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03/18/13

  10:26:00 am, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Can Generic Drugmakers Be Held Liable For Flawed Medications?

The question of whether generic drugmakers can be held liable in the designs of their medications, even when the brand drugmaker’s design is followed, is about to be debated in the nation’s highest court. Reuters reports that the Supreme… more »

03/15/13

  10:15:30 am, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Health Care Price Inflation Slowest In 15 Years

Health care price inflation from January 2012 to January 2013 was only 1.5% – the lowest rate since December 1997, according to MedPage Today. “The Health Care Price Index was driven lower by declines in hospital, home health, nursing home,… more »

03/14/13

  01:43:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 201 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Taking Aspirin Linked To Lower Skin Cancer Risk In Older Women

Aspirin is sometimes referred to as a “miracle drug” – and exaggeration though that may be, there’s no denying that research repeatedly suggests it contains multiple benefits. The latest example is a study linking the drug to a… more »

03/13/13

  09:30:52 am, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Heart Patients Taking Too Many Drugs, Cardiologists Say

There’s a growing concern among cardiologists that heart patients are being overmedicated, and some think that certain drugs could be eliminated without risking patient health, Reuters reports. At recent scientific sessions of the American… more »

03/12/13

  11:13:18 am, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Drugmakers Go On Defense Against "Pay-To-Delay" Charge

The federal government and drug manufacturers don’t see eye-to-eye on so-called “pay-to-delay” deals – paid arrangements between brand-name and generic drugmakers to wait until a certain date before introducing lower-cost… more »

03/08/13

  05:30:37 pm, by MedBen5   , 366 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

Drug Pricing Disparity Demonstrate Importance Of Planning, Rx Resources

David Lazarus of The Los Angeles Times exposes the arbitrary nature of prescription drug costs from one manufacturer to another, from one pharmacy to another – and occasionally, from within the pharmacy itself: “Diane Shattuck filled a… more »

03/07/13

  12:11:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 165 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Spending On Private Rx Plans Fell In 2012

Total pharmacy spending by those with private health insurance decreased for the first time in two decades, a new report finds. And not surprisingly, generic drugs played a large role in that decline. According to Pharmalot, data complied by pharmacy… more »

02/26/13

  05:48:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 252 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Physician Groups Develop A Testing "Don't" List

Physicians continually strive to find the proper balance of patient testing between judicious and excessive. Last year, nine medical societies created a list of 45 tests and procedures they consider overused… and as it turns out, that was just the… more »

02/21/13

  05:38:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Generics Help To Control Overall Drug Cost Growth

Drug costs continue to see modest overall increases, due in large part to greater availability of lower-cost generics, according to a study in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (ASHP): “From September 2011 to September 2012, prescription… more »

02/11/13

  04:52:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Advanced Stroke Treatment No More Effective Than Drugs Alone, Studies Find

A stroke treatment that uses a device to clear a blocked artery is not as effective as hoped, three separate studies suggest. According to NPR, endovascular (within-the-artery) treatment combined with an intravenous dose of a clot-busting drug called… more »

02/05/13

  05:40:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 116 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Approves Generic Version Of Popular Cancer Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of Doxil, a cancer drug that has been in short supply of late. Reuters reports that the generic version of Doxil will be available in 20 milligram and 50 milligram vials. Doxil was… more »

01/11/13

  05:04:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Patients Bear Portion Of Cost For Generic Mistrust

P.J. Skerrett of The Harvard Health Blog reflects on a recent survey which revealed that 37% of physicians sometimes or often prescribed a brand-name drug over a generic when a patient requested it: “According to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association,… more »

01/03/13

  06:01:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Drug's Appearance May Affect Patient Adherence: Study

With a long-term prescription for a generic drug, it’s not uncommon for a pharmacist to substitute one version of the generic for another. And more often than not, the replacement will appear different than the original… which can leave the… more »

12/26/12

  12:09:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closes Early Today, But Online Services Available

Because of the growing winter storm in the Central Ohio area, MedBen will close at Noon on December 26, We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 27. Remember… no matter the weather, MedBen online services are always available! Our Our… more »

12/07/12

  03:43:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 166 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

2013 MedBen Formularies Now Available

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, 2013. If you still need a 2012 formulary, they will be… more »

12/05/12

  10:03:37 am, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Generic Drug Prices Down, While Brand Costs Are Rising

A new report reveals that costs of brand-name medications and their generic equivalents are on very different trajectories. A study by the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts of commonly-used medicines found that brand-name drugs increaased more… more »

11/28/12

  05:55:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Do Your End-of-Year Benefit Planning Now

As 2012 quickly winds down, The Los Angles Times has put together some end-of-year tips to maximize your health care benefits. Among them: Make the most of your deductibles. If you’ve met your annual deductible for 2012, now may be a good time… more »

10/29/12

  10:29:19 am, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

"Use-It-Or-Lose-It" Time Fast Approaching For FSA Members

A Wall Street Journal article serves as a convenient reminder to flexible spending account members that we’re fast approaching “use-it-or-lose-it” time for any remaining funds. Qualified medical purchases made on or before December… more »

10/15/12

  11:53:30 am, by MedBen5   , 155 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Closes Down 18,000 Illegal Pharmacy Websites

If the information superhighway feels a little safer to navigate lately, thank the Food and Drug Administration. Working with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies from about 100 countries, the FDA has taken action against more than… more »

10/10/12

  09:35:37 am, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Some Drugs Found To Be Effective Long Past Expiration Dates

Could extending the shelf life of prescription drugs help to lower health care costs? According to Reuters Health, Lee Cantrell – director of the California Poison Control System, San Diego Division, and a professor of clinical pharmacy at… more »

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