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Anthem Suit Should Create Change

Anthem is basically trying to recover millions in overpayments to Express Scripts for prescriptions. There is a comment about United Healthcare’s pharmacy benefits manager Optum Rx toward the end of the article, which is interesting. It seems safe to say we can expect some changes possibly by year end or next year regardless of how the lawsuit is settled. No need to fret about the potential for change. This is an enormous event, and it will take time to see what comes out of it.

 

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BREAKING: FDA Postpones December 1st Menu Labeling Rules

As part of the new health insurance law in 2010, restaurants, grocery store delis, and convenient stores that sell prepared food were going to be required to put nutrition labels on their menu. But, Congress has canceled the December 1, 2016 effective date, and no new date has been announced.

A bill was passed last month that will give restaurants and grocers more flexibility on how they label calorie counts, as well as enable “to-go” restaurants to post calories on smart phone apps.  (Nation’s Restaurant News)

We will continue to watch for updates.

Drug Advertising: FDA to Launch First Public Survey Since 2002

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising for pharmaceuticals has been a hot topic recently as federal and state officials have questioned their utility, particularly as the US and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that have them. Now, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to survey patients about their experiences with DTC drug ads.

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