IN SUMMARY: PBMs are keeping a smaller share of rebates and passing more along to their clients. Instead, PBMs are collecting more revenue through various fees — the same shift the Trump administration envisions — and through a practice called “spread pricing,” according to a Pew analysis.Continue reading
IN SUMMARY: Nearly three-quarters of Americans over 50 worry about being able to afford prescription drugs for themselves and their families, according to a new AARP nationwide survey. AARP’s campaign will include television ads, a strong social and digital media presence, and grassroots efforts via mail, email, and phone by AARP’s 38 million members, in order to convince lawmakers to act on drug pricing.Continue reading
IN SUMMARY: Millennials are the biggest demographic in the workforce but a career working in pharma is not high on their list. Pharma’s own culture continues to drive people away and allowing employees to wear jeans is not going to lead to a flood of resumes for open positions or keep them engaged.Continue reading
IN SUMMARY: Physicians continue to push pharma companies to discontinue DTC marketing but is it better or worse for patients?Continue reading
IN SUMMARY: Some pharma companies are turning to Instagram influencers to help reach patients but when pharma pays these influencers is it crossing the line or compensating someone for their time?Continue reading
IN SUMMARY: The EHR market is still very fragmented as a single “user-friendly” vendor has not been able to lead the way. For pharma marketers, the promise of integrating patient-focused educational material is still the Holy Grail to reach patients at the point of care but will patients feel it crosses a line?Continue reading
- Recent national surveys show health care costs are a top concern in U.S. households
- In 2017, more than half (56%) of people under age 65 — about 152 million people — had insurance through an employer.
- Average premiums for employer health plans rose sharply in 2017.
- The average annual deductible for single-person policies rose to $1,808 in 2017.
ombined, average employee premium contributions and potential out-of-pocket spending to meet deductibles across single and family policies rose to $7,240 in 2017 and was $8,000 or more in eight states.