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Generic Drugmakers Are in Big Trouble

A major lawsuit accuses generic drug makers of a price-fixing conspiracy and “billions of dollars of damage” to the US economy… Proof once again that generics now require as much (if not more) vigilance from payers as do brand-name drugs.

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About the CVS E-Prescription Initiative

Don’t forget that pricing varies from pharmacy to pharmacy—sometimes dramatically. Scripta ensures that patients know where to shop for the best price for a given medication, even if that is at Walmart or other CVS competitors.

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Empathy Is a Healthy Workforce

Most executives agree that business success is tied to empathy in the workplace. Scripta offers companies one more way to show that they care. Most any HR professional will tell you that skyrocketing healthcare and prescription drug prices are necessarily complicating...

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PBMs Are Not Saving Anyone Money

It’s not insurers or Big Pharma sustaining rising prescription drug prices—it’s PBMs that are supposed to be saving patients and self-funded insurers money. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before—PBMs insist that drug prices would be even higher without them. Since...

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Pharmacy Data Analytics Can Help You SAVE

March 7, 2018 – If you are trying to control health benefits costs, the best place to start is with the data — and good pharmacy data analytics can improve plan design and save money. With the Benefits Pro Broker Expo due up next week in San Diego, we thought we’d...

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DUEXIS: The Cost of Convenience

Did you know: Back in 2011, Horizon Pharma introduced a new, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug with built-in stomach protection: DUEXIS. DUEXIS is ibuprofin (generic Motrin) 800mg plus famotidine (generic Pepcid) 26.6mg in one convenient tablet. It's meant to be...

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Old made new again (AGAIN)!

Did you know: Generic Paxil - paroxitine hydrochloride - has been available on the $4 plans for some time. We now have Pexeva, which is paroxitine mesylate. What's the difference? Clinically, I am not sure. The NIH, via Pub Med Health, groups it all as paroxitine. The...

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Generic Zyprexa is Here

Did you know: Generic Zyprexa is here. 30 tabs of branded Zyprexa 20mg is $606. 30 tabs of the generic is only $15 (updated prices as of March 2018) at www.healthwarehouse.com! Not as fantastic a difference as when it first went generic - we track these things over...

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What is a steroid worth?

Did you know: Prednisone is available on the $4 plans. Thirty tabs is just $4, and ninety tabs is $10. Orapred ODT (prednisolone), on the other hand, is about $140 for 90 tabs (15mg or 30mg). There is, of course, a small clinical difference between prednisone and...

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We have a new sleep agent: Silenor

Check it out: What's old is new again! Silenor is available in 3mg and 6mg tablets. The retail cost is about $446 per month for 30 tablets. Of course, Silenor is doxepin. Doxepin 10mg (generic) costs about $9 for 30 tablets. I'll let you do the math. Write it right,...

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Introducing Arimidex Direct

Here's a new twist: Pharma has a new business model and, amazingly, the patients win! Arimidex went off patent in 2010. In response, drug maker AstraZeneca launched a direct-to-patient sales program for their branded breast cancer drug. The company's "Arimidex...

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The Many Faces of Welbutrin

Did you know: Wellbutrin is available in 8 different preparations. Aplenzin Budeprion XL Bupropion HCL 12 hour Bupropion HCL 24 hour Bupropion HCL Wellbutrin Wellbutrin SR Wellbutrin XL Bupropion HCL 12 hour is usually the least expensive - indeed, this generic is now...

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