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Large Blues health insurer pockets $1.7 billion tax refund

Health Care Service Corp. didn't pay a dime in federal taxes in 2018, according to its latest filings, but it did receive a $1.7B tax refund swelling its net profits to $4.1B.  Read full article here Armstrong, Doyle & Caroll has served the greater Philadelphia...

Prosecutors say generic drug makers schemed to fix prices

Prosecutors charge pharmaceutical companies of working together to manipulate the amount and timing of generic drug price increases. Is this why there is resistance to price transparency efforts?Read full article here Armstrong, Doyle & Caroll has served the...

Winners and losers in Trump’s plan to kill drug rebates

If you don't know how the Rx rebate system works, don't feel bad as most people do not.  But you should know that there is a system in play that affects your Rx costs and it can be perceived as sketchy, or “A shadowy system of kickbacks,” as Health and Human Services...

The Unsung Role of the Pharmacist in Patient Health

Should we take more time to talk to our pharmacist?  “Older adults are taking an awful lot of pills these days — 66 percent take five drugs or more per day, and 27 percent take 10 or more per day — so if some of those pills are no longer necessary and may even be...

Up To A Third Of Knee Replacements Pack Pain And Regret

“We do too many knee replacements,” said Dr. James Rickert, president of the Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics, which advocates for affordable health care, in an interview. “People will argue about the exact amount. But hardly anyone would argue that we don’t...

How to Cut U.S. Drug Prices: Experts Weigh In

Americans pay the highest prices in the world for the prescription drugs and we have no real system in place for holding down drug prices. Drug manufacturers with monopoly products can raise prices to whatever extent the market will bear.  How do you fix...

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