With specialty drugs expected to reach as much as half of total drug expenditures within the next few years, pharmacy benefit manager CVS Caremark has launched a new program designed to make the process of filling specialty medication prescriptions easier for plan members.
Eliminating drug plan copays for specific, targeted groups of patients is an easy administrative fix employers can implement to help reduce disparities in care, says the co-author of a study on reducing ethnic disparities in cardiovascular care.
Employees enrolled in a zero copay program for their diabetes and high cholesterol drugs had better adherence to those medications than employees not enrolled in the program, according to a recent retrospective case comparison study from Walgreens.
Pharmacy benefits are typically the most utilized benefit by plan members and one of the fastest-growing in terms of cost. Consequently, selecting the right pharmacy benefit manager is a critical decision in managing a plan and determining member satisfaction with that plan.
Overall spending on traditional prescription drugs mostly pills used to treat common conditions such as high cholesterol and depression will decline 4% by the end of 2015, largely because of the availability of generic medications, according Express Scripts. Here are 10 of the top brand-name drugs that had generic equivalents become available in 2013 or are expected to have generics available this year, courtesy of Express Scripts.
Overall spending on traditional prescription drugs -- mostly pills used to treat common conditions such as high cholesterol and depression -- will decline 4% by the end of 2015, largely because of the availability of generic medications, according Express Scripts. Here are 10 of the top brand-name drugs that had generic equivalents become available in 2013 or are expected to have generics available this year, courtesy of Express Scripts.
The number of Americans using medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rose 36% in five years, totaling more than 4.8 million privately insured individuals in 2012, according to a recent report from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts.
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By ending the sale of tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies, CVS Caremark Corp. is redefining itself as a health-care provider in an environment in which millions of newly insured Americans will be looking for quick and convenient medical care.
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Statins will be recommended for almost 33 million Americans, about twice the number under previous guidelines. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, accounting for 1 in 4 U.S. deaths.
Pharmacy benefit management specialists say that as prices skyrocket, more and more employers will narrow pharmacies and prescriptions for their employees.
Some of the cheapest drugs, he points out, can do the most damage in terms of personnel issues.