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 how hr can help control prescription drug costs
how hr can help control prescription drug costs

Page Content​Remember when Turing Pharmaceuticals was accused of price gauging in 2015 after it increased the price of Daraprim, which is used to treat AIDS and transplant patients, from $13.50 to $750 per pill? Martin Shkreli, Turing’s CEO, instantaneously became a much-despised symbol of the problem of runaway drug costs and greedy manufacturers. Or do you recall the public outrage that ensued due to the decade-long increase in the price of Mylan’s EpiPen, an autoinjector used to treat severe allergic reactions, from about $90 to more than $600 today?While sudden price spikes are unusual in the pharmaceutical market, a long and significant trend toward higher costs persists. As a result, prescription medications—and specialty drugs in particular—have become a primary driver of health-rel

as opioid epidemic rages, craft drug policies to include prescription medication

Seventy-one percent of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, including opioids, according to a new survey."Most drug addictions today don't begin on the street; they start in a doctor's office with legal, valid prescriptions," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit chartered by Congress. "Employers must understand that the most dangerously misused drug today may be sitting in employees' medicine cabinets. Even when they are taken as prescribed, prescription drugs such as opioids can impair workers and create hazards on the job."Most employers have a drug-free workplace policy directed at illegal drugs, along with an alcohol abuse policy, but most don't have a prescription dru

as opioid epidemic rages, craft drug policies to include prescription medication

Seventy-one percent of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, including opioids, according to a new survey."Most drug addictions today don't begin on the street; they start in a doctor's office with legal, valid prescriptions," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit chartered by Congress. "Employers must understand that the most dangerously misused drug today may be sitting in employees' medicine cabinets. Even when they are taken as prescribed, prescription drugs such as opioids can impair workers and create hazards on the job."Most employers have a drug-free workplace policy directed at illegal drugs, along with an alcohol abuse policy, but most don't have a prescription dru

bc's drug plan deductibles do not lower drug use for some seniors

Adding a modest 2% income-based deductible for prescription drugs did not appear to deter some seniors from filling prescriptions, found a study of British Columbia's public drug plan published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)."This finding differs from the results of other Canadian studies, which showed that increased drug cost-sharing reduced drug use and increased use of other health services in at-risk groups (e.g., those on social assistance)," writes Dr. Michael Law, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia (UBC), with coauthors. A deductible is the amount a household must pay for prescription drugs before a public drug plan will cover any costs. British Columbia uses income-based deductibles, meaning households must spend a percent

as opioid epidemic rages, worksite policies overlook prescribed drugs

Seventy-one percent of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, including opioids, according to a new survey."Most drug addictions today don't begin on the street; they start in a doctor's office with legal, valid prescriptions," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit chartered by Congress. "Employers must understand that the most dangerously misused drug today may be sitting in employees' medicine cabinets. Even when they are taken as prescribed, prescription drugs such as opioids can impair workers and create hazards on the job."Most employers have a drug-free workplace policy directed at illegal drugs, along with an alcohol abuse policy, but most don't have a prescription dru

as opioid epidemic rages, worksite policies overlook prescribed drugs

Seventy-one percent of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, including opioids, according to a new survey."Most drug addictions today don't begin on the street; they start in a doctor's office with legal, valid prescriptions," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit chartered by Congress. "Employers must understand that the most dangerously misused drug today may be sitting in employees' medicine cabinets. Even when they are taken as prescribed, prescription drugs such as opioids can impair workers and create hazards on the job."Most employers have a drug-free workplace policy directed at illegal drugs, along with an alcohol abuse policy, but most don't have a prescription dru

as opioid epidemic rages, worksite policies overlook prescribed drugs

Seventy-one percent of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, including opioids, according to a new survey."Most drug addictions today don't begin on the street; they start in a doctor's office with legal, valid prescriptions," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit chartered by Congress. "Employers must understand that the most dangerously misused drug today may be sitting in employees' medicine cabinets. Even when they are taken as prescribed, prescription drugs such as opioids can impair workers and create hazards on the job."Most employers have a drug-free workplace policy directed at illegal drugs, along with an alcohol abuse policy, but most don't have a prescription dru

study confirms prescription weight-loss medication helps with opiate addiction r

IMAGE: UTMB Center for Addiction Research director Dr. Kathryn Cunningham.
view more Credit: The University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonGALVESTON, Texas - Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have confirmed that a prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone.In a study published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, the researchers led by UTMB scientist Kathryn Cunningham found that the drug, lorcaserin, reduced the use and craving for the opioid oxycodone in preclinical studies. Cunningham is director of UTMB's Center for Addiction Research and a professor in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.Opiate abuse is a major public health problem and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

