Economic factors associated with the purchase and maintenance of vaccine inventory and inadequate reimbursement for vaccination services were the most important to pharmacy and doctors’ office decision makers when considering whether to stock adult vaccines.
The pioglitazone safety warning issued in South Korea, which recommended prescribing with careful attention among those with high risk of bladder cancer, led to a moderate decrease in pioglitazone users.
This cost analysis using data from the Study to Understand Mortality and Morbidity in COPD (SUMMIT) trial found that fluticasone furoate/vilanterol reduced the rates and costs of combined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations and revascularization/cardiovascular events versus placebo.
Pharmacist-provided comprehensive medication management led to a significant difference in emergency department visits and a cost savings of $2.10 to $2.60 for every $1.00 spent relative to a comparator group.
A scalable chronic kidney disease (CKD) quality improvement intervention demonstrated feasibility, decreased hospitalization, and reduced costs. These preliminary results support innovation in CKD by commercial health plans.