Here’s why your patients disregard prescriptions: KevinMD

Here’s why your patients disregard prescriptions: KevinMD

“Take one-half tablet three times per day with meals, increasing by half each week until reaching a maximum of three tablets three times per day,” Kevin R.R. Williams writes over at KevinMD. “Did you get a new prescription from your doctor? If so, there is a 50 percent chance you will not adhere to label […]

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

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? How our information helps people appeal a denial

How much does Dupixent cost? How our information helps people appeal a denial

A friend writes: “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. “We learned that the cost […]

Why prescription prices stay high: Pharma recycles old medications

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

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 […]

Everyday frustrations: The refill that took too long

Summary: A friend writes: “Our latest RX story. I can’t tell you the [pharmacy benefit manager], but here are the facts: [My husband] needs Crestor refilled. Calls in to drug store chain that has filled it for 20 yrs. they say he has to have generic. He says no, you have ‘fill name brand’ from […]

Prescription drug prices: The system, in all its glory.

Summary: Rob Lamberts, a family physician, wrote this useful piece over at his blog, “Musings of a Distractible Mind.” The money quote: “This incident is just one example of the terrible gaming that routinely occurs with the prices of drugs. There are plenty of others. Why, for example, do brand name medications continue having such […]