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Increased Prescription Drug Use Linked to ACA

by pharmacy on September 28, 2016

ACA prescription drug useThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of those programs people either love or love to hate. Regardless of what side of the fence one comes down on, it has undeniably changed the landscape of healthcare since its inception in 2010. One of the recently documented benefits of the ACA is that more people are receiving treatment in the form of increased prescription drug use while paying less for it. This is especially true for people with chronic health conditions. [click to continue…]

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The Hidden Costs of Prescription Drug Coupons and Discount Cards

With health care costs soaring, patients are looking for any way they can to save money on prescriptions. And who can blame them? Let’s look at Effexor XR, for example, an antidepressant. The average monthly prescription cost for a single daily dose of Effexor XR 150 mg is about $193, and the average monthly cost of the same dosage of generic venlafaxine sustained released is about $129. The generic cost is still a considerable amount for the average American. Pfizer offers a $4 prescription co-pay discount, which provides a substantial savings to the patient… but at what expense? [click to continue…]

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How to Help Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

by pharmacy on November 14, 2012

How to Help Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that approximately 7 million Americans took prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in 2010. The most commonly abused prescription drugs were pain relievers, to the tune of 5.1 million users, with tranquilizers coming in second at 2.2 million users.

Some communities are tackling the problem locally, like the leaders of Marion County, Oregon who started Drxugsafe. The information program is being led by the Marion County Children and Families Commission and the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council to create community awareness about prescription drug abuse and how it relates to heroin abuse and overdose. [click to continue…]

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$95 Million Says Cardiovascular Drugs Were Marketed Improperly

The U.S. Justice Department had a lot to say about the way Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. was promoting four of their prescription medications. A $95 million settlement resolves the allegations at Boehringer Ingelheim’s promotion of Aggrenox, Combivent, and Micardis, as well as dosage issues with Atrovent.

The improper promotion allegations are as follows:

Aggrenox has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for stroke prevention, but the pharma company was also promoting it for myocardial infarction and peripheral vascular disease. Combivent has been approved for treating bronchospasm in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who are already on a bronchodilator, but the company was promoting its use in patients who are not on a bronchodilator. Micardis has been approved to treat high blood pressure, but it was being promoted for treatment of early diabetic kidney disease. [click to continue…]

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This year’s Health Datapalooza will be held on June 5-6, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The event will feature exciting new products, services, applications, and features based on open source health data. Entrepreneurs across the country are submitting their innovations to be judged by panels comprised of health care professionals, community leaders, and consumers. The best inventions will be showcased during the event. It’s an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs and a great way for pharmacists to stay on top of the next big thing in the healthcare data industry. [click to continue…]

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Most teenagers over the last few decades have been exposed to information about the dangers of driving while drunk or using drugs. However, many teens and adults do not make the same connection with prescription drugs. There are numerous prescription drugs that are being used properly, and many that are being abused, that can cause a person to be impaired to the point of driving unsafely. Use the month of December to help educate all of your customers about the dangers of driving while under the influence of certain prescription medications. [click to continue…]

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