Medicare/Medicaid Posts

Amazon Private Label Healthcare Offerings Grow

November 27, 2018

It remains to be seen how disruptive Amazon will be in the prescriptions space now that it has its own online pharmacy. The company snagged PillPack, which focuses on delivering individualized rolls of presorted medicines to people who manage multiple daily medications.   Read More Application Activity Improves

November 27, 2018 signup activity continued to improve during the third week of the open enrollment period for individual major medical coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2019. Managers of the Affordable Care Act public exchange enrollment and administration system report that 748,244 households selected plans during the third week of the 2019 open enrollment period, which ended Nov. 17. Read More

A Drug Maker Boosted the Price of Its Opioid-Overdose Antidote by 600 percent, and Taxpayers Suffered

November 20, 2018

In order to capitalize on the opioid crisis, a small company that sells a version of naloxone, a decades-old drug that is widely used to reverse the effect of opioid and heroin overdoses, raised the price of its product by more than 600 percent between 2014 and 2017, which cost the federal government more than $142 million, according to a lengthy report from a Senate subcommittee. Read More

Lower Drug Prices Get an Assist From a Big Player

November 20, 2018

Express Scripts Holding Co. and other pharmacy-benefit managers make money by negotiating drug prices on behalf of health-plan providers. The list prices that pharmaceutical companies set for their drugs diverge wildly from their real cost, and PBMs widen and feast on the gap, which helps make them some of the principal beneficiaries of America’s byzantine pricing system. Read More