Health dept move to promote use of generic drugs at PMCH

Health dept move to promote use of generic drugs at PMCH

PATNA: The Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) administration will start auditing prescriptions issued by doctors from Tuesday onwards to find out whether generic drugs are being prescribed to the patients or not in the inpatient and outpatient departments of the hospital. The move follows a recent state health department notification, which asked the government-run […]

FDA confronts its limits in push on drug pricing

FDA confronts its limits in push on drug pricing

For years experts predicted biosimilars, the copycat versions of biologic medicines, would save the U.S. tens of billions in healthcare spending over the coming decades. So far, however, that hoped-for impact has yet to materialize. The Food and Drug Administration has approved 11 biosimilars, but only three are on the market — thanks to patent […]

Esperion's Cholesterol Combo Pill Cuts Bad Cholesterol 35%

Esperion's Cholesterol Combo Pill Cuts Bad Cholesterol 35%

A cholesterol pill being developed by Esperion Therapeutics of Ann Arbor, Mich., lowered levels of low-density lipoprotein, the “bad” cholesterol linked to heart attacks, by 35% on top of the highest tolerated statin drugs commonly used to treat cardiovascular disease. In patients who could not tolerate an adequate dose of a statin, it lowered the […]

Ad War Over Drug Prices Goes One Step Forward, Two Questions Back

Ad War Over Drug Prices Goes One Step Forward, Two Questions Back

A spending bill passed by the Senate last week includes $1 million for the Trump administration to craft new regulations forcing companies to include prices in prescription drug ads. But there’s still the question of how that would work — and whether the Department of Health and Human Services has the legal authority to make drug companies disclose prices […]

China advised to create drug brands

China should invest more in researching and developing new drugs, as well as intellectual property protection, even though generic versions of existing brand-name drugs can bring short-term benefits, said Margaret Chan, former director-general of the World Health Organization. “Inexpensive generic drugs from India may play an important role in helping patients in poorer countries and […]

Korean doctors favor original drugs after valsartan incident: survey

Korean doctors favor original drugs after valsartan incident: survey

A poll conducted by Inter MD, an information platform for physicians, showed that Korean doctors now prefer original medications as distrust over generic drugs continues to grow after the valsartan incident. The survey, participated in by 260 doctors, was aimed to grasp the actual condition and status of the medical field after the valsartan issue […]

Prescribing generic alternatives to brand-name combination medications can significantly reduce Medicare spending

Prescribing generic alternatives to brand-name combination medications can significantly reduce Medicare spending

1. In this retrospective cost analysis, Medicare spending exceeded $2.9 billion for the 10 most costly brand-name combination medications available from 2011 to 2016. 2. By switching to generic alternatives for these combination drugs, Medicare Part D beneficiaries would have been estimated to save $2.7 billion. Evidence Rating: 2 (Good) Study Rundown: Fixed-dose combination medications […]

FDA finally approves first generic competitor to EpiPen

FDA finally approves first generic competitor to EpiPen

Posted: Aug. 24, 2018 4:50 pm This editorial appeared in the Wall Street Journal. A COUPLE of years ago Washington fell into anaphylactic shock over the high cost of EpiPens, devices that shoot adrenaline into someone having an allergic reaction. But the Trump administration this week injected some overdue competition into the market that could […]