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  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 »


  08:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 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 »


  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 »


  04:44:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Approves Late-stage Prostate Cancer Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Xofigo, a drug for men in the advanced stages of prostate cancer, HealthDay News reports (via WebMD). Targeted to patients with late-stage, metastatic disease that has spread to the bones but not to… more »


  10:20:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 175 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Rx Spending Falls For First Time In Six Decades, Report Says

Last year witnessed a number of popular brand name prescription drugs losing their patent protection – a circumstance that led to a decrease in U.S. pharmaceutical spending for the first time since 1957, a new report concludes. According to The… more »


  05:01:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Approves Over-The-Counter Plan B Contraceptive For Women 15 And Up

Women and girls 15 years and older with a valid ID will be able to buy Plan B One-Step over the counter, MedPage Today reports. Previously, girls under the age of 17 required a prescription to purchase the emergency contraceptive. In its announcement… more »


  03:56:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Cancer Specialists Call For More Sensible Drug Pricing

Some influential cancer specialists have had it up to here with the high cost of prescription drugs, and have banded together to make their case to pharmaceutical companies, The New York Times reports. In a commentary published in the journal of the… more »


  04:32:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Offers Greater Transparency Through New Patient Website

To give Americans the opportunity to get a closer look at how medications receive government approval, the Food and Drug Administration this week launched a new website called the FDA Patient Network. According to MedCity News, the site serves as… more »


  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 »


  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 »


  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 »


  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 »


  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 »


  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 »


  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 »


  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 »


  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 »


  04:31:47 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 »


  04:25:27 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 »

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