Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spending medicines

  • April 4 (Reuters) - A raft of new medicines pushed U.S. spending on drugs modestly higher last year, but the gains were curbed by weak prescription use as Americans avoided doctor visits, according to a report released on Wednesday. Overall U.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • Consumer spending slowed across all areas of health care last how often and what circumstances they'll visit the doctor and how they'll use medicine.
  • (Bloomberg)
  • PARSIPPANY, N.J. — U.S. spending on prescription drugs was nearly flat in 2011 at $320 billion. It was held down by senior citizens and others reducing use of medicines and other health care and by greater use of cheaper generic pills.
  • (Washington Post)
  • Dr. Christine Cassel, president of the American Board of Internal Medicine, said the goal is to reduce wasteful spending without harming patients.
  • (Washington Times)
  • These characters like to pretend fealty to the constitution while demanding more spending for socialized medicine programs like Medicare and also pushing a liberal internationalist foreign policy that would have appalled the founding fathers.
  • (and he can't get up - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog))
  • Results Patients baseline health status was similar across hospital expenditure groups. Patients admitted to hospitals in the highest- vs lowest-spending intensity terciles had lower rates of all adverse outcomes.
  • (AMA)
  • By some estimates, unnecessary treatment constitutes one-third of medical spending in the United States. Overuse is one of the most serious crises in American medicine, said Dr.
  • (San Jose Mercury News)
  • About 80 percent of the drugs used by patients were copycat versions of older medicines, like Pfizer Inc.'s Lipitor, that have lost patent protection. Generic usage was up from 78 percent in 2010 and 67 percent in 2007.
  • (NJ.com)

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