study: ibuprofen poses major cardiac arrest risk

Ask anyone, and there’s a good chance they’ve casually taken a tablet or two of ibuprofen to stave off a headache or other minor ailment. The general perception is that ibuprofen is a pretty safe drug, the small risk of stomach ulcers aside, and that’s why it is available in large quantities for low prices over the counter. According to a new study, though, this medication is associated with big increases in cardiac arrest risk, so much so that some professionals are calling for it to be made prescription-only.Such information comes from the European Society of Cardiology, which cites a newly published study in the European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. Ibuprofen is a type of NSAID, which stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; this is a class of painkillers that a

as prescription opioid deaths drop 6 percent in colorado, heroin deaths rise 23

Overdose deaths from prescription opioids in Colorado likely dropped last year to their lowest level in six years, but the state also saw a possibly connected increase in heroin and cocaine overdoses, according to preliminary numbers from Colorado's Health Department.Overall, the total number of opiate deaths — meaning deaths from both prescription painkillers like fentanyl or from illegal opiates like heroin — fell by about 6 percent, from 472 deaths in 2015 to 442 deaths in 2016. That marked a rare yearly downturn in opiate deaths, which have been climbing year-over-year in Colorado since at least 2000, with a couple other exceptions.The biggest gains were made in reducing the number of deaths from traditional opioid painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, which are sometimes called

rising costs & potential savings for generic, topical steroids

Boston, MA--Although topical steroids are among the most commonly prescribed medications by dermatologists, there are limited data on spending and use for this class of drugs. In a new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital, researchers have found that although most topical steroids prescribed to patients were generic, there was a sharp increase in Medicare Part D and out-of-pocket spending for elderly patients taking these drugs. The team found that potential savings could result from substituting cheaper, topical steroids from the same potency class of drugs. These findings build on recent literature that suggests pharmaceutical-led increases in costs of generic medications are leading to high increases in costs for systems and patients.Their results are published onl

warning: this drug may kill you offers a close-up of the opioid epidemic

The HBO documentary by Perri Peltz looks at four families devastated by addiction to prescription pills.

pain clinics helping to turn around prescription drug boom

Pain clinics are providing holistic and drug-free solutions to the one in five Australians who suffer from chronic pain. For more than two years, Peter Panagiotopoulos found himself on the roller coaster of prescription drugs, surgeries, more drugs and more surgery as he battled the debilitating effects of a back injury.He had suffered the injury in 2008 while at work at a metal recycling business in Sydney, and regularly scored his pain 10 out of 10, despite being on a cocktail of analgesics.But after two years of feeling “completely knocked out”, the breakthrough came when the 43-year-old finally accessed the pain management program at Royal North Shore Hospital.Today, nine years after the injury, Mr Panagiotopoulos puts his pain at a manageable seven out of 10, and is not taking a singl

first legal, commercial medicinal cannabis arrives in perth

The first commercial shipment of medicinal cannabis products to be legally imported to Australia has arrived in Perth.Curtin University's Professor Marco Falasca told 6PR's Oliver Peterson while medical cannabis was effectively the same as recreational cannabis, the purpose and use was very different.
Plants growing at a medical marijuana dispensary in the USA. Photo: Adam Glanzman"Different diseases can be treated [with medical cannabis] from epilepsy to multiple sclerosis to cancer."You have many side effects from chemo therapy for example that can be treated with medical cannabis."It can be used for nausea and other pain."There may be other positive effects besides the pain relief, Professor Falasca said, who was conducting research into the subject.Advertisement"Our major aim is to f

failed pre-employment drug tests lead to hiring refugees

As the opioid epidemic continues and legalization of the use of marijuana spreads, more job applicants and current employees are failing drug tests than ever before. Employers face the challenge of finding new workers who can pass a drug test.More Refugees HiredSome employers are hiring refugees, whose usage of illegal drugs is lower than among Americans, CNN reports. (CNN)Laws Legalizing the Use of MarijuanaAlthough federal law still prevents marijuana use, 28 states have passed comprehensive medical marijuana laws, and eight of them, as well as the District of Columbia, also have legalized use of the drug for adults aged 21 and older. That said, employers still can expect employees to be sober at work. (HR Magazine) Prescription Drug CrisisThe use of opioid painkillers such as OxyContin

the lancet respiratory medicine: global rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis

