Recent Trends in the Dispensing of 90-Day-Supply Prescriptions at Retail Pharmacies: Implications for Improved Convenience and Access
Nearly 96% of all employers allow employees and covered beneficiaries to fill medication prescriptions from either retail or mail-service pharmacy. 1 In 2009, mail-service pharmacies dispensed approximately 238 million prescriptions, representing 6.6% of the 3.6 billion prescriptions dispensed that year.2 Mailservice pharmacies have enjoyed high levels of consumer satisfaction.3 Mail-service pharmacies offer consumers the convenience of home delivery, online ordering and renewal processes, and prescriptions filled with a 90-day supply of medication.
When More Is Almost Always Better
Comparing Treatment Persistence, Healthcare Resource Utilization, and Costs in Adult Patients with Major Depressive Disorder Treated with Escitalopram or Citalopram
Eric Q. Wu, PhD, Paul E. Greenberg, MA, Rym Ben-Hamadi, MSc, Andrew P. Yu, PhD, Elaine H. Yang, PhD, M. Haim Erder, PhD
Addressing Costs and Continuity of Care through Innovative Solutions for Infused Therapies: A Collaborative Experience with Infliximab
Growth in specialty pharmaceuticals (including biologic therapies) continues to outpace traditional small molecules,1 and many of the newly developed specialty products will be infused. At the start of the fourth quarter of 2009, at least 19 infused specialty therapies were waiting for approval by the US Food and Drug Administration or were in phase 3 clinical trials.2 Therefore, managing the costs associated with infused therapies continues to increase in importance for private and public health insurance plans.
New Strategies Needed to Combat Increasing Costs and Optimize Use of Infused Therapies
The H-E-B Value-Based Health Management Program: Impact on Asthma Medication Adherence and Healthcare Cost
Anna O. D’Souza, PhD, Beth Common, MBA, Roshan Rahnama, MPH, Steven Burch, PhD, Timothy S. Regan, BPharm, RPh
Asthma is one of the nation’s most common, costly, and increasingly prevalent diseases. In 2008, approximately 23.3 million people had asthma in the United States, of whom 12.7 million had experienced asthma attacks.1 The economic cost of asthma for 2010 is projected at $20.7 billion, of which $15.6 billion is expected to reflect direct costs of healthcare-related expenditures (ie, hospital care, physician services, and prescription drugs).1,2
Value-Based Insurance Design: Evolving Strategies to Improve Medication Adherence, Control Healthcare Utilization
In the United States, brand-name price inflation for prescription drugs has outpaced overall prescription drug price inflation.1,2 Although certain forces in the market may account for this situation, this study focused on the lack of adequate and accurate information that is needed in the market to optimize utilization of prescription drugs and mediate costs.
Aligning Stakeholders Can Maximize the Opportunity for Cost-Savings on Drugs
Expect the Unexpected: A Role for Behavioral Economics in Understanding the Impact of Cost- Sharing on Emergency Department Utilization
We economists always think that waving money under people’s noses will make them behave according to some theoretical script. But we’ve tried that with healthcare for decades and it hasn’t worked. Healthcare isn’t just about financial incentives; it’s also about anxiety, fear, habit, guan-xi—a Chinese word that, loosely translated, means “family or business ties”—and professional pride.
Comparing Medical Cost of Care for Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer Receiving Taxane Therapy: Claims Analysis
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in US women, and ranks second among cancer- related deaths in women, after lung cancer.1 It is estimated that $8.1 billion (in 2004 $US) in total healthcare costs are spent annually on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in the United States.2 Chemotherapeutic agents represent a significant portion of the cost of breast cancer treatment, and health plans are managing these costs with care pathways and other utilization management strategies.
Can We Afford Improved Clinical Outcomes?
In 2006 and 2007, the Foundation of Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP) sponsored a survey of pharmacy, clinical, and business managed care leaders that was supported by an unrestricted grant from Merck & Co and was conducted by The HSM Group, a national healthcare market research and consulting firm.
Emerging Trends in Managed Care Pharmacy: Familiar Gaps but Great Potentials
PPG Industries, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a manufacturer of coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass, and fiberglass. PPG operates more than 125 manufacturing facilities in 23 countries, and has 32,200 employees globally, 20,000 of which are in the United States. From occupational health, PPG has been evolving toward comprehensive employee health.
The Evolution of Health Promotion by Employers
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