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04/24/13

  12:26:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 301 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

Some Newer Generics No Bargain, At First

Leslie Ramirez, an internal medicine physician, observes that the price of some prescription drugs don’t drop much when they become first available in generic form – and considers why this is so: “Patients are used to paying a high… more »

04/19/13

  12:17:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Experts Consider FDA OxyContin Decision

Experts are weighing in on the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this week that drugmakers cannot produce generic versions of OxyContin, NPR reports. Because Purdue Pharma replaced its original version in 2010 with a more… more »

04/17/13

  10:25:32 am, by MedBen5   , 184 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Says "No" To Generic OxyContin, For Now

The painkiller drug OxyContin will not be available in less expensive form anytime soon, following a Food and Drug Administration announcement yesterday that it would not approve generic versions of its original formulation. The New York Times reports… more »

04/16/13

  05:28:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Lower Rx Bill Through Generics, Not By Skipping Doses

While the U.S. slowly recovers from the recession, many Americans look for ways to trim their budgets – and not every cost-cutting decision is in their best interest. According to Pharmalot, nearly 13% of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have… more »

04/15/13

  11:04:52 am, by MedBen5   , 163 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Drug Companies Tighten Belt On Doctor Freebies

“[Drugmakers] Pfizer Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC last year reduced payments to U.S. doctors by double-digit percentages, spending less money on dinners and other events where expert doctors are paid to give presentations to peers about drugs and… more »

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 »

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