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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 »

06/13/13

  04:40:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 248 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Birth Control Pills Linked To Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

A recent study by Duke University School of Medicine supports findings that women who use oral contraceptives are less likely to develop ovarian cancer later in life, Reuters reports. Dr. Laura Havrilesky, who led the study, said, “It reinforces that… more »

06/11/13

  03:29:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Federal Government Approves OTC “Morning After” Pill For Females Of All Ages

The Justice Department recently stated it would stop fighting the order requiring it to remove age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the “morning after” pill, the Associated Press reports. The Food and Drug Administration has instructed Teva,… more »

06/07/13

  04:44:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA May Relax Restrictions On Diabetes Pill Avandia

A majority on a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted yesterday to ease safety restrictions on the former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, the Associated Press reports. The decision came after a new analysis suggested that the drug may not… more »

06/06/13

  04:59:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 174 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Aspirin A Cost-effective Way To Prevent Clots, Study Finds

The aspirin in your medicine cabinet may just as good and effective as expensive blood-thinning medication for preventing blood clots after major surgery, a new study suggests. According to WebMD, researchers in Nova Scotia followed 778 patients who… more »

06/04/13

  12:48:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Study Sees Decline In New Drug Effectiveness Over The Years

Newer doesn’t always mean better, as the saying goes. (Actually, we’re not really sure if there is such a saying – but if not, there should be.) And pharmaceutical research on published yesterday drives the point home. According to… more »

05/24/13

  08:43:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closed On Memorial Day, But Online Services Available

The staff of MedBen want to wish you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day! Our home office will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2012. During this time, please remember… more »
  08:33:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Health Care Apps To Make Your Smartphone Smarter

MedCity News showcases some cool (and in some cases, free) smartphone apps with the potential to help health care consumers make smarter choices: Pokitdok – A health marketplace with price transparency for health services, where consumers can… more »

05/17/13

  04:51:16 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Drug Companies Using Doctor Databases To Market Products

Drug marketing has come a long way from the days of plying doctors for details about their prescribing habits over lunch, The New York Times reports. Now, much of the insider information pharmaceutical companies crave is available through electronic… more »

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