Billionaire Mark Cuban opens online pharmacy to provide affordable generic drugs: Forbes

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Billionaire Mark Cuban opens online pharmacy to provide affordable generic drugs: Forbes

“Billionaire investor Mark Cuban launched an online pharmacy Thursday that offers more than 100 generic drugs at an affordable price with a goal of being ‘radically transparent’ in its price negotiations with drug companies,” Lisa Kim writes over at Forbes.  “The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs Company (MCCPDC) is a registered pharmaceutical wholesaler and purchases […]

Why Drug Costs Are Skyrocketing for Conditions Like MS, Parkinson’s: Healthline

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Why Drug Costs Are Skyrocketing for Conditions Like MS, Parkinson’s: Healthline

“The financial cost of having a neurological disease such as Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis is growing,” according to Healthline. “Those are the findings of a new study funded by the American Academy of Neurology and published in the organization’s journal Neurology. In it, researchers say they found the average out-of-pocket costs for a number of […]

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. […]

Why prescription prices stay high: Pharma recycles old medications

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Why prescription prices stay high: Pharma recycles old medications

Oatent extensions let drug makers keep prices high and prevent competition, as described in a recent study from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law tracks. “Rather than creating new medicines, pharmaceutical companies are recycling and repurposing old ones,” write the authors, Robin Feldman and Connie Wang. “Every year, at least 74% […]

Save Money On Prescriptions: 8 Easy Hacks

Save Money On Prescriptions: 8 Easy Hacks

This post originally appeared on Forbes, where I am a contributor.  If you’re like a lot of Americans, your prescription prices keep going up and up. What to do? Here are eight easy hacks for saving money on meds. Before the hacks though, one important point: If your insurance company won’t pay for something that is recommended by […]

Two generic medications become one expensive drug: The Atlantic

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Two generic medications become one expensive drug: The Atlantic

“Everything happened so fast as I walked out of the doctor’s exam room. I was tucking in my shirt and wondering if I’d asked all my questions about my injured shoulder when one of the doctor’s assistants handed me two small boxes of pills. ‘These will hold you over until your prescription arrives in the […]

How drug coupons undermine value purchasing in health: NEJM

Summary: “In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a goal of linking at least 50% of Medicare spending to value-based payment models such as accountable care organizations,” Leemore S. Dafny, Christopher J. Ody and Matthew A. Schmitt write in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Health care providers are now scrambling […]

Profits on prescriptions: Where did the money go?

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Summary: Following the money in prescription pricing is hard. Demystifying the topic is Julie Appleby at Kaiser Health News, with this graphic. Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a […]