April 2015, Vol 8, No 2
Now that we are solidly into 2015, we should take some time to reflect on a recent special silver anniversary and contemplate what this means for health and healthcare in the next few years. The birthday of the Web is often cited as March 12, 1989. On that date, Sir Tim Berners-Lee produced a document that became the foundation for the Web.
Cardiovascular-Related Healthcare Resource Utilization and Costs in Patients with Hypertension Switching from Metoprolol to Nebivolol
According to the Eighth Joint National Committee, hypertension is a known risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) events, such as stroke, myocardial infarction, and heart failure. Hypertension is defined as persistent systolic/diastolic blood pressure of at least 140/90 mm Hg among patients aged 70 billion in 2010 to an estimated $200 billion in 2030. The goal of therapy in patients with hypertension is to decrease the risk for CV events (such as myocardial infarction or stroke) by reducing and controlling blood pressure.
Moving Beyond Measures into Outcomes in Hypertension Research
Shelby Corman, PharmD, MS, BCPS, Xin Gao, PhD, Sizhu Liu, MS, Reema Mody, PhD,MBA, Haridarshan Patel, PharmD, Yin Wan, MS, BSPharm
Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) can be a debilitating side effect of opioid therapy and may result in increased medical costs. The published data on the economic burden of OIC among long-term opioid users are limited.
Opioid-Induced Constipation Associated with Considerable Economic Burden
Gabriela Dieguez, FSA, MAAA, Amy W. Law, PharmD, Richard Lynen, MD, James Trussell, PhD, Bruce S. Pyenson, FSA, MAAA
Pregnancy is associated with a significant cost for employers providing health insurance benefits to their employees. The latest study on the topic was published in 2002, estimating the unintended pregnancy rate for women covered by employer-sponsored insurance benefits to be approximately 29%.
A Call to Action to Address Burden of Unintended Pregnancies in Plans’ Benefit Design
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