Drug Trends
R. Scott Leslie, MPH; Sara C. Erickson, PharmD; and Bimal V. Patel, PharmD, MS
Adherence among seniors to 3 widely used chronic medication classes differed by medication burden, patient characteristics, and specific comorbid conditions.
From the Editor
Jan E. Berger, MD, MJā€”Editor-in-Chief, President & CEO of Health Intelligence Partners
Ten steps need to be taken to help payers more adequately address the problem of inappropriate prescribing of pain medications.
Original Research
Courtney A. Gidengil, MD, MPH; John P. Caloyeras, MPhil; Mark Hanson, PhD; Richard Hillestad, PhD; and Soeren Mattke, MD, DSc
Our analysis models the clinical and economic value of fidaxomicin for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection compared with metronidazole and vancomycin.
Lee J. Smolen, BSEE; Timothy M. Klein, BS; Christopher A. Bly, BA; and Kellie J. Ryan, MPH
Vaccination with trivalent live attenuated versus inactivated influenza vaccine in children aged 2 to 17 years is cost saving or cost-effective depending on the severity of the influenza season.
Specialty Healthcare Benefits Council
Stephen Altenburger, PharmD; Maureen Miller, MPH, BSN; and Wendy Weingart, MS, RPh
Recent guidance and proposed rules for the Medicare hospice program will have a profound impact on plans providing Medicare Part D services.
Web Exclusives
Michael S. Taitel, PhD; Robert J. Sanchez, PhD; Leonard E. Fensterheim, MPH; Jack Mardekian, PhD; Adam E. Cannon, MPH; Thomas B. Rough, RPh; and Melissa A. Farley, PharmD
Patients receiving a focused pharmacist-delivered counseling program demonstrated improved adherence to target chronic medications and other nontarget chronic medications not directly addressed by the intervention.
Philip Levin, MD; Wenhui Wei, PhD; Aleksandra Vlajnic, MD; Chunshen Pan, PhD; Lin Xie, MS; Jay Lin, PhD; and Onur Baser, PhD
Controlling for baseline characteristics, saxagliptin patients had lower medical costs compared with sulfonylurea patients, and lower medical and total costs than sitagliptin patients.
Mohd Aftab Alam, PhD; Raisuddin Ali, PhD; Fahad Ibrahim Al-Jenoobi, PhD; and Abdullah M. Al-mohizea, PhD
The article comprehensively describes the approved contraceptive pills, dosage regimens, guidelines to manage missed pills, and emergency contraceptive pills.