Tag Archives: Drugs

CMS reduces exchange user fees, changes coupon policy for brand name drugs, in 2020 final rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today finalized payment, risk adjustment and drug policies in its annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the 2020 benefit year. The 2020 payment notice is aimed at encouraging the use of generic drugs and to lower the cost of Affordable Care Act premiums, CMS said. PRESCRIPTION… Read More »

Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Reproductive eAge Women: Valproic Acid and Topiramate Common

There have long been concerns regarding the safety of the anticonvulsant valproic acid (Depakote) during pregnancy.  Back in 2009, the American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society recommended against the use of valproic acid in women of childbearing age because of the various risks associated with prenatal exposure, citing significantly increased risk of congenital… Read More »

Precision drugs could unmask cancers to immune system and boost effects of immunotherapy

Precision cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors have a previously unknown ability to boost the immune system, and could help many more patients benefit from immunotherapy, a new study reveals. Scientists found that PARP inhibitors sparked a powerful immune response when used against cancer cells with weaknesses in repairing their DNA. The study changes our understanding… Read More »