Tag Archives | prescription drugs

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 […]

PBMs: Past, Present and Future

Not every aspect of the shifting health care market is clear, but one thing is for certain: The importance of pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs) is increasing. Drug prices are rising, and PBMs continue to act as intermediaries between insurance companies, pharmacies and manufacturers to reduce prices for insurers and patients whenever possible. PBMs have […]

Polypharmacy Affects Quality of Care for many Seniors

Medications are a mainstay in the US health care system. According to CDC statistics, three out of four doctor visits involve a medication in some way.   So it’s not too surprising that nearly half of Americans have used at least one prescription medication in the past month. Among Americans ages 60 and older, more […]