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  • UnitedHealth sued over prescription drug co-pay costs

    10/05/2016 5:10:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    CNBC ^ | ‎10‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎
    UnitedHealth Group has been sued by three customers who accused the largest U.S. health insurer of charging co-payments for prescription drugs that were higher than their actual cost and pocketing the difference. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Minnesota by three UnitedHealth customers, seeks to represent a nationwide class that it says could include "tens of thousands" of people insured by UnitedHealth. The lawsuit said Minnesota-based UnitedHealth and affiliated companies charged customers co-payments for drugs that were significantly higher than prices it negotiated with pharmacies for those drugs. For example, the lawsuit claims, one class member paid a...
  • The Failure of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

    10/03/2016 9:19:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/3/16 | Dr. John D. Lilly
    Deaths in the U.S. due to prescription drug overdose are reaching crisis proportions. The increase in the death rate due to all prescription drugs has been primarily due to the increase in prescription opioid pain medications. State governments are looking for a solution to the problem. Historically, it has been very easy for people to obtain opioid prescriptions from multiple doctors; therefore, an obvious solution is to monitor who is receiving all opioid prescriptions. States enacted Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) which record who is filling opioid prescription medications at every pharmacy in the state. The information goes into a...
  • Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

    09/29/2016 6:32:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 3:27 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror. Republican- and Democratic-controlled Congresses, and presidents of both parties, may have set the stage for the startling prices that have consumers on edge. In the last 13 years, Congress passed major legislation that expanded taxpayer-financed coverage for prescription drugs but lacked explicit mechanisms for dealing with costs, instead relying mainly on market forces. […] “The history we see over and over again is that when the government steps in as a guaranteed payer without regard to...
  • Spiraling drug costs prompt call for major Medicare changes

    06/17/2016 6:53:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 15 June 2016 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Calling the rising cost of drugs "unsustainable," congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medicare's popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 years old. The proposal from the nonpartisan Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, steers clear of calling for the government to negotiate drug prices directly, an option both presidential candidates advocate. For beneficiaries, the plan is a mixed bag. All seniors would get better protection from extremely high costs, but some may have to spend more. The recommendations are unlikely to gain traction in Congress during an election year, but they will get a serious look from staff...
  • 15 Stats That Destroy Liberal Narratives

    01/02/2016 6:15:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2016 | John Hawkins
    "Muslims account for only about 1 percent of the U.S. population but account for about half of terrorist attacks since 9/11. That means Muslims in the United States are about 5,000 percent more likely to commit terrorist attacks than non-Muslims." -- Mark Krikorian2) "Consider, for example, that in 1958 a mere 4 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage. By 2013, that number had grown to 87 percent. In 2012 these once-taboo unions hit an all-time high.Ku Klux Klan membership has shrunk drastically from millions a century ago to fewer than 5,000 today. The Black Panthers are essentially extinct. While plenty...
  • Obamacare Was Supposed To Reduce Healthcare Costs, Right?

    12/21/2015 8:25:03 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/21/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    We won’t bury the lede. “National Health Spending In 2014: Faster Growth Driven By Coverage Expansion And Prescription Drug Spending.” That’s the title of an article from the January, 2016 print version of Health Affairs, published online December 2nd. Here are a few key findings… 1. US healthcare spending increased 5.3 percent to $3.0 trillion in 2014. That represents 17.5 percent of the gross domestic product. 2. The 2013 growth in spending figure was 2.9 percent. 2014’s higher growth in spending rate is due mostly to the major coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act, particularly for Medicaid and private...
  • There Are Still No Dead Bodies!!!

    11/30/2015 10:13:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 104 replies
    CANADA Free Press ^ | 11/30/15 | Dr. Gifford Jones
    I fear the media will never get it right about supplements. Why is it impossible for investigative media reporters to get it right about health supplements? In March of 2013 medical research showed that every day 290 North Americans die from prescription drugs. To kill the same number of people a jumbo jet plane would have to crash every day. I asked Health Canada’s forensic bureaucrats to explain where the dead bodies are who took natural supplements? I have never had a reply. Now the media are using a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and...
  • Who Is Lori Ann Fiorina? Carly’s Stepdaughter Died Of Drug Overdose, Battled Addiction, Like Million

    09/19/2015 8:12:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 124 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 17, 2015 9:24 AM EDT | Elizabeth Whitman
    The loss of her stepdaughter, Lori Ann Fiorina, to addiction in 2009. It may be unusual for a public figure to share such personal tragedies so openly, but death by drug overdose is not uncommon in the United States. “We need to tell young people the truth. Drug addiction is an epidemic, and it is taking too many of our young people,” Fiorina said during the debate. “My husband Frank and I buried a child to drug addiction.” Wednesday’s debate was not the first time Fiorina brought up the death of her stepdaughter, whom she had known since Lori was...
  • Would You Trust A Doctor Who Got Kickbacks To Prescribe Your Drugs?

