Tag Archives: Drugs

No evidence of added benefit for most new drugs entering German healthcare system

More than half of new drugs entering the German healthcare system have not been shown to add benefit, argue researchers in The BMJ today. Beate Wieseler and colleagues at the German health technology assessment agency IQWiG (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care) say that international drug development processes and policies are responsible and… Read More »

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 »