New antibiotics are becoming available for the first time but without accurate diagnostics, clear treatment guidelines, and improved control efforts, their effectiveness could be rapidly lostThe rise of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB) threatens to derail decades of progress in controlling the disease, according to a new report in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine published on World TB day (24th March). Although a small number of repurposed and new drugs have recently become available to treat drug-resistant TB (including bedaquiline, delamanid, and linezolid), the authors warn that without accurate diagnostic tests to deliver individually targeted treatments, clear prescription guidelines on appropriate use and improved control efforts to prev

pain linked to non-medical prescription opioid use in young adults

May 17, 2017 - Physical pain--often "self-medicated" without help from healthcare professionals--is an important contributor to non-medical prescription opioid (NMPO) use by young adults, suggests a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.Young men with severe untreated pain are at especially high risk of frequent NMPO use, according to the new research, led by Brandon D.L. Marshall, PhD, of Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Marshall comments, "Sex-specific patterns of pain and experiences interacting with health professionals could conceivably impact the way men and women report pain to health care providers, and thus the way young adults with severe physic

addressing addictions | eurekalert! science news

A new study by Queen's University researcher Susan Brogly (Surgery) has revealed that 25 per cent of women suffering from a prenatal opioid dependence were not being treated for their addiction. Using data from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), the study also shows rising numbers of affected mother-infant pairs and associated health care costs."The information on health care costs are new for Canada, which goes along with the 16 fold increase in the number of mother-infant pairs affected by opioid dependence over the past decade," says Dr. Brogly. "That is a striking finding but not new data. A larger concern is the 25 per cent of affected women that did not have an opioid agonist prescription recorded in the Ontario Drug Benefit program database."Opioid agonist treatm

nonprescription use of ritalin linked to adverse side effects, ub study finds

BUFFALO, N.Y. - New research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions that explored the potential side effects of the stimulant drug Ritalin on those without ADHD showed changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects.
Ritalin, the brand name for methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a growing problem among college students who use it without a prescription as a so-called "study enhancer." The drug works by increasing the concentration of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that control reasoning, problem solving and other behaviors.
"Although Ritalin's effectiveness in treating ADHD is well-documented, few studies h

dem senators on working with potus on drug costs

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fda lashes out at mylan for dismal quality control at hiv drug facility

Enlarge/ Heather Bresch, chief executive officer of drugmaker Mylan Inc.Getty | BloombergShare this storyMylan—the pharmaceutical company infamous for raising the price of EpiPens—is in hot water with the Food and Drug Administration. This time, the dust-up is related to the quality control practices at one of the company’s drug facilities making antiretroviral therapies (ARVs) used to treat HIV, Reuters reports.In a letter to Mylan, the FDA outlined several violations at the facility, based in Maharashtra, India, and warned Mylan to shape up. Specifically, the FDA said that investigators found that facility employees inexplicably invalidated quality control data that showed that drug batches didn’t meet standards. The agency also claimed that employees didn’t bother trying to investigate

new study reveals highest risk profiles for opioid overdose

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view more Credit: © VenebioRichmond, Va. - April 13, 2017 - Individuals suffering from a substance use disorder (SUD) or depression are among those at highest risk for a serious prescription opioid overdose, according to a study published in Pain Medicine. The retrospective, case-control study analyzed and compared patients with an opioid prescription from two health care claims databases: the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) from 2010-12 (1.9 million patients) and a U.S. commercial health plan database (IMS PharMetrics Plus) from 2009-13 (18.3 million patients). Risk factors for overdose in the 7,234 overdose cases in the commercially insured population (CIP) were analyzed and compared with the risk factor profile for the 718 VHA overdose cases.

investing in drug safety monitoring could avoid complications -- and save medica

May 16, 2017 - Increased investment in "pharmacovigilance surveillance"--systems to proactively monitor safety problems with new medications--has the potential to avoid harmful drug effects while lowering healthcare costs, according to a study in the June issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.Three recent cases in which serious safety issues led to medication withdrawals illustrate the potential return on investment of building a more effective pharmacovigilance surveillance system, according to the report by Krista F. Huybrechts, PhD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and colleagues. They write, "Our analyses demonstrate a pivotal and economically justifiable role for active pharmacovigilance in protecting the health of the public."Detecting 'Early Signa

medication disposal bin installed at longmont public safety center

A prescription medication disposal bin now sits just inside the doors of the Longmont Safety and Justice Center, 225 Kimbark St.Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said the center has never had a permanent bin before.Medications can be dropped off between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day.Over-the-counter and prescription medications, liquid medications sealed in the original container, prescription patches, medicated ointments and vitamins will be accepted. Needles, marijuana and chemotherapy drugs will not be accepted. Amelia Arvesen: 303-684-5212, [email protected] or twitter.com/ameliaarvesenAdvertisement

drug distributors' responses to cabell county, wv lawsuit

West Virginia has the highest opioid overdose rate in the nation, and leaders in that state are trying new tactics in the fight. On March 9, the Cabell County Commission in West Virginia took legal action, not against users or drug dealers, but against companies that distribution prescription painkillers.The lawsuit alleges these companies knowingly ignored the opioid epidemic, by delivering huge amounts of opioids to drug stores in Cabell County. It says the companies “sold some 40 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone to Cabell County pharmacies between 2007 and 2012”The county’s population is less than 100,000.The suit names AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, CVS Indiana, L.L.C., Cardinal Health, Inc., Rite-Aid of Maryland, Inc., Walmart Stores East, LP, Kroger Limited Partnership

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