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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625684/brand-medications-and-medicare-part-d-how-eye-care-providers-prescribing-patterns-influence-costs
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Paula Anne Newman-Casey, Maria A Woodward, Leslie M Niziol, Paul P Lee, Lindsey B De Lott
PURPOSE: To quantify costs of eye care providers' Medicare Part D prescribing patterns for ophthalmic medications and to estimate the potential savings of generic or therapeutic drug substitutions and price negotiation. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Eye care providers prescribing medications through Medicare Part D in 2013. METHODS: Medicare Part D 2013 prescriber public use file and summary file were used to calculate medication costs by physician specialty and drug...
June 16, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606975/drivers-of-expenditure-on-primary-care-prescription-drugs-in-10-high-income-countries-with-universal-health-coverage
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Steven G Morgan, Christine Leopold, Anita K Wagner
BACKGROUND: Managing expenditures on pharmaceuticals is important for health systems to sustain universal access to necessary medicines. We sought to estimate the size and sources of differences in expenditures on primary care medications among high-income countries with universal health care systems. METHODS: We compared data on the 2015 volume and cost per day of primary care prescription drug therapies purchased in 10 high-income countries with various systems of universal health care coverage (7 from Europe, in addition to Australia, Canada and New Zealand)...
June 12, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596826/field-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-common-anthelmintics-used-in-the-control-of-gastrointestinal-nematodes-of-sheep-in-dabat-district-northwest-ethiopia
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Zewdu Seyoum, Yitayew Demessie, Basazinew Bogale, Achenef Melaku
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) infections are the main impediments that restrict the welfare and productivity of small ruminant in the world. Effective management of GINs in grazing sheep relies heavily on the use of highly efficacious anthelmintic drugs. However, anthelmintic resistance is becoming a significant concern in the world, and this phenomenon severely threatens the potential utilisation of this control strategy. Therefore, this study was conducted 1) to evaluate the efficacy of commonly used anthelmintic on GINs in naturally infected sheep and 2) to assess the farmers' perception on anthelmintics utilisation practices in Dabat district, Northwest Ethiopia...
2017: Irish Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591520/targeting-unconscionable-prescription-drug-prices-maryland-s-anti-price-gouging-law
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Jeremy A Greene, William V Padula
Why, in the early 21st century, are so many drugs that were cheaply available in the 20th century becoming prohibitively expensive? The past few years have seen a series of dramatic price hikes on essential off-patent medications, from albendazole to albuterol, digoxin to naloxone, Daraprim to..
June 7, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558108/association-of-prescription-drug-price-rebates-in-medicare-part-d-with-patient-out-of-pocket-and-federal-spending
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Stacie B Dusetzina, Rena M Conti, Nancy L Yu, Peter B Bach
The increasing cost of prescription drugs is a burden for patients and threatens the financial stability of the US health care system. Rebates are a form of price concession paid by a pharmaceutical manufacturer to the health plan sponsor or the pharmacy benefit manager working on the plan's behalf. Proponents argue that rebates result from vigorous negotiations that help lower overall drug costs. Critics argue that rebates have perversely increased the costs patients pay out of pocket, as well as the costs for Medicare as a whole...
May 30, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549568/using-visual-analytics-for-presenting-comparative-information-on-new-drugs
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Jean-Baptiste Lamy, Hélène Berthelot, Madeleine Favre, Adrien Ugon, Catherine Duclos, Alain Venot
OBJECTIVE: When a new drug is marketed, physicians must decide whether they will consider it for their future practice. However, information about new drugs can be biased or hard to find. In this work, our objective was to study whether visual analytics could be used for comparing drug properties such as contraindications and adverse effects, and whether this visual comparison can help physicians to forge their own well-founded opinions about a new drug. MATERIALS AND METHODS: First, an ontology for comparative drug information was designed, based on the expectations expressed during focus groups comprised of physicians...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536176/cost-of-alteplase-has-more-than-doubled-over-the-past-decade
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Dawn Kleindorfer, Joseph Broderick, Bart Demaerschalk, Jeffrey Saver
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous alteplase (tissue-type plasminogen activator) has been shown to be cost-effective because of savings in long-term disability. In October of 2005, an increased DRG payment to hospitals for alteplase-treated stroke patients was introduced. We sought to describe the trends in the cost of alteplase over time, in comparison to trends in hospital reimbursement in the United States. METHODS: Using publicly available information on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website (www...
