The Top 50 Rx Drugs Filled in the U.S.

LowestMed released its list of the top 50 prescription drugs filled in the first quarter of 2016. Topping the list is Atorvastatin Calcium, Lipitor’s generic equivalent, which is used to treat high cholesterol. It also lowers the risk of stroke and heart attack. The top five filled drugs treat a growing number of Americans with high cholesterol, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, GERD, and type 2 diabetes. The other drugs rounding out the top 10 also treat high blood pressure, and high cholesterol and chronic pain. These are the top 10 Rx drugs filled in the U.S. the first quarter of of 2016:

  • Atorvastatin Calcium (generic Lipitor)
  • Levothyroxine (generic Synthroid)
  • Lisinopril (generic Prinivil)
  • Omeprazole (generic Prilosec)
  • Metformin (generic Glucophage)
  • Amlodipine (generic Norvasc)
  • Simvastatin (generic Zocor)
  • Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (generic Lortab)
  • Metoprolol ER (generic Toprol XL)
  • Losartan (generic Cozaar)

To get the complete list of the Top 50 Prescription Drugs, visit lowestmed.com.

How a Network Can Improve the Health of Medicare Beneficiaries

Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol may achieve better health outcomes when using pharmacies that are part of performance-based networks, according to a study by SCAN Health Plan and Express Scripts. Phase I results demonstrated that, when compared to a national sample of retail pharmacies, the pharmacies in the Quality Network achieved 60% higher performance scores for reducing the use of high-risk medications among SCAN members, and 23% higher scores for improving compliance with diabetes treatment guidelines among SCAN members. When compared to a sample of non-SCAN members using the same Quality Network pharmacies, the Quality Network achieved 34% higher scores for high-risk medications and 8% higher scores for diabetes treatment among SCAN members.

Californians with the Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting

Chronic conditions are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and are the biggest contributor to health care costs. But there is wide variation in their incidence. Major differences depend on age, income, race and ethnicity, and insurance status, according to a report by the California HealthCare Foundation. The report finds that many Californians with chronic conditions are delaying needed care because of cost. The following are key findings:

  • About 40% of adults have at least one of the five chronic conditions studied.
  • High blood pressure is the most common chronic condition, affecting about one in four, or 7.6 million, adults in California.
  • The prevalence of chronic conditions falls as income rises. Fourteen percent of adults living under 138% of the federal poverty level have two or more chronic conditions compared to 8% of adults in the range of 400% or more of the federal poverty level.
  • 34% of Californians with psychological distress delayed getting needed medical care, and 27% delayed filling prescriptions. Cost or lack of insurance was frequently cited as the reason for these delays.
  • 70% of Californians who are 65 or older have at least one chronic condition, compared to 26% of those  18 to 39.

Wal-Mart to Offer Leading Hypertension Drugs for a Penny

Starting in 2013, members of the Humana Wal-Mart-Preferred Rx Plan will have access to 10 hypertension drugs for one cent each when filled at one of the 4,400 Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club stores. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that close to 70% of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older have hypertension,

The Humana Wal-Mart-Preferred Rx Plan has grown by more than 50% over the past year and has nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled. The new offering makes the following prescriptions more affordable for Humana Wal-Mart-Preferred Rx Plan members living with high blood pressure:

• Lisinopril
• Hydrochlorothiazide
• Metoprolol Tartrate
• Atenolol
• Lisinopril-Hydrochlorothiazide
• Triamterene-Hydrochlorothiazid
• Enalapril Maleate
• Benazepril
• Nadolol
• Captopril

Additional Humana Wal-Mart-Preferred Rx Plan features can be found athttp://press.humana.com/news/humana/20121014005054/en/Humana-Walmart-Preferred-Rx-Plan-PDP-Affordable-Prescriptions.

Last Updated 11/1/2017

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