June 2014 Vol 7, No 4

Counterfeit drugs comprise an increasing percentage of the US drug market and even a larger percentage in less developed countries. Counterfeit drugs involve both lifesaving and lifestyle drugs.
The Hidden Market of Counterfeit Drugs a Concern for All Stakeholders
The following summaries highlight some of the key posters presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), April 1-4, 2014, in Tampa, FL, focusing on areas of interest for payers, employers, drug manufacturers, providers, and other healthcare stakeholders.
Undoubtedly, 2014 will be characterized by the ascendency of a new type of healthcare consumer. “Consumers are no longer passive patients, but rather engaged—and more discerning—customers wielding new tools and better information to comparison shop.
Diabetes is a well-known growing epidemic, but prediabetes is increasing at an even greater rate. Lifestyle changes are effective tools to prevent the progression of prediabetes to diabetes, yet many people are unable to follow such changes. Salsalate has been suggested as a possible treatment for diabetes as early as 1876 and as recently as in a 2013 study.
Considering Salsalate Use in Patients at Risk for Diabetes
Understanding the economic implications of oral anticoagulation therapy requires careful consideration of the risks and costs of stroke and major hemorrhage. The majority of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are aged ≥65 years, so focusing on the Medicare population is reasonable when discussing the risk for stroke.
The Clinical Toll of Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation Poses Significant Economic Burden

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