May 23, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533252/national-trends-in-prescription-drug-expenditures-and-projections-for-2017
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Glen T Schumock, Edward C Li, Michelle D Wiest, Katie J Suda, JoAnn Stubbings, Linda M Matusiak, Robert J Hunkler, Lee C Vermeulen
PURPOSE: Historical trends and factors likely to influence future pharmaceutical expenditures are discussed, and projections are made for drug spending in 2017 in nonfederal hospitals, clinics, and overall (all sectors). METHODS: Drug expenditure data through calendar year 2016 were obtained from the QuintilesIMS National Sales Perspectives database and analyzed. Other factors that may influence drug spending in hospitals and clinics in 2017, including new drug approvals and patent expirations, were also reviewed...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520697/prescription-drug-prices-in-the-us
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May 22, 2017: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491312/neuroleptic-malignant-syndrome-following-catatonia-vigilance-is-the-price-of-antipsychotic-prescription
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Thomas J Reilly, Sean Cross, David M Taylor, Richard Haslam, Sophie C Tomlin, Benjamin Gaastra
OBJECTIVES: To describe a case of neuroleptic malignant syndrome following antipsychotic treatment of catatonia, highlighting the potentially serious complications of this rare adverse drug reaction. METHODS: We present a case report of a patient who developed this syndrome with various sequelae. RESULTS: The patient developed neuroleptic after being treated with lorazepam and olanzapine for catatonia. He subsequently developed the complications of rhabdomyolysis, acute kidney injury, pulmonary embolism, urinary retention and ileus...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471711/rising-prices-of-targeted-oral-anticancer-medications-and-associated-financial-burden-on-medicare-beneficiaries
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Ya-Chen Tina Shih, Ying Xu, Lei Liu, Fabrice Smieliauskas
Purpose The high cost of oncology drugs threatens the affordability of cancer care. Previous research identified drivers of price growth of targeted oral anticancer medications (TOAMs) in private insurance plans and projected the impact of closing the coverage gap in Medicare Part D in 2020. This study examined trends in TOAM prices and patient out-of-pocket (OOP) payments in Medicare Part D and estimated the actual effects on patient OOP payments of partial filling of the coverage gap by 2012. Methods Using SEER linked to Medicare Part D, 2007 to 2012, we identified patients who take TOAMs via National Drug Codes in Part D claims...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465766/biologic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-in-a-national-privately-insured-population-utilization-expenditures-and-price-trends
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Christopher B Atzinger, Jeff J Guo
BACKGROUND: Spending on biologic drugs is a significant driver of drug expenditures for payers in private health plans. Biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are some of the most effective and costly treatments in a physician's arsenal. Understanding the total annual expenditure, the average cost per prescription, and the impact of cost-sharing is important for drug benefit managers. OBJECTIVE: To assess drug utilization, expenditures, out-of-pocket (OOP) cost, and price trends of biologic DMARDs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a large managed care organization...
February 2017: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448772/the-effect-of-a-federal-controlled-substance-act-schedule-change-on-hydrocodone-combination-products-claims-in-a-medicaid-population
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Stephanie Tran, Pavel Lavitas, Karen Stevens, Bonnie C Greenwood, Karen Clements, Caroline J Alper, Kimberly Lenz, Mylissa Price, Tasmina Hydery, Jennifer L Arnold, Mito Takeshita, Rachel Bacon, Justin P Peristere, Paul L Jeffrey
BACKGROUND: In 2012, hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) were the most prescribed medications in the United States. Under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, hydrocodone alone was classified as a Schedule II drug, while HCPs were classified as Schedule III, indicating a lower risk for abuse and misuse. However, according to a Drug Enforcement Agency analysis, the addition of nonopioids has not been shown to diminish abuse potential of hydrocodone. In response to concerns for drug abuse and overdose, the Drug Enforcement Agency rescheduled HCPs to Schedule II in October 2014, with the intent of limiting overprescribing and increasing awareness of their abuse potential...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400255/association-of-authorized-generic-marketing-with-prescription-drug-spending-on-antidepressants-from-2000-to-2011
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Ning Cheng, Tannista Banerjee, Jingjing Qian, Richard A Hansen
OBJECTIVES: Prior research suggests that authorized generic drugs increase competition and decrease prices, but little empirical evidence supports this conclusion. This study evaluated the impact of authorized generic marketing on brand and generic prices. DESIGN: Longitudinal analysis of the household component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. SETTING: Interview panels over 12 years, with a new panel each year. For each panel, 5 rounds of household interviews were conducted over 30 months...
