I ask perplexity.ai what percentage of total medical expenses is prescription costs

Back in the day… before there was NO PBM industry. I remember it being reported that Rx costs were about 6% of total healthcare expenditures. The PBM industry was a result of an AUW contract at the end of 1969.  I don’t remember, but probably the effective date was the first of 1970. Back then, […]

Thinking Out Loud: The Chevron Doctrine

Thinking Out Loud: The Chevron Doctrine https://www.acsh.org/news/2024/07/03/thinking-out-loud-chevron-doctrine-48846 Thank God for the Supreme Court. If not for their reversal of the Chevron doctrine, we would continue to be subject to the regulatory whims of a faceless, often agenda-driven, unelected bureaucracy. With a sweep of its magisterial pen, the justices have turned over the fine details that […]

FTC Releases Interim Staff Report on Prescription Drug Middlemen

FTC Releases Interim Staff Report on Prescription Drug Middlemen https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2024/07/ftc-releases-interim-staff-report-prescription-drug-middlemen The Federal Trade Commission today published an interim report on the prescription drug middleman industry that underscores the impact pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have on the accessibility and affordability of prescription drugs. The interim staff report, which is part of an ongoing inquiry launched in […]

Insurers brought in $50B through ‘questionable’ Medicare Advantage coding

If “we” end up with “Medicare for all” or some form of “universal healthcare system”  Could this be the template for such a program? Does anyone believe that our private health insurance industry would be against that or would they throw untold $$$ into hiring lobbyists to help ensure that Congress goes down the path […]

Is the overturning of the Chevron Doctrine a good or bad thing?

I don’t agree with this author’s opinion of what the overturning of Chevron doctrine is going to do to necessarily harm our society’s health. One of the biggest generators of CO2 is the biological functions of most organisms’ metabolism. One thing that appears that could happen is that the DEA will have its hands tied […]

Legislators slam PBM Express Scripts re: Tricare pharmacy program

Two dozen members of Congress sent a letter recently to the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and the director of the Defense Health Agency regarding concerns about Express Scripts and how it’s running the Tricare pharmacy program. Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), the letter highlights that the […]

The PBM middleman’s primary job – MAKE MONEY!

NY State’s Self-Congratulatory BS Report on Opioid ‘Progress’

NY State’s Self-Congratulatory BS Report on Opioid ‘Progress’ https://www.acsh.org/news/2024/06/28/ny-states-self-congratulatory-bs-report-opioid-progress-48835 Let’s have a round of zero applause for the New York State Department of Health for its June 24th publication to physicians, misnamed “Data to Action Opioid Prescribing in New York State.” In a mastery of the self-evident, the authors reached this lame conclusion: if New […]

I asked perplexity.ai what would be the clinical reasons for a pharmacist to refuse to fill a prescription without contacting the prescriber

            This is a graphic representing the fictitious clinical facts that are starting to hit the fan Pharmacists play a critical role in ensuring the safe and effective use of medications. There are several clinical and regulatory reasons why a pharmacist might refuse to fill a prescription without first contacting […]

I asked perplexity.ai about the DEA statutory authority under CSA

This is a graphic representing the fictitious clinical facts that are starting to hit the fan Does the DEA have any statutory authority to establish medical standard of care and best practices under the controlled substance act? The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) does not have statutory authority to establish medical standards of care and best […]