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September 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Healthcare costs rise in MA
Although MA healthcare cost increases have slowed in recent years, healthcare spending jumped 4.8 percent last year, double the rate of growth in 2013. MA healthcare spending for 2014 was $54 billion, up from $51.3 billion in 2013, according to numbers provided by the Center for Health Information and Analysis.  Their report shows that much of the spending increase can be attributed to MassHealth, which saw spending rise 19% last year.

New drugs target cholesterol
For individuals who have high cholesterol but cannot tolerate commonly prescribed statins, powerful new cholesterol drugs are now available. The new drugs, however, could cost patients some $14,000 a year and add to the nation’s already high medical costs. Given the high rate of heart disease, however, many experts are calling on doctors to prescribe the new drugs.

MA strikes deal for Narcan
To aid in the fight against opioid addiction, MA Attorney General Maura Healey has struck a deal with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to reduce the cost of Narcan, a drug used to stop heroin overdoses. Under the agreement, Amphastar provides $325,000 for a bulk-purchasing program for cities and towns, and the state is allowed to “stockpile at least 15,000 additional doses of Narcan, which will be distributed to local police and fire departments at reduced prices.”

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