A new study that suggests that employer dumping under Obamacare could be significant, leading to an explosion of the law’s costs and thereby the federal debt. In a worst-case scenario, the number of people covered by Obamacare’s subsidized exchanges could be more than double the estimates of the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Since 2001, while the number of papers published in research journals has risen 44%, the number retracted has leapt more than 15-fold, data compiled for The Wall Street Journal by Thomson Reuters reveal. Just 22 retraction notices appeared in 2001, but 139 in 2006 and 339 last year. Through seven months of this year, there have been 210, according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science, an index of 11,600 peer-reviewed journals world-wide.
Johnson & Johnson reached an agreement in principle to settle a misdemeanor criminal charge related to the marketing of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal, the company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday. Prosecutors have been investigating the company’s Risperdal sales practices since 2004, including accusations that it marketed the drug for unapproved uses, Johnson & Johnson said in its quarterly filing. “Discussions have been ongoing in an effort to resolve criminal penalties under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act related to the promotion of Risperdal,” Johnson & Johnson said. “Certain issues remain open before a settlement can be finalized.”
The iPAD may be the hot device for sales reps, but most physicians are not so enchanted when the devices are whipped out during presentations. In fact, only 36 percent of 1,755 physicians surveyed who talk to reps with iPads or other tablets find the experience to be more beneficial than speaking with reps who use print materials or devices, such as laptops, according to Manhattan Research.
“iPads are all the rage for pharma at the moment, which makes sense given the potential of these devices to support intelligent, nimble sales conversations,” says Manhattan Research vp Monique Levy in a statement. “Unfortunately, some of the detailing programs that are being rushed out the door are sub-par – really no better than something you’d see on tablet PCs six years ago. Doctors won’t waste their time with these.”
An interactive computer software program appears to be effective in helping patients manage their Type 2 diabetes using their mobile phones, according to a new study byUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine researchers. The study is being published in the September issue of the journal Diabetes Care. The study, one of the first to scientifically examine mobile health technology, found that a key measure of blood sugar control – the amount of hemoglobin A1c in a person’s blood – was lowered by an average of 1.9 percent over a period of one year in patients using the mobile health software. The findings support the further exploration of mobile health approaches to manage many chronic conditions, including diabetes.
The number of Americans who act as caregivers for infirm loved ones continues to grow, as do the emotional, financial and medical burdens these family caregivers carry as a result. But experts said the health care system — physicians, nurses, hospitals and manufacturers of medical equipment used at home — can help make family caregivers’ unpaid work a little easier to bear.
The newest figures, released in July by AARP, show that about 42.1 million Americans in 2009 regularly helped an adult loved one with tasks such as cooking, bathing, paying bills, visiting physicians and managing medications. That number, which equals about one in seven Americans, rose 24% from 2007.
The use of generic medications and competition among drug plans have kept annual Medicare spending on prescription medicine at nearly 50% below initial estimates, according to the most recent Medicare trustees report. Based in part on the report, Republicans on Capitol Hill are touting Medicare Part D as a success story in health care and arguing that other federal health programs should emulate it.