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Premature mortality, frequently from cardiovascular disease, is a consequence of type 2 diabetes, especially when it is poorly controlled. Cardiovascular mortality increases with increasing levels of HbA1c.1 In addition to increasing the risk for macrovascular complications, poor glucose control is also a major risk factor for microvascular disease.2

Healthcare provider (HCP) and payer viewpoints can be very different regarding the treatment and management of patients with chronic conditions. The HCP’s principal responsibility is to the individual, ensuring that every patient under his or her care receives the appropriate treatment necessary to optimize their patients’ health and quality of life. Although the well-being of individual patients remains the major focus, in recent years, HCPs have been forced to view healthcare delivery in a broader context, one that includes the financing side of the equation.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neuroimmunologic disease of the central nervous system, characterized by multiple areas of demyelination, myelin damage and scarring, loss of oligodendrocytes, and axonal and neuronal injury to the white matter of the brain and spinal cord.1 MS is a leading cause of medical neurologic disability in younger people affecting individuals in the prime of their lives, with age of diagnosis between 20 and 50 years of age.2 MS is at least two to three times more common in women than in men.2

As drug costs continue to outpace overall healthcare spending, private health insurers are seeking innovative ways to manage pharmacy utilization. In keeping with this trend, pharmacy management of specialty categories such as multiple sclerosis (MS) has begun to change in recent years.

Through a structured, interactive approach designed to facilitate collaborative discussion, the MS roundtable sought to identify areas of common ground between healthcare providers (HCPs) and payers in making clinically appropriate, value-based patient management decisions. HCPs and payers represented on the panel discussed their responsibilities, goals, and challenges in an open forum that encouraged the candid exchange of ideas.

The treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) involves pharmacotherapy to treat disease progression, symptoms, and acute exacerbations. Patients may also engage in a number of nonpharmacologic interventions, such as physical and occupational therapy.

Monroe Township, NJ and Boston, MA, January 24, 2012 — A formal alliance known as The Lynx Group™ has been established between 4 privately owned medical communication companies each with a unique niche and expertise in the healthcare industry: Engage Healthcare Communications, Green Hill Healthcare Communications, Core Principle Solutions, and Center of Excellence Media.  

San Diego, CA—During the 2011 Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Health & Drug Benefits interviewed Robert Henry, MD, ADA President, Medicine & Science, and Chief, Endocrinology Division, San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and Professor of Medicine in Residence at the University of California, San Diego.

San Diego, CA—Patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are not being appropriately treated for their diabetes, according to a study based on a large electronic database from an integrated health system, presented at the 2011 Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

San Diego, CA—Blood glucose testing constitutes more than 20% of US pharmacy costs in patients taking insulin, investigators from the IMS Consulting Group, Alexandria, VA, found in a study presented at the 2011 Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

“New insulin regimens with simpler, user-friendly dosing options and simpler titration are warranted in order to enable relevant cost-savings,” the researchers stated.

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