Category Archives: Patient Communication

The Vanishing Rx Patient Assistance Programs?

by Tom Norton In the early 1990’s, during the debate over the Clinton healthcare plan, I recall sitting in an interesting meeting at my pharma company headquarters. In response to the Clinton’s charges that the industry was “price gouging,” my firm was proposing that we provide free prescription products to any patients who could not […]
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Belviq's Battle of the Bulge

Arena Pharmaceuticals’ and marketing partner Eisai’s Belviq – the first FDA-approved drug to treat obesity in over a decade – is making progress with payers and beefing up sales forces to target primary care physicians. DTC support began in September. Perhaps the most significant development in obesity of late is the recognition by payers – […]
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Six Steps to Better Medicines Adherence

On Friday, the New England Health Institute (NEHI), outlined six “Priorities for Action” to help steer the solution to better medication adherence in the US. These priorities signal public and private policymakers alike to improve the way patients take their medication.
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Messaging in Healthcare: Making Sound and Fury Signify Something

by Les Funtleyder Recently, there was a bit of a dust-up over whether it was appropriate for the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to engage the National Football League (NFL) to help HHS with the process of drumming-up enrollment for health insurance exchanges. In the end, the NFL and other sports leagues decided […]
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Why the Slow Take-up of Comparative Effectiveness Research? It's Time and Money, Says a New PCORI Survey

Earlier this week, the federal government’s Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) unveiled a new survey, revealing that both patients and clinicians want in health research to focus on one thing: improving outcomes. A panel of healthcare providers discussed how findings will impact the structure and content of comparative effectiveness research (CER), advocating patient-centric dissemination […]
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