PCORI asks for input on research for hepatitis C drug prescribing guidelines | Survey finds high potential for churn during ACA open enrollment | FDA launches drug quality office
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October 17, 2014
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PCORI asks for input on research for hepatitis C drug prescribing guidelines
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is asking for public input on whether it should fund research on hepatitis C treatments, care delivery, timing, screening and diagnostic tests, which is related to the reimbursement restrictions that states have implemented in an effort to afford the high prices of new drugs. InsideHealthPolicy.com (subscription required) (10/16)
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Survey finds high potential for churn during ACA open enrollment
Only 20% of people who purchased a health insurance plan through an Affordable Care Act exchange said they are not satisfied with their plan, but two-thirds of enrollees said they plan to get a different plan for 2015, a study by Radius Global Market Research found. Enrollees who believed they were well-informed about their plans were more likely to be satisfied, the survey found. Central Penn Business Journal (Harrisburg, Pa.) (10/16)
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FDA launches drug quality office
The FDA will open the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality on Jan. 1. in an effort to oversee drug quality throughout a product's lifetime. The new office will give drugmakers "a single drug quality assessment that captures the overall OPQ recommendation on approvability, and OPQ will provide feedback on quality deficiencies earlier in the review cycle," said Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Janet Woodcock, who will lead the new office on an interim basis. Regulatory Focus (10/16)
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FDA examines link between pill changes, adherence
The FDA is planning a survey of about 3,000 pharmacists and patients to examine how changes in a pill's appearance such as the color affect medication adherence, especially for generic drugs. Previous studies suggest changes in a drug's physical characteristics were associated with reduced adherence and higher medical costs. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot blog (10/16)
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More physicians warming up to health care law
Data from The Medicus Firm's Physician Practice Preference Survey revealed 8.6% of responding doctors gave the health care law an A rating, an increase from 6.3% in 2013. The survey found more physicians said the Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care, but few said it has improved the efficiency of health care. BeckersHospitalReview.com (10/15)
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Drug Industry Spotlight
Organon, Ranbaxy reach settlements on alleged Medicaid overpricing
Merck & Co.'s Organon unit will pay $31 million for allegedly failing to give state Medicaid programs the best available price, offering kickbacks to nursing homes and conducting off-label marketing. Ranbaxy agreed to pay almost $40 million for allegedly reporting false or inflated prices and failing to disclose discounts to Texas' Medicaid program. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot blog (10/16)
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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
American psychiatrist
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