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07/31/13

  03:51:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Finds No Link Between Diabetes Drugs And Pancreatic Cancer

Some recent concerns that certain diabetes drugs may increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer are unfounded, according to a spokeswoman from the Food and Drug Administration. Pharmalot reports that the agency’s conclusions about GLP-1… more »

07/30/13

  12:36:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Doctors Increasingly Disregard Back Pain Guidelines

Doctors increasingly prescribe painkillers and CT scans for the treatment of routine back pain even though clinical guidelines recommend otherwise, a new study revealed. According to the Los Angeles Times, researchers at Massachusetts’ Beth… more »

07/23/13

  10:25:03 am, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Birth Control Mandate Short On Details

The contraception mandate isn’t as broad as some critics make it out to be – but that doesn’t make the rule any less bewildering, POLITICO reports. A provision of the The Affordable Care Act, the mandate require employers to cover… more »

07/22/13

  11:02:46 am, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Patients Who Don't Take Blood Pressure Meds As Prescribed Raise Stroke Risk

Yet another good reason to follow doctor’s orders: A new study found that patients who don’t take their blood pressure medication as prescribed increase their risk of stoke and death, HealthDay News reports. By following patients with high… more »

07/18/13

  03:35:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Regular Aspirin Use May Lower Women's Colon Cancer Risk

A new study suggests that long-term aspirin use may reduce a woman’s risk of colon cancer, even if not taken daily, Reuters Health reports. Researchers found that women who took just 100 mg of aspirin every other day for at least 10 years ended… more »

07/17/13

  12:46:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Following Years Of Decline, Cholesterol Levels Have Flattened Out

Average cholesterol levels in Americans have stopped falling since 2008 – a development that has pharmaceutical companies scrambling to come up with a new class of drugs, The New York Times reports. A large analysis of patient records suggest… more »

07/16/13

  11:46:25 am, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Rx Database Offers Glimpse Into Doctors' Prescribing Habits

Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein explain their concern about little patients know in regard to how their doctors determine what medications to prescribe: “For most of us, evaluating a doctor’s prescribing… more »

07/15/13

  09:46:41 am, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves Drug To Treat Advanced Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced lung cancer, HealthDay News reports. Gilotrif (afatinib) will be available to patients with a specific subtype of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The agency approved… more »

07/11/13

  11:47:14 am, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Blood Pressure Study Shows Usefulness Of Pharmacist Relationship

While MedBen recommends that health plan members see their family doctor regularly, it’s also a good idea to rely on your pharmacist for guidance, as a new study of hypertension treatment demonstrates. According to HealthDay News, researchers… more »

07/10/13

  04:35:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 196 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Daily Aspirin Only Advisable When Prescribed By Doctor

So many studies have lauded the benefits of aspirin, it’s easy to conclude that a daily dose doesn’t hurt and may even help. But such thinking is unwise, the Cleveland Clinic’s Health Hub reports. While it’s true many doctors… more »

07/09/13

  05:13:16 pm, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

9 Out Of 10 Pharmacists Agree: Go Generic

Not every scientific endeavor aims for the fences. Sometimes, as NPR reports, researchers have more modest goals in mind – such as a simple explanation as to why more people don’t favor lower-cost generic pills: “Matthew Gentzkow, an… more »

07/08/13

  01:01:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Prescription Painkiller Use At An All-Time High

A recent New York Times article highlights America’s growing use of narcotic painkillers in the past decade. Once prescribed primarily for short-term discomforts, OxyContin and other popular opiods now provide relief from such chronic conditions… more »
  10:58:26 am, by MedBen5   , 223 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Proposal Would Increase Generic Drugmaker Flexibility -- And Liability

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a rule that would allow generic drugmakers to add new side effect information to their product labeling without first getting approval from the agency, Pharmalot reports. Currently, such drugmakers can only… more »

07/02/13

  01:54:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Approves Drug To Treat Hot Flashes

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Brisdelle, the first nonhormonal drug to treat menopausal women, The New York Times reports. Prior to its introduction, treatment had always consisted of hormone therapy. “There are a significant number of… more »

07/01/13

  12:08:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Final Contraceptive Rule Under Reform Law Released

The Obama administration has released a final rule regarding female contraceptive coverage under health care plans offered by religious groups, MedPage Today reports. The rule – a provision of the Afforable Care Act – takes effect January 1.… more »

06/28/13

  12:28:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription

FDA Shuts Down More Illegal Online Pharmacies

The Food and Drug Adminstration is continuing to take action against online pharmacies that sell illegal drugs. Following last year’s shutdown of 18,000 shady websites, the agency announced that another 1,600 sites are out of business. CNN… more »

06/25/13

  05:21:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 281 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Supreme Court Rules Generic Drugmakers Not Liable For Design

The generic drug industry scored a major win yesterday, when the Supreme Court ruled that patients who claim to be injured by generics cannot sue the makers for the design of their drugs. According to The New York Times, the 5-to-4 decision overturned… more »

06/20/13

  04:25:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 194 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Nearly 70% Of Americans Take A Prescription Drug

If you don’t take a prescription drug, chances are you know one or two people who do… or three, or four, or more, Drug Store News reports. According to a new study by the Mayo Clinich, nearly 70% of Americans use at least one prescription… more »

06/19/13

  05:04:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Avoidable Rx Costs Add Up To $200 Billion Last Year

Smarter use of prescription medications could have saved Americans $200 billion in 2012, according to a new study from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. These “avoidable costs", as the study calls them, lead to millions of unnecessary… more »

06/18/13

  10:11:09 am, by MedBen5   , 196 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Court Ruling Give FTC Greater Scrutiny Over "Pay-for-Delay" Deals

In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Federal Trade Commission can give additional scrutiny to so-called “pay-for-delay” arrangements between generic and brand-name drug companies, The New York Times reports. Justice… more »

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