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone, Reuters reports. The regulators have issued warning letters to companies that… more »

12/12/11

  12:35:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Drug Combinations May Slow Advanced Breast Cancer

At the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium last week, researchers offered encouraging findings in the treatment of advanced breast cancer. Two large clinical trials demonstrated that administering medications in different combinations may slow the… more »

12/08/11

  12:28:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

HHS Secretary Rejects FDA Decision On "Morning-After" Pill

In an unprecedented move, Health and Human Services Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius has overruled the Food and Drug Administration on the approval of a controversial drug. The New York Times reports that contraceptive Plan B One-Step will be available… more »

11/29/11

  04:12:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 258 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

As Lipitor Goes Generic, Patients Have Questions

Starting tomorrow, Lipitor will face some low-cost competition, as the patent expires on the blockbuster cholesterol drug and generic versions enter the marketplace – including one by Pfizer, Lipitor’s manufacturer. Some Lipitor patients… more »

11/28/11

  10:51:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

CDC Launches Antibiotic Tracking Tool In Hospitals

In an effort to prevent overuse of antibiotics, the Centers for Disease Control has introduced an electronic tool to monitor the drugs’ use in hospitals. MedPage Today reports that while the CDC has followed antibiotic use in doctors’… more »

11/21/11

  03:51:48 pm, by MedBen5   , 183 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Rescinds Use Of Avastin For Breast Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration has revoked its approval of the drug Avastin as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer. According to NPR, the agency’s action follows more more than a year of deliberations and an unprecedented public hearing in… more »

11/18/11

  12:13:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 136 words,  
Categories: Prescription

Traveling By Air With Prescription Drugs? Take Safety Steps

If you plan to travel by air this holiday season, you know that some pre-planning is a must, if just so you can get through security with minimal pat-downs. And that goes double if you have to bring prescription drugs with you. The Centers for Disease… more »

11/17/11

  04:24:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 196 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Approves Bone Marrow Disease Drug; Panel Supports Expanded Pneumonia Vaccine Use

Doin’s at the Food and Drug Administration making the newswires today… The FDA has approved the use of the first drug to treat myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow disorder, the Associated Press reports. Created by Incyte Corp, the… more »

11/16/11

  05:19:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 164 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

AMA Supports Government Efforts To Curtail Drug Shortages

The American Medical Association voted earlier this week to support government legislation created to anticipate pending drug shortages, Reuters reports. An AMA resolution backed government efforts to ensure sufficient supplies of cancer drugs and… more »

11/15/11

  12:31:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

E-prescribing Increases Likelihood Of Patient Adherence

Greater use of e-prescribing could encourage more people to fill their prescriptions, a recent study suggests. Pharmalot reports that while such factors as cost and side effect concerns still influence adherence to prescribed medicines, the study… more »

11/08/11

  12:14:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Studies Warn Against Overuse Of Acid Reflux Drugs

A new series of studies suggest that people are too quick to reach for acid reflux drugs at the onset of heartburn. WebMD reports. Moreover, doctors tend to overprescribe the drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), for patients in and out of the… more »

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