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Urinary Incontinence: Economic Burden and New Choices in Pharmaceutical Treatment

In the year 2000, an estimated 17 million community-dwelling adults in the United States had daily urinary incontinence (UI) and an additional 33 million suffered from the overlapping condition, overactive bladder. Estimates of the total annual cost of these conditions range up to $32 billion; the largest components are management costs and the expenses associated with nursing home admissions attributable to UI. Until recently, pharmaceutical therapy for UI has been limited, especially because the adverse effects of available agents resulted in poor adherence to treatment regimens. Recent innovations in molecular design and new dosage forms of UI medications offer the promise of fewer and less severe adverse effects and, thus, better treatment outcomes for patients. New pharmacologic treatment options for UI have the potential to allow greater independence for older persons who reside at home and to delay or avoid the costs of admission to long-term care facilities.

Access to these new medications for patients enrolled in public and private health care plans also may help to reduce the economic and social burden of UI care.

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E.V.I.dently January 2016

MessageThe Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016In his annual health care outlook, NPC President Dan Leonard explains why...
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The Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016

Last year, in our 2015 Health Care Outlook published in Chain Drug Review, I highlighted the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and...
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E.V.I.dently November 2015

MessageCan We Work Together to Ensure Patient Access to Treatments and Encourage Innovation?Has biopharmaceutical innovation brought value and made a...
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Can We Work Together to Ensure Patient Access to Treatments and Encourage Innovation?

Is it possible for all health care stakeholders to work together to develop solutions for containing costs that ensure patient access to care and...
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Improving Patient Outcomes and Costs in an ACO Through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management

Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2014)—A case study published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy...
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Specialty Medications: Shifting the Focus From “How Much” We Spend to “How Well” We Spend

Washington, DC, June 9, 2014—As health care decision-makers grapple with how to ensure access to specialty medications, the University of Michigan...
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National Pharmaceutical Council Welcomes Amgen as Its Newest Member

Washington, D.C. (January 16, 2013)—The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) today welcomed biotechnology pioneer Amgen as its newest member. Joshua...
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Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012–As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs,...
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The Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016

Last year, in our 2015 Health Care Outlook published in Chain Drug Review, I highlighted the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and...
Commentary and Testimony Page

NPC Comments on CMS' Proposed Changes to Protected Classes

March 7, 2014Marilyn B. TavennerAdministratorCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence...
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Framework Helps ACOs Leverage Pharmaceuticals to Realize Quality, Cost Goals

Medications are more than an item on the balance sheet for health care providers. Pharmaceuticals offer a route to manage costs while achieving...
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Health Care Reform and Pharmaceutical Innovation

Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) is expected to have broad societal benefits, moving forward, it will be...
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Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and Innovative Treatment

Tom Valuck, MD, MHSA, JD, partner, Discern Health, is a co-author of the white paper "Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and...
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Patients, Research and Access to Health Care

Myrl Weinberg, FASAE, CAE, president of the National Health Council, says that it's important to for individuals, especially those with chronic...
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CER and Its Impact on Pharma Innovation

Dr. Darius Lakdawalla, director of research at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California,...
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Is it possible for all health care stakeholders to work together to develop solutions for containing costs that ensure patient access to care and...
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The Shift to Value-Based Care: Balancing Quality Improvement with Patient Access

Over the last few years, there has been a significant shift throughout our health care system to move to a delivery and payment model known as value-...
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Pharmaceutical Innovation’s Role in the Panorama of Health System Improvement and Population Health

When he announced the launch of the White House Precision Medicine Initiative, President Obama said, “If we have the opportunity to prevent hurt and...
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At the HHS Pharmaceutical Forum, We Need to Consider All Health Care Costs

On November 20, stakeholders will come together for a day-long event—“HHS Pharmaceutical Forum: Innovation, Access, Affordability and Better Health”—...

Designing Successful Bundled Payment Initiatives

The National Pharmaceutical Council led a study that identified three principles intended to...

Private Sector Risk-Sharing Agreements in the US: Trends, Barriers and Prospects

A peer-reviewed study found that there are limited risk-sharing agreements (RSAs) between health...
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