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Staying Fit While Aging: Benefits of Walking

Posted by Michele Bauer on Aug 25, 2016 10:15:06 AM

As we age, everyday movement can become more challenging.  A simple reach for a glass in the cabinet, or bend to straighten a rug become more intentional and need focus to avoid muscle strain.  One of the worst kept secrets to keeping your joints nimble: walking.

You’ve heard it before, leading a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health complications that could be avoided just by participating in regular physical activity. There are so many health benefits to walking! A quick ten minute walk on a treadmill or around your neighborhood three times a day can help keep health problems at bay.

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Topics: Education, Clinical



Another Perspective on the Potential Impact of Biosimilars

Posted by Luke Johnson on Aug 18, 2016 8:52:34 AM

Many of the discussions surrounding the burgeoning field of biosimilars have focused on how much (or how little) the prices of biosimilar products are expected to vary from the innovator products they’ll be designed to compete against.                                      

One overlooked implication of the launch of a biosimilar is what could happen to the price of the innovator product when a biosimilar product is launched to compete against it.
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Topics: Clinical



August is National Immunization Awareness Month – Are You Up-to-Date?

Posted by Luke Johnson on Aug 11, 2016 9:52:17 AM

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.  While many vaccinations take place from infancy through the toddler years, elderly adults need to be sure they are keeping up with medical expert vaccine recommendations.  These are updated every year based on the latest research and science.

Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases still happen in communities throughout the United States.  Vaccinations protect the people most vulnerable to illness – including infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions. Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person who gets the vaccine, but also helps to keep diseases from spreading to others, like family members, friends, and other members of our communities.

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Topics: Clinical



New RA Guideline from American College of Rheumatology: Potential for Lowered Costs & Improved Outcomes

Posted by Luke Johnson on Aug 4, 2016 8:49:21 AM

In late 2015, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published a revised treatment guideline for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

What is notable is that, while the role of DMARDs (such as methotrexate) in the initial steps of RA treatment, and the role of TNF inhibitors (such as Humira and Enbrel) as “the second step” on the “treatment ladder,” remain unchanged in the revised guideline, the stature of non-TNF biologics (such as Xeljanz and Actemra) is elevated in the new guideline.

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Topics: Clinical



Signs Your Aging Loved One Needs Care and How to Discuss It

Posted by Michele Bauer on Jul 28, 2016 11:11:39 AM

We all want the best for our loved ones, especially as they age. Your aging parent or close relative may be struggling to complete everyday tasks such as cleaning, taking medication or moving around the house. This could be a sign they are in need of additional care. In this post, we will share key indicators your aging loved one is in need of care; tips on how to have this discussion and next steps you can take to make arrangements.

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Topics: Education



Pharmastar | PBM

Pharmastar has been focused on providing full-service pharmacy benefits throughout the United States for over 20 years. We administer pharmacy benefits for a wide variety of nation-wide clients including:

  • PACE
  • Medicare Part D
  • Medicaid managed care
  • Commercial plans

Clients are able to take advantage of customized pharmacy network solutions as well as a national network of over 64,000 pharmacies.

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