The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) set minimum federal standards for prescription drug coverage. Plans wanting to participate in the program could offer the standard benefit or a variation that was approved as actuarially equivalent by CMS. Most plans elected to modify the standard design with their own formularies and combination of enhanced benefits. Each plan sought the right combination of premium level, benefit package, formulary structure, and tiered co-pays that they believed would attract and keep an acceptable share of the market while generating a profit to the plan.
Just a few years ago switching to a generic drug without consulting a physician or discussing it with the patient was a rare thing for a pharmacist to do. But the times are a-changin'.
Some of the eligible products include Ensure, Glucerna, Depend, Poise, Huggies, Cottonelle Fresh Folded Wipes, Citrucel, Comfort Personal Cleansing, No-Rinse, and Os-Cal.
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Like a Turkish bazaar, the exhibit floor of the recent ASHP midyear conference, drawing an eye-popping attendance of 20,000 registrants, showcased many new products for health-system pharmacists. Here are some of the new wares displayed at the Las Vegas show
A dizzying array of new products was highlighted at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Marketplace 2005 conference, held in New Orleans last month. At this largest front-end trade show in the industry, the buzzword was natural, with the majority of new products containing natural ingredients to satisfy customer demand for safer solutions to healthcare problems. Here's a look at the new entries in personal care, dietary supplementation, and home health care.
New cough, cold, and sore throat products for upcoming season.