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04/11/13

  05:15:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Morning Sickness Pill Makes A Belated Return

Three decades after it was removed from the shelves, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a return of the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness, the Associated Press reports. Once called Bendectin and now renamed… more »

04/10/13

  05:14:12 pm, by MedBen5   , 172 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Some Drugmaker Reps Tight-Lipped About Side Effects, Doctors Say

A new study of family doctors finds that 59% of drug company representatives typically share little to no information about their products’ side effects, according to HealthDay News (via WebMD). Additionally, salespeople tend not to warn doctors… more »

04/09/13

  02:51:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 299 words,  
Categories: Prescription

Regulations Artificially Inflate Drug Costs

Compared to hospital and physician care, prescription drug therapy is an inexpensive way to treat illnesses – but still not as cost-effective as it could be. The National Center for Policy Analysis has identified several “Unnecessary Regulations… more »

04/08/13

  09:47:01 am, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Judge Rules For Greater Access To Emergency Contraceptives

A federal judge ruled last week that the goverment must make the so-called “morning after” pill – an emergency contraceptive – available to all women regardless of age, HealthDay News (via WebMD) reports. Judge Edward Korman of… more »

04/05/13

  04:31:47 pm, by MedBen5   , 179 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Drug Shortages Force Patients To Seek Out Alternatives

Nearly a year ago, we noted on this blog that the problem of drug shortages, which reached record numbers in 2011, had shown signs of improvement. And while that may still be the case, some patients and pharmacies still struggle to procure needed… more »

04/03/13

  04:25:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

The Hospital That Refused To Carry An Expensive Drug -- And Why

David Kesterbuam of NPR shares the story of a hospital that dared to say “no” to a pricey new cancer drug, for a simple – and perfectly logical – reason: “Last year, a new drug called Zaltrap was approved as a kind of… more »

04/01/13

  03:06:59 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves First-in-Class Diabetes Drug

With the rise in U.S. diabetes cases – and correspondingly, its costs – it comes as no surprise that the pharmaceutical industry has stepped up its efforts to control the condition. And last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a… more »

03/28/13

  09:34:33 am, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Comparison Shopping Can Pay Off For Prescription Drug Patients

You can save some serious cash on prescription drugs if you shop around a bit, concluded a new secret shopping study by Consumer Reports. Katie Moisse of ABC News reports: “The magazine called more than 200 pharmacies across the country to request… more »

03/27/13

  09:27:37 am, by MedBen5   , 180 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

Former Generic Drug Manager Offers Peek Behind The Scenes

A former drug purchasing manager for Kaiser Permanente provides “An Insider’s View of Generic-drug Pricing“, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times: “Bob Toomajian worked for 16 years as Kaiser Permanente’s drug purchasing… more »

03/26/13

  09:45:49 am, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Congressional Bill Wants Greater Restrictions On Painkillers

Prescription painkillers could be more difficult to obtain if new legislation successfully wotks its way through Congress. Called the Safe Prescribing Act, the bill would move medications that contain hydrocodone, such as Vicodin, from a Schedule III… more »

03/25/13

  05:16:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 222 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Supreme Court Hears Rx "Pay-for-Delay" Arguments

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments on what’s been dubbed “pay for delay” drug contracts, in which brand name drug manufacturers settle litigation by making deals wirth generics rival to temporarily keep cheaper versions off the… more »

03/22/13

  11:43:08 am, by MedBen5   , 276 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Guard Against PBM Tactics, Warns Rx Expert

Presenters at MedBen Universities in 2013 will include members of the MedBen team speaking on a variety of benefits management topics. But we also invite outside health care professionals to share their knowledge. One such featured speaker at many MBUs… more »

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 »

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