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  • Are pharmacy discount cards still relevant?

    August 15, 2014

    Providers of prescription drug discount cards are increasing their efforts to reach out to employers, even as the Affordable Care Act is expected to decrease the ranks of those most likely to use the cards – those without health insurance.


  • PBM expands access to specialty meds at retail pharmacies

    June 3, 2014

    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 copays helps reduce disparities in cardiovascular care

    May 9, 2014

    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.


  • Zero copay program achieves better patient adherence

    April 8, 2014

    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.


  • Choosing the right pharmacy benefits manager for your plan

    April 4, 2014

    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.


  • 10 drugs to watch

    April 2, 2014

    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.


  • 10 drugs to watch

    March 25, 2014

    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.


  • ADHD medication use climbs, biggest rise among adult women

    March 20, 2014

    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.


  • 3 voluntary sales tips you can use now

    February 25, 2014

    A panel of voluntary carriers shares tricks of the trade at EBA’s Workplace Benefits Renaissance in Atlantic City, N.J.


  • CVS drops tobacco sales to focus on health-care role

    February 6, 2014

    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.


  • 6 health care trends for 2014

    December 18, 2013

    2013 was a pinnacle year in health care with the opening of the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges. But what can we expect in 2014? EBA spoke with experts across the spectrum to find out. [Photos: Fotolia]


  • Catholic groups win ruling against ACA's contraception mandate

    December 16, 2013

    A group of Catholic health and educational organizations don’t have to comply with a federal Affordable Care Act requirement to provide their employees with contraception coverage, a federal judge in New York ruled.


  • New cholesterol drug guidelines may double U.S. users

    November 13, 2013

    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.


  • PBMs continue to limit employee options

    September 27, 2013

    Pharmacy benefit management specialists say that as prices skyrocket, more and more employers will narrow pharmacies and prescriptions for their employees.


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