April 8, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376217/financial-hardships-experienced-by-cancer-survivors-a-systematic-review
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Cheryl K Altice, Matthew P Banegas, Reginald D Tucker-Seeley, K Robin Yabroff
Background: With rising cancer care costs, including high-priced cancer drugs, financial hardship is increasingly documented among cancer survivors in the United States; research findings have not been synthesized. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of articles published between 1990 and 2015 describing the financial hardship experienced by cancer survivors using PubMed, Embase, Scopus, and CINAHL databases. We categorized measures of financial hardship into: material conditions (eg, out-of-pocket costs, productivity loss, medical debt, or bankruptcy), psychological responses (eg, distress or worry), and coping behaviors (eg, skipped medications)...
February 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343208/legal-features-of-the-drug-advertising
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Vitalii M Pashkov, Andrii A Olefir, Oleksiy Y Bytyak
INTRODUCTION: In the article discribed current trends of advertising in the pharmaceutical market and foreign experience of legal regulation of these relations. As for the advertising of medicines identified it's symptoms, types, basic rules and prohibitions. Modern pharmaceutical companies can not successfully carry out economic activities without advertising. Besides we can mention some fundamental changes in society (information overload, universal access to internet, social media, freedom of movement of goods, labor and finance), also self-medication becomes more popular...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271587/strategies-for-reduction-in-the-duration-of-intravenous-drug-use-interest-of-drug-tracers-as-quality-indicators-to-improve-intravenous-to-oral-switch
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Jennifer Corny, Simon Perreau, Anne-Pauline Thivilliers, Céline Leplay, Delphine Chevalier, Hélène Beaussier, Yvonnick Bézie
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Intravenous (IV) to oral (PO) drug switch is a challenge for tertiary care institutions for several reasons: catheter-related infections, patient's pain and discomfort or higher costs, and overuse of IV drugs considered as an irrational use of medicines. The objective was to evaluate yearly acetaminophen and proton-pump inhibiters' (PPIs) IV/PO ratios from 2011 to 2015 and to determine their correlation with all drugs IV/PO ratios and their relevance as drug tracers...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250671/generic-versus-branded-medicines-an-observational-study-among-patients-with-chronic-diseases-attending-a-public-hospital-outpatient-department
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Manisha Das, Supriyo Choudhury, Somnath Maity, Avijit Hazra, Tirthankar Pradhan, Aishee Pal, Ranendra Kumar Roy
BACKGROUND: The concept of generic prescription is widely accepted in various parts of the world. Nevertheless, it has failed to gain popularity in India due to factors such as nonavailability and distrust on the product quality. However, since 2012, the Government of West Bengal, India, has initiated exclusive generic drug outlets called "fair price medicine shop" (FPMS) inside the government hospital premises in a "public-private-partnership" model. This study was undertaken to evaluate the experience and attitude of patients who were consuming generic drugs purchased from these FPMS...
January 2017: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249992/effect-of-cost-sharing-on-adherence-to-evidence-based-medications-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Beatriz González López-Valcárcel, Julián Librero, Aníbal García-Sempere, Luz María Peña, Sofía Bauer, Jaume Puig-Junoy, Juan Oliva, Salvador Peiró, Gabriel Sanfélix-Gimeno
OBJECTIVES: Cost-sharing scheme for pharmaceuticals in Spain changed in July 2012. Our aim was to assess the impact of this change on adherence to essential medication in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in the region of Valencia. METHODS: Population-based retrospective cohort of 10 563 patients discharged alive after an ACS in 2009-2011. We examined a control group (low-income working population) that did not change their coinsurance status, and two intervention groups: pensioners who moved from full coverage to 10% coinsurance and middle-income to high-income working population, for whom coinsurance rose from 40% to 50% or 60%...
March 1, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246223/estimated-effects-of-adding-universal-public-coverage-of-an-essential-medicines-list-to-existing-public-drug-plans-in-canada
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Steven G Morgan, Winny Li, Brandon Yau, Nav Persaud
BACKGROUND: Canada's universal health care system does not include universal coverage of prescription drugs. We sought to estimate the effects of adding universal public coverage of an essential medicines list to existing public drug plans in Canada. METHODS: We used administrative and market research data to estimate the 2015 shares of the volume and cost of prescriptions filled in the community setting that were for 117 drugs on a model list of essential medicines for Canada...
February 27, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
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