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Rx filling - Utah style
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: February 09, 2020 02:32PM
Utah is sending some state employees to Mexico to fill their prescriptions.

Ten state employees are taking part in the program to reduce costs. In a single day, those employees fly to San Diego, are escorted across the Mexican border, and returned.

The cost difference for those employees' prescriptions is so large that the state's insurance program can pay for each patient’s flight, give them a $500-per-trip bonus and still save tens of thousands of dollars.

The Utah program was created under a 2018 state law dubbed “right to shop,” by Republican Rep. Norm Thurston. The Public Employees Health Program offers it only for people who use a drug on a list of about a dozen medications where the state can get significant savings. Of the 160,000 state and local public employees covered by the insurer, fewer than 400 are eligible.

One patient uses the drug Enbrel. In the US, that drug is over $62,000 per patient. With the Mexico program, after the cost of the flight and the bonus, the state still cuts its expenses in half.



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Re: Rx filling - Utah style
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 09, 2020 04:34PM
Drugs flowing across our border from Mexico.
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Re: Rx filling - Utah style
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 09, 2020 05:48PM
Winning thanks to private insurance!
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Re: Rx filling - Utah style
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: February 09, 2020 07:18PM
Research that led to Enbrel was paid for by U.S. taxpayers in a grant to University of Texas which patented it and then sold it to a company that was in-turn acquired by Amgen.

The original patent expired in 2012 and somehow they managed to take what should have been a 236 day "regulatory review" extension (whose legality was already on shaky ground) and turn it into a 16 year extension, taking a critical medication that should have gone into the public domain after 20 years and extending the maker's monopoly to an unprecedented 36 years.

And then they raised prices.



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Re: Rx filling - Utah style
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: February 09, 2020 08:15PM
Can they make a weekend out of it? I would be all over that.



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Re: Rx filling - Utah style
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 09, 2020 09:30PM
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Research that led to Enbrel was paid for by U.S. taxpayers in a grant to University of Texas which patented it and then sold it to a company that was in-turn acquired by Amgen.

The original patent expired in 2012 and somehow they managed to take what should have been a 236 day "regulatory review" extension (whose legality was already on shaky ground) and turn it into a 16 year extension, taking a critical medication that should have gone into the public domain after 20 years and extending the maker's monopoly to an unprecedented 36 years.

And then they raised prices.

Wow! That core patent was filed in 1992.
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