Generic Insulin Could Lower Costs, but Red Tape and Prescribing Habits Won’t Make It Easy

Imagine you spend years fine-tuning formulas and undergoing tests, trials, and experiments, before finally developing a potentially life-saving drug. And then two of your neighbors do the same. Over the next century or so, the three of you control the overwhelming majority of the market for that drug, raising prices as you wish and leaving little room for competition or a generic alternative.

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Big Pharma Balks at Lowering Own Prices in Response to Rising Drug Costs

Leadership from seven different drug makers appeared before the Senate Finance Committee late last month , to provide their recommendations for solving the crisis surrounding drug costs. The executives from AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, and Sanofi presented an assortment of ideas that were heavy on finger-pointing and light on actionable solutions.

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Thoughts on the big news from Blue Cross NC

A few hours ago, the North Carolina healthcare landscape received some interesting news. Our largest insurer, Blue Cross NC, has announced that they are going to enter into an affiliation with another company (Cambia, which manages several Blue Cross plans) based outside of North Carolina.

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Blue Cross NC Funding Mobile Health Units Through $750,000 Contribution to ONE Charlotte

In the wake of the civil unrest that enveloped the city of Charlotte in 2016, a directive called ONE Charlotte formed through a partnership between Atrium Health, Novant Health and Bank of America. That collaboration intended to serve critical challenges the community would face, including removing barriers to education, employment, and healthcare.

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Hospital Group Report Cites Rising Drug Costs as Threat to Rural Healthcare

While the old-fashioned general store is a stereotypical pick for the glue that holds a rural community together, a hospital can actually serve as the bonding agent that small towns need to thrive.

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