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11/26/13

  04:26:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription

2014 Drug Formularies Available At MedBen.com

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by Pharmacy Data Management, Inc. (PDMI) are now available at MedBen.com – simply click on “Plan Sponsors” (for employers) or “Plan Members” (for insureds) and select… more »

11/22/13

  10:12:18 am, by MedBen5   , 248 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Have You Used All Your FSA Funds Yet?

Can you believe we’re less than six weeks away from 2014? For flexible spending account (FSA) plan members, the end of the year often means a mad scramble to use up remaining funds from their accounts… though a recent rule may change that.… more »

10/23/13

  04:14:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 369 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Promotes Prescription Plan Transparency -- And Maximum Client Savings

A recent Fortune magazine article paints an unflattering portrait of pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) that make huge gross profits from a non-transparent payment model. It’s a strategy that some third party administrators may shrug off as… more »

10/16/13

  05:07:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

We're Closing Early This Friday, But Online Services Always Open

On Friday, October 18, MedBen will be closing at 12:00 p.m. EST for a companywide recognition event. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 21. Although our client service departments will be closed early that day, you can still get answers… more »

09/11/13

  11:51:27 am, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Advocates Prescribing Long-acting Opioids Only For Severe Pain

In hopes of encouraging doctors to exercise more caution in the prescribing of painkillers, the Food and Drug Administration has introduced new labeling guidelines for opioid narcotics, The Los Angeles Times reports. The change will affect OxyContin,… more »

09/10/13

  11:56:31 am, by MedBen5   , 262 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Rx Coupons Not A Long-term Bargain

MedBen pharmaceutical plans encourage the use of generic equivalents whenever possible. Such medicines contain the same active ingredients as their brand-name counterparts, and are sold at a much lower cost. Understandably, brand-name drugmakers would… more »

08/30/13

  03:41:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closed Labor Day, But Online Services Ready To Help

The staff of MedBen would like to wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Labor Day! MedBen will be closed on Monday, September 2 and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. the following day. But even when we’re out of the office, our online customer… more »

08/22/13

  10:34:22 am, by MedBen5   , 190 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

CVS Revokes Dispensing Privileges For Providers Who Overprescribe Painkillers

In an effort to reduce the overprescribing of opioids, CVS Caremark Corp. announced that it has taken the step of cutting off dispensing privileges, Reuters reports. The company said its stores and its mail-order pharmacy will no longer supply… more »

08/21/13

  09:41:48 am, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Study Links Free Checkups, Single Pills To Lower Blood Pressure

Could a no-copay checkup mean the difference between high and low blood pressure? Possibly, a new survey finds. According to the Associated Press, Kaiser Permanente in Northern California monitored patients with high blood pressure over an eight-year… more »

08/20/13

  04:51:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 293 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Opioid Abuse Only One Part Of Costly Problem

While the issue of opioid painkiller abuse should naturally focus on getting help for those affected, there is also a financial factor that must also be acknowledged – for the employer, the doctor and the insurer, as well as the patient.… more »

08/19/13

  12:23:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 215 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

10% Of Americans Have Used Another Person's Prescribed Drug

One in 10 Americans admits taking a prescription drug he or she has not been prescribed… and not everyone uses them for purely medicinal purposes, Reuters reports. According to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll, about six in ten Americans who used… more »

08/08/13

  10:19:28 am, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Experimental Lung Drug Gets Support From FDA Advisory Panel

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration has supported approval of the experimental drug riociguat to treat two types of pulmonary hypertension, Reuters reports. The agency typically follows such recommendations. Produced by Bayer,… more »

08/05/13

  04:49:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

TV Commercials for Cholesterol Drugs Many Contribute To Overprescribing

Behold the awesome power of TV advertising: A new study found that adults exposed to commercials for cholesterol-lowering pills were 16-20% more likely to be diagnosed with high cholesterol and 16-22% more likely to be using a statin. And that’s… more »

08/02/13

  05:05:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

ACA Hospital Drug Discount Resulting In Higher Cancer Care Costs

As often seems to happen with government programs, good intentions sometime carry costly consequences. To wit: “The Affordable Care Act expands a program called 340B, which siphons money from drug makers and insurers to subsidize certain… more »
  04:58:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Acetaminophen Linked To Serious Skin Disorders, Warns FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has announced it will now place warnings on the popular pain reliever acetaminophen, better known as Tylenol. NPR reports that the goal of the agency’s action is not to make people nervous about using the drug, but… more »

08/01/13

  03:02:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Panel Recommends OTC Sales Of Allergy Nasal Spray

An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration has recommended that Nasacort AQ, an allergy nasal spray, to allowed to switch from prescription to over the counter (OTC). According to Medcape Medical News, the 10-to-6 vote supported the Sanofi… more »

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 »

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