Sunday, January 19, 2020

In Brief: Generic Prescription Drugs Net Big Savings

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Generic drugs generated nearly $193 billion in savings to the U.S. health care system in 2011, according to a report by the General Pharmaceutical Association. The group noted that the figure likely will increase in coming years because a slew of high-price brand-name drugs, such as Lipitor and Zyprexa, had their patents expire recently.

Employers that have started online health clinics are looking to expand their services in the future, according to a new report published in LifeHealthPro. The report notes that 62 percent of companies support the clinics to eliminate visits to offsite providers. Cost savings (57 percent) and better access to care (46 percent) also rate as top reasons that companies start or retain onsite clinics, the study found.

A new survey by CareerBuilder finds that 95 percent of employees use foul language around their co-workers, while more than half swear in front of the boss. While foul mouths may be common, most employers still view cussing as crass behavior, with 64 percent saying they'd have a lower opinion of an employee who repeatedly used bad language.

The number of Americans suffering from multiple chronic conditions has grown over the past decade, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The percentage of Americans ages 45-64 with two or more chronic conditions jumped from 16 percent to 21 percent between 1999-2000 and 2009-10, according to the report. For older adults, the rate jumped to 45 percent from 37 percent over the same time period.
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