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Free Drug Samples Can Change Prescribing Habits of Dermatologists

Main Point:

The availability of free medication samples in dermatology offices appears to change prescribing practices for acne, a common condition for which free samples are often available.

Published in:

JAMA Dermatology

Author:

Michael P. Hurley, M.S., and colleagues from the Stanford University School of Medicine, California.

Background:

Free drug samples provided by pharmaceutical companies are widely available in dermatology practices.

How the Study Was Conducted:

The authors investigated prescribing practices for acne vulgaris and rosacea. Data for the study were obtained from a nationally representative sample of dermatologists in the National Disease and Therapeutic Index (NDTI), a survey of office-based U.S. physicians, and from an academic medical center where free drug samples were not available.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by saypeople - April 17, 2014 at 1:00 am

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Small cash incentives dramatically improve hepatitis B vaccination rates among injecting drug users

Main Point:

Small financial incentives, totalling as little as £30, can dramatically increase the likelihood of people who inject drugs completing a course of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Published in:

The Lancet

Study Further:

Researchers in the UK found that people undergoing treatment for heroin addiction who received a maximum total of £30 supermarket vouchers in equal or graduated instalments in return for full compliance with a regimen of three HBV vaccine injections were at least 12 times as likely to complete the course within 28 days compared to those not receiving a financial incentive (45% for equal payment instalments and 49% for graduated payment instalments vs 9% for no payment incentive).

The study was led by Professor John Strang from the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London, UK, working in close collaboration with senior colleagues at Imperial College London and University College London (UCL), in the UK.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by saypeople - April 9, 2014 at 5:01 am

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Access to Primary Care Appointments Varies by Insurance Status

Main Points:

Individuals posing as patients covered by private insurance were more likely to secure a new-patient appointment with a primary care physician compared to individuals posing as patients covered by Medicaid or uninsured.

Published in:

JAMA Internal Medicine

Author:

Karin V. Rhodes, M.D., M.S., of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and colleagues.

Background:

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands insurance access, which is intended to improve access to care for the newly insured. But it is unknown whether the primary care system can handle the increased demand.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by saypeople - April 8, 2014 at 1:00 am

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Uninsured Low Income Adults in States Expanding and Not Expanding Medicaid

Main Points:

Low-income uninsured adults in states that opted not to expand Medicaid eligibility as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) appear to have more health-related issues than uninsured adults living in states that expanded public insurance coverage.

Published in:

JAMA Internal Medicine

Author:

Sandra L. Decker, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues.

Background:

The Supreme Court ruled that under the ACA states cannot be compelled to expand Medicaid. This created a coverage-divide beginning in January 2014 with more low-income adults (ages 19 to 64) in 25 states and the District of Columbia (the expansion states) becoming eligible for Medicaid but not uninsured adults in other states that did not expand program eligibility.

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KSE sees good level of investment

For the fourth straight session on Thursday, Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) got improvements. It has recently breaks the barrier of all time high level, i.e. 28,000 points. Even today, before Jummah Prayer, the index was high than Thursday.

According to experts, this level of intense investor participation came after June of last year. In the earlier three days, foreign investment heavily came that increased the confidence of local investers. Moreover, positive GDP growth, controlled inflation and stabilized rupee value are among the factors of improved investment. On a further note, improved country weightage in MSCI index has also improved the confidence of investors.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Usman Paracha - April 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

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