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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Patient POV On Vacation


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Tweet I won’t be posting very much for the next 10 days. Vacation beckons. I am off to Cape via Provincetown tomorrow and then on to Martha’s Vineyard. Spent a lovely long weekend in the Boston area and in New … Continue reading


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When the Pharmaceutical Benefit Manager
Won’t Let You Go On Vacation


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Tweet I ┬áleave for vacation in the morning and it was not music to my ears when I heard that the pharmaceutical benefit manager (PBM), the company that reviews your drug use for your health plan or employer, denied an … Continue reading


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Posted in Drug costs, pharmaceutical benefit managers
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Won’t Let You Go On Vacation

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My $5,000 Tooth and the Institute of Medicine Dental Report


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Tweet What a coincidence! The Institute of Medicine released a report today titled Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations and I am one step further in my saga of trying to save a tooth! It … Continue reading


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Posted in Access to care, dental care, Institute of Medicine, Medicaid, Medicare
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Inattention to Drug Safety in the Elderly
Leaves Generations At Risk


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Tweet This post originally appeared in a slightly different form in Scientific American’s guest blog on June 30, 2011. My frail, 92-year-old mother was prescribed 80 mg of the cholesterol-lowering drug, or statin, simvastatin (Zocor) for years, possibly decades. She … Continue reading


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