    01/20/2015 8:47:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/20/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    I’m thinking, “Maybe not.” Yet, this sort of unethical practice goes on all the time. According to physician/activist Roy Poses, MD, there were at least four significant settlements of such cases during the last half of 2014 alone. And, by January 9th of our new year, another high profile case has already been settled. Officially, it is known as U.S. ex rel. Fragoules v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-10420 (D. Mass.). In accordance with the disposition of the case, the US subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. will pay $39 million to the US federal...
  • Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule (won't pay for pain relief pills)

    07/19/2014 2:49:07 AM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Susan Jaffe
    Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescriptions through their Part D drug plans until first confirming that the prescriptions were not covered by hospice providers. Drugs related to palliative and comfort care are supposed to be covered under the fixed rate payments to the hospice. Medicare announced Friday that the rules would be revised so that the additional authorization would be required for only four types of medications: pain relievers, anti-nauseants, laxatives, and anti-anxiety drugs that are “nearly always” considered hospice-related.
  • FedEx Accused of Conspiracy to Distribute Prescription Drugs for Online Pharmacies

    07/17/2014 9:52:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Andrew Blankstein and Pete Williams
    Federal Express was indicted Thursday on federal charges alleging that it distributed prescription drugs and other controlled substances to people that the company knew had no prescriptions on behalf of illegal Internet pharmacies. "We want to be clear what's at stake here: The government is suggesting that FedEx assume criminal responsibility for the legality of the contents of the millions of packages that we pick up and deliver every day,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, a senior FedEx official. “We are a transportation company -- we are not law enforcement. We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We...
  • How to get generic drugs even cheaper Rx prices can vary by $170 among retailers

    01/05/2014 9:39:36 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 29 replies
    Clark Howard.com ^ | 8-19-13 | Clark Howard
    Generic drugs now account for well over 80% of all prescriptions. Just 10 years ago, less than half of drugs sold were generics. Much of the growth is because employers make generics extra-affordable through mail order programs (pharmacy benefits managers). Then you also have the grocery stores and big box retailers who do $4 generics. Meanwhile, a lot of breakthrough drugs that were patent protected are no longer so and are now selling as generics. But what you don't know about the pricing of generics can hurt your wallet. The big pharmacy chains discount generics 30% from the brand name...
  • Prescription drug abuse kills: action in 4 areas to lower abuse

    12/28/2013 10:33:19 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 43 replies
    Emaxhealth ^ | 2013-12-27 | Dr. Harold Mandell
    There has been growing awareness of the power of prescription medications to kill. The problem is so serious it should be ranked alongside illicit drug abuse and alcohol abuse as primary critical health hazards in the United States and elsewhere across the world. High profile deaths from prescription drugs, such as that of Michael Jackson, helps to highlight how serious this problem is. Many other people are also dead and dying from prescription drugs. The time to act on this problem is now. Prescription drug abuse has been labelled as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...
  • 7 Important medications running low in U.S. Hospitals

    11/02/2013 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 24 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2013-11-02 11:10 | Tracy Woolrich
    These seven drugs are running short in US hospitals. What is the cause of the drug shortage when considering the power of the pharmaceutical industry. How can we get them back to the hospital shelves. Drug shortages are nothing new, In fact, in 2011, there were 251 drug shortages reported by the FDA. 183 of those involved sterile injectable drugs. In 2012, there was less with only 117 new drug shortages, 84 of which involved sterile injectable drugs. Fortunately through early notifications from manufacturers the FDA has been able to prevent 282 shortages last year and numerous times this year...
  • Obamacare Sticker Shock: Taxing Over 15,000 Medicines

    10/14/2010 6:42:43 AM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, October 14, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Nancy Pelosi warned us we’d have to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it. And what we’re finding we don’t like at all. Higher insurance premiums are hitting families hard. Medicare Advantage has been decimated. Millions will be forced into government-run Medicaid where long lines and rationing await. If we like our insurance -- too bad. Beginning January 1, 2011, more than 15,000 over-the-counter (OTC) health care items will require a prescription (and that means a doctor’s visit) for tax-free reimbursement. Under Obamacare, OTC drugs cannot be reimbursed tax-free from Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)...
  • God Bless You, Sen. Feinstein

    02/17/2013 6:41:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein began her war on allergy and cold sufferers in 2005. In an effort to prevent small-time dealers from buying allergy and cold drugs and cooking them into methamphetamine, she pushed through legislation requiring consumers to show identification before purchasing products with pseudoephedrine -- otherwise known as the good allergy drugs, known only to those who know enough to ask for them. Now Feinstein wants to make you get a prescription from a doctor before you buy these drugs. In 2005, I thought Feinstein's Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act wrongly punished law-abiding citizens by limiting their access to over-the-counter...
  • Mayor Bloomberg, M.D.

    01/16/2013 9:54:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Bob Barr
    New York’s penal code makes it a felony to practice medicine without a license. I suspect, however, that one potential defendant who is proposing to do just that, will escape prosecution. Meet “Mayor Bloomberg, M.D.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg never attended medical school, did not complete a hospital residency, and never has been admitted to the medical profession. Yet this public official – whose ire in recent years has targeted firearms, salt content, fatty foods, and large-sized soft drinks – is now moving to dictate how doctors should be allowed to issue prescription drugs for their patients. Bloomberg’s...
  • Interesting Accounting.

    You can find out interesting links between school shooting, and "psycho" drugs, using by perpetrator. at http://ssristories.com/index.php?sort=date&p=school
  • 'Take Back' Initiative Helps Public Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs

    06/03/2011 2:48:31 PM PDT · by MosesmomS · 4 replies
    Associated Content ^ | June 02, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    According to local officials in one small community in Southern Illinois, this spring a program, known as the National Take Back Initiative, meant to keep unused and outdated prescription drugs out of the wrong hands and as a way to let the public safely dispose of unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs, has removed over 50 pounds out of people's medicine cabinets.
  • It's ok a doctor prescribed it!

    05/08/2011 12:34:35 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 30 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 7th 2011 | John Terrett
    In the United States the number of people hospitalised for prescription drug abuse has increased four hundred percent in the past ten years. The small town of Portsmouth, Ohio is the epicentre of the problem. Over thirty people - many in their early twenties - have died from prescription drug abuse. One in ten babies born in Scioto County (Sy-oh-toe) last year tested positive for drugs. Fatal overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. I met Andrea Queen, a reformed abuser at her new place of work in Portsmouth a clinic helping today's...