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No 'One Drug Per Therapeutic Class' for Congress

by Tom Norton As many of you may recall, earlier this year I commented on a section of the new Obamacare law that directed Members of Congress and their staffs to participate in the new healthcare program, effective January 1, 2014.  The theory was that if Congress mandated Obamacare for all Americans, then Members of […]
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Congress 'Tip Toes' Around Obamacare

by Tom Norton Of the many issues involved with the actual implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, aka, “Obamacare”, few are more intriguing to me than those that personally impact Members of Congress (MOCs).  Here’s a good example of what I’m talking about — Today, on Capitol Hill, MOCs, along with thousands of their […]
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Despite Growing Momentum, Repeal of Medical Device Tax Faces Significant Hurdles

by William Kitchens On March 21, 2013, the United States Senate approved an amendment by a vote of 79 to 20 to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax. The tax, which went into effect this past January, was included as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Drug Utilization Under Managed Medicaid

Cash-strapped states are shifting patients from traditional fee-for-service Medicaid coverage to managed Medicaid plans. The IMS Institute of Healthcare Informatics took an early look at how this trend effects prescription drug utilization.
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Congress, FDA Should Consider Tech Solutions for Safer Compounding

By Niels Erik Hansen Last fall’s deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections is a tragic reminder of the risk of errors inherent in manual pharmacy medication compounding. Unsanitary conditions at the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that made the injections resulted in fungal contamination of the drugs. The resulting outbreak sickened nearly 700 people in […]
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