Archive | Pharmaceuticals

New Approaches to Managing High-Cost Drugs

Prescription drugs are critical to any effective healthcare system, but in the U.S. they are also a growing financial burden on patients, employers and care providers, many of whom struggle to keep up with their high costs. According to separate reports from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, prescriptions accounted for a […]

An Update on the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis continues to loom in healthcare, as more individuals become addicted to and die from lawful and illegal forms of opioids. While controlled substances such as heroin are to blame for much of the problem, prescription medications are also a contributor. Variation in how physicians treat chronic pain and non-nerve-related back pain and […]

Quick Reference Guide to Drug Utilization Reviews [Infographic]

The 21st Century Cures Act, the opioid crisis, and the cost of pharmaceuticals dominated the headlines of 2016, highlighting the importance of understanding how prescription drugs work in today’s healthcare industry. One valuable tool used by employers, health plans and pharmacists is Drug Utilization Review (DUR). AMR created a quick reference guide to DUR so you […]

Changes in the Exceptions Process in Prescription Coverage [Infographic]

Prescription drug coverage is changing in 2017, with new specific rules for the exceptions process. Take a look at our latest infographic to find out how the exceptions process may affect your prescription!  

Universal Flu Vaccine in the Works

We’re all familiar with the flu, the cold weather specter that sends us all scurrying to the nearest pharmacy for a yearly flu shot. The flu is mostly preventable, but the need for a yearly vaccination can become tedious, and many people skip it altogether. The reason people find themselves at the pharmacy to get […]

Biosimilar Drugs – An Infographic

AMR’s latest infographic looks at the both the benefits and concerns of Biosimilar drugs.

Opioids and Workers’ Comp – Optimize Care Through Review

Data from drug utilization reviews reveal the benefits of reviewing opioid prescriptions in workers’ comp cases. Here is a summary of our findings from a white paper by AMR’s Hamed Hafizi, MPH.