13 Mar 2019

HOW MUCH DIFFERENCE WILL ELI LILLY’S HALF-PRICE INSULIN MAKE?

  By Bram Sable-Smith When Erin Gilmer filled her insulin prescription at a Denver-area Walgreens in January, she paid $8.50. U.S. taxpayers paid another $280.51. “It eats at me to know that taxpayer money is being wasted,” said Gilmer, who has Medicare and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while

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11 Mar 2019

PATIENTS NEED TRANSPARENCY AND RELIEF FROM HIGH DRUG COSTS, NOT DEFENSE OF THE STATUS QUO

By: John O’Brien The current drug pricing system is broken and indefensible. Right now, everybody but the patient benefits as list prices climb higher and higher. President Trump has proposed to bring transparency to the system, end the status quo of kickbacks from drug companies to middlemen and plans, known in

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06 Mar 2019

FIRST STEP: LILLY RELEASES HUMALOG GENERIC, SLASHING INSULIN LIST PRICE IN HALF

    Lilly has released Lispro, a generic form of its insulin drug of Humalog, cutting the list price in half and ideally reducing out-of-pocket patient costs. Insulin Lispro will go for $137.35 per vial or $265.50 for a pack of five KwikPens. Because Humalog and Lispro are fast-acting forms of insulin,

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19 Feb 2019

DOJ DEFENDS APPROVAL CONSIDERATIONS IN CVS-AETNA MERGER

As a federal judge reviews the merger between CVS Health and Aetna, the Department of Justice is sticking by its agreement with the two companies, according to an article in FierceHealthcar Feb 19. In a court filing in mid-February, DOJ defended that deal. Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court

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05 Jan 2019

WHEN MEDICINE MAKES PATIENTS SICKER

  By Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months earlier had been

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05 Jan 2019

AS HOSPITALS POST STICKER PRICES ONLINE, MOST PATIENTS WILL REMAIN BEFUDDLED

    By Julie Appleby and Barbara Feder Ostrov As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog’s breakfast of medical codes, abbreviations and dollar signs — in little

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05 Jan 2019

IT’S A LITTLE-KNOWN SECRET THAT PATIENTS CAN GET THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DIRECTLY FROM A DRUGMAKER

      By Sarah Jane Tribble   Kip Burgess was relieved last year when pharmaceutical giant Amgen overnighted him a $2,976 check to help pay for his go-to arthritis drug, Enbrel. The 36-year-old psychologist had run into an increasingly common problem: The copay coupon sent by Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen

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02 Jan 2019

SCHAENING ACP KEYNOTE: 2019 LCD DRAFTING,  NOTIFICATION, REVISION TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT

  By Vanessa Salvia Juan Schaening, MD, the executive contractor medical director for Medicare Jurisdiction N, discussed changes to 2019 Local Coverage Determinations during a keynote address at the American College of Phlebology’s 32nd Annual Congress Nov. 9 in Nashville. He said changes are designed to provide transparency in the

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02 Jan 2019

IMPROVING WISELY: COLLABORATION HELPS IDENTIFY, CUT HEALTHCARE WASTE

By Vanessa Salvia In the elegant Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Martin “Marty” Makary, MD, addressed American College of Phlebology’s 32nd Annual Congress attendees eager to hear his message about how the program Improving Wisely is helping to reduce waste in healthcare. More than 1,200 registrants,

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31 Dec 2018

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LINES UP FINANCING FOR ITS $4B BTG ACQUISITION

Now that everyone has said yes, Boston Scientific has gone to the banks to sign a number of new lending agreements, including a large credit facility it could use to finance its $4.2 billion acquisition offer for British medical device maker BTG plc. The information, which came from recently posted

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