Prescription Data

2013 favored specialists, specialty Rx

2013 favored specialists, specialty Rx

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The latest IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics assessment of 2013's prescription drug use shows that 2.3% of prescriptions account for 30% of a patient's out-of-pocket prescription costs.

Analyst: Eisai should hire more Belviq reps

Analyst: Eisai should hire more Belviq reps

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A Credit Suisse analyst notes that the company will need to make a significant impact to meet even lowered expectations. A possible fix: more sales reps behind Belviq.

Retail pharmacies up consumer satisfaction

Retail pharmacies up consumer satisfaction

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A study shows consumers are increasingly pleased with retail pharmacies, compared to mail order pharmacies, which are often considered a key means of driving adherence and lowering healthcare coverage costs.

CVS joins prescription crackdown

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The drugstore chain says it has cut off over-prescribers of tightly controlled medications.

Business briefs: Mayo Clinic, GSK, Lundbeck, Biogen Idec

Mayo Clinic says 70% of adults are on an Rx, with 25% of older women on an anti-depressant; GSK sinks $24M into rare-disease venture fund; Lundbeck restructures, and may kill 50 jobs; and Tecfidera is reportedly on-track for blockbuster sales estimates but still faces reimbursement hurdles.

Diagnosing pricing issues

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CDC figures suggest patients are avoiding medications to save money, and show that out-of-pocket costs for US consumers are rising faster than those for consumers in many other countries

SaaS firm signs up agencies, others to analytics/RM platform

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Seattle-based Appature has signed up several healthcare marketing agencies and business service firms to use its cloud-based relationship marketing platform.

E-prescriptions boost adherence data

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A new study by Surescripts, the nation's largest e-prescription network, suggests that saving patients the trouble of toting a prescription to a store increases the likelihood that they will get it filled and take their meds.

Data firms get a little help from their friends in Supreme Court case

Data firms get a little help from their friends in Supreme Court case

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The data mining firms fighting for their right to sell physician data got an assist as a host of big names, including a pair of former Health and Human Services secretaries, filed 16 supportive amicus briefs with the Supreme Court.

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