Drugs

Discontinuing statins extends and improves life for terminally ill, study suggests

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Discontinuing cholesterol-busting drugs called statins would save money and potentially extend the lives of terminally ill patients, new research from Duke University School of Medicine suggests.

New health law cutting drug costs?

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Senior citizens have saved $4 billion on prescription drugs since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In the first half of this year alone, prescription savings for more than 1 million Medicare recipients totaled $687 million, the government claims. "Millions of people with Medicare have been paying less for prescription drugs, thanks to the healthcare law," said Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in a statement.

Medicare might have made duplicate payments for medications used by hospice beneficiaries, OIG report suggests

Medicare might have made duplicate payments for medications used by hospice beneficiaries, OIG report suggests

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Medicare appears to have paid pharmacies twice for medications taken by hospice beneficiaries, a government report found.

Try it: 'I don't know'

Try it: 'I don't know'

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Let's face it: Often there isn't any solid evidence as to why a resident is on a medication. Many times, they came from the previous location on a bucket load of medications and they stay on them.

Part D drug consolidation could save Medicare $150 million, CMS finds

Consolidating drugs covered by Medicare Part B and Part D under Part D could save Medicare nearly $150 million, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Blood pressure meds promote muscle growth in frail elderly, study says

Seniors fighting muscle weakness could be helped by widely available blood pressure medications, according to new research.

Aging baby boomers more likely to need drug treatment than older cohorts, study finds

Illicit drug use by seniors is on the rise. That could lead to a significant increase in the need for drug treatment services for seniors over the next decade, according to a new report.

Many doctors unknowingly prescribe drugs 'off-label,' study finds

A large number of physicians don't know when they are prescribing drugs, including antipsychotics, "off-label," according to a recent report.

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