How much does Olmesartan (Benicar) cost? $11.05 or $45 or $76 or $159 or $601?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does Olmesartan (Benicar) cost? $11.05 or $45 or $76 or $159 or $601?

So I went to fill a prescription on Saturday, and talked the price down from $76 to $45 — though I think I could have gotten it down to $11.05 with a little more work. It’s for olmesartan, the generic for Benicar, a high blood pressure medication. With my insurance card for Medicare Part D, […]

When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

“Splashing around in the pool, skin slick with sunscreen, Shane Butcher was a normal 9-year-old kid on a perfect summer day. And then he wasn’t,” Sarah Gantz writes over at The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He floated toward the edge of the pool, energy suddenly replaced by a vacant expression, his blood sugar plummeting so low he […]

How much does my medication cost? We saved her $275, or how people use our data

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

How much does my medication cost? We saved her $275, or how people use our data

A friend writes: “I know that general health insurance isn’t what you specialize in at CHC.com, but I’m taking advantage of the fact that I know you to ask what I hope is an easy question for you to answer: “Can I change my crappy health insurance at this time of year — without a […]

Don’t get trapped by PBMs’ rebate labeling games: Managed Care magazine

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Don’t get trapped by PBMs’ rebate labeling games: Managed Care magazine

“’What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,’” Linda Cahn writes over at Managed Care magazine, explaining the many ways pharmacy benefit managers collect money in their contracts. “Juliet was speaking of Romeo, and expressing a universal truth. Unfortunately, pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs) would […]

How much does Dupixent cost? Appealing a denial

(Updated 2022) A friend writes about Dupixent costs: “I was fortunate to meet Jeanne at ClearHealthCosts, and with her assistance I was able to get Dupixent, an injected medication needed twice a month for my niece’s eczema. “Other medications did not treat this condition, and her doctor at Columbia Doctors Dermatology recommended this new medication. […]