Institutional investors doubt that treatments for Alzheimer’s disease being developed by Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly will achieve the main goals of their ongoing late-stage trials, but hopes are running far higher for the Pfizer drug, according to a survey by ISI Group Inc.
Employers want to step up programs to encourage healthier behavior among their workers and to control spending on expensive injected specialty medicines, according to a survey by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co. Five years ago, 57 percent of respondents said their prevailing philosophy for a pharmacy benefit was “providing the broadest coverage.” But now [...]
Health care in America costs more than in other industrialized nation and we aren’t even getting the world’s best care for our dollars, according to a new study. The United States spent $7,960 per capita on health care in 2009, the most of 13 industrialized nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
U.S. health care reform* is on the Supreme Court’s operating table. It’s going to be a long, painful procedure, multiple amputations are likely, and the patient’s survival is uncertain. Whatever the outcome, however, the economic pressure that health care costs put on employers and individuals will continue to mount, and they will seek better value [...]
A study released on Thursday shows that one in four working-age Americans went without insurance at some point in 2011, often as a result of unemployment and other job changes. The study by the Commonwealth Fund polled 2,100 people aged 19 to 64 and found that 26 percent of non-elderly adults went without insurance — a [...]
The number of prescriptions issued to patients declined by 1.1 percent compared with 2010, and visits to the doctor fell by 4.7 percent, the report said. Visits to the emergency room, by contrast, increased by 7.4 percent in 2011, an increase that the report’s authors said was linked to the loss of health insurance resulting [...]