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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...

Hospital Profits Slide As Threats Emerge From Amazon To CVS

As CVS and Amazon look to enter non traditional patient centered spaces, hospitals and health systems are introducing more outpatient services and consolidating to gain leverage, they are facing a parade of new competitors that are poised to take market...

Why Are We Still So Fat?

In 1976, 15% of Americans were obese.  It is now 40%. Cheap & addictive garbage foods, larger serving sizes sedentary lifestyle all lead to a lifestyle that costs over $150 billion annually Read full article here Armstrong, Doyle & Caroll has...

Anthem’s PBM On Track for 2020 Launch

The Medical Insurance and PBM merger pace keeps getting faster, after CVS/Aetna and Cigna/ExpressScripts set the stage, Anthem looks to insource their own PBM. Read full article here Armstrong, Doyle & Caroll has served the greater Philadelphia area...

Express Scripts to open up mail-order pharmacy network

ExpressScripts is sending notification that its networks will expand to include "pharmacies predominantly engaged in mail-order practice" by the first quarter of 2019.  This has game change impact as Express Scripts, which works on Rx prices for over 80...

Will a CVS-Aetna be good for consumers?

The Dept of Labor has approved the $69 billion merger of CVS and Aetna. The question now is: what impact will this have on the consumer?  Some suggestion is that a vertical integration such as this could improve cost efficiencies, therefore helping lower...

Drug prices going up despite Administration’s promise

Rx costs continue to climb, despite talk from the Administration about setting cost controls, despite outcries over EpiPen costs, despite Pfizer and Nostrum Laboratories raising prices from 10% to 404%. We have a broken pricing system that will...

Blame Emergency Rooms for the Out-of-Control Cost of Health Care

The run away train that is Emergency Room costs.  In California, total billed charges by hospitals rose by a staggering $263 billion, to $386 billion from 2002 to 2016, even though the number of patients admitted did not increase. Billed charges to health...

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