Automatic Prescription Refills: Helpful or Wasteful?

Prescription drug programs that automatically ship out refills at regular intervals can help older Americans follow doctor’s orders, according to business organizations that are lobbying against a Medicare crackdown on the practice. Medicare, though, says that the automatic refill programs lead to waste when beneficiaries get prescriptions they don’t need and can’t return them. In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) proposed new regulations that say, in part: “Shipment of unwanted medications is not only wasteful, but …

Are Brand Name Drugs Driving Up Medicare Spending?

By Ankita Rao, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News A new study suggests that cash-strapped Medicare missed an opportunity to save more than $1 billion by not addressing the varying costs and use of prescription drugs. “The main issue, and the only way to fix this, is to change what physicians are doing,” said Dr. Walid Gellad, a lead author and internist with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the University of Pittsburgh. Physicians in the VA system follow an approval …

Taxes on Social Security, Prescription Drugs, Food?

Tax reform proposals are bubbling up in a number of states across the country as elected officials look for ways to stimulate the state’s economy or revamp outdated tax codes. Sometimes, however, a key element gets lost in the debate: what’s fair. Right now, in North Carolina, state leaders are working on a variety of proposals that would force North Carolinians to pay new taxes on the things they count on most, including the basics of everyday living. One Senate …

Drug Take Back Day

It’s that time of year again; here on the East Coast, we’re unpacking our sweaters, and doing a quick inventory of summer, a sort of fall cleaning. Do you do do a seasonal survey of your closet? Maybe, in addition to that home cleaning, you should take a peek in that medicine cabinet of yours. October 29th is Drug Take Back Day. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will be collecting unneeded and expired medicines. Do you hold on to prescriptions …

Who The Heck is Phil The Pill & Why Does He Want My Rx?

AARP Wisconsin was hanging out in Reedsburg this weekend with their new friend Phil The Pill from The P2D2 Program. Who is this mysterious man (bottle?) and what does he want with AARP members? P2D2 is actually a great awareness campaign spreading across the country where anyone can bring in their prescription or over-the-counter medications, thermometers or sharps (including ones for pets) to participating drop off locations, and they will incinerate them for free! If you’re like me you just …

Who The Heck is Phil The Pill & Why Does He Want My Rx?

AARP Wisconsin was hanging out in Reedsburg this weekend with their new friend Phil The Pill from The P2D2 Program. Who is this mysterious man (bottle?) and what does he want with AARP members? P2D2 is actually a great awareness campaign spreading across the country where anyone can bring in their prescription or over-the-counter medications, thermometers or sharps (including ones for pets) to participating drop off locations, and they will incinerate them for free! If you’re like me you just …