Drug reps and doctors: Oregon clinic ousts salesmen and their samples

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Great piece from The Bulletin in Bend, Ore., about how a small clinic analyzed the effects of drug company representatives’ visits to the  clinic bearing lunches and samples, and how the clinic decided to throw the reps out: “An analysis of the sample closet revealed very few first-line drugs, the type of medications that doctors […]

An insider’s view of generic-drug pricing: Crazy fluctuation is the norm

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

  Did you ever notice that prescription prices seem to be crazy? Pricing policies from pharmacies and manufacturers are all over the map, David Lazarus writes in The Los Angeles Times, quoting a former drug purchasing manager for Kaiser Permanente, the big California-based health-care provider. ” ‘A lot of the prices for generics cant be […]

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

The marketplace for birth-control pills is pretty interesting, and it seems to change by the day. A woman we know who takes Ortho Tricyclen Lo got this letter  not long ago from her insurance company, encouraging her to stop taking the brand-name pill (for which she has a $50-a-month copay) and to instead start taking […]