Independence Blue Cross adds MinuteClinic to its list of healthcare providers
PHILADELPHIA Independence Blue Cross, a health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania, announced on Tuesday that its Personal Choice members now have a broadened network with the addition of MinuteClinic.
Beginning in October, MinuteClinic, a provider of retail-based health clinics that is owned by CVS Caremark, is now a participating healthcare provider within IBC’s PPO network. This move enhances access to care for those IBC members who have Personal Choice coverage. In the southeastern Pennsylvania region there are currently 17 MinuteClinic locations and several more locations are expected to open throughout the area within the next year.
“We want to ensure that our members can achieve and maintain the best possible health outcomes,” stated Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, IBC chief medical officer. “That means offering the right programs and facilitating access high-quality, cost-effective care. Our members lead hectic lives and MinuteClinic retail-based health settings can provide a convenient alternative for common health problems when a member is unable to see his or her primary care physician.”
Capital Health System, Bristol-Myers Squibb to spread awareness about chronic diseases, prescription drugs
PRINCETON, N.J. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Capital Health System have announced that they will co-host a health fair Tuesday, Oct.14, to highlight the importance of managing chronic diseases and disseminate information about assistance programs created to help low-income patients pay for prescription drugs.
The fair is scheduled to start at noon and run until 3 p.m. at the Capital Health System Family Health Center in Trenton. Free wellness screenings will be given and actor Joey Pantoliano will make an appearance and speak about diagnosing and treating depression.
Pantoliano will speak on behalf of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a nationwide network of pharmaceutical makers working to provide assistance to low-income individuals to pay for their medications for chronic illnesses.
Capital Health System also will provide free high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia and HIV/AIDS screenings, free vision tests, perform height and weight screenings and distribute information about breast, colorectal and prostate cancers.
Other health-related information provided by Capital and Bristol-Myers Squibb at the fair will cover body composition screenings for newborns, breast-feeding information for new mothers as well as bicycle safety training and demos on and car seat installations for small children.
Appeals court sides with Amgen over Roche anemia drug patent infringement
WASHINGTON Amgen won a case against Roche over a drug for anemia that the latter has tried to get into the United States market in a U.S. appeals court Friday, affirming an Oct. 3 decision by a federal judge in Boston.
Amgen said that Roche’s drug Mircera (methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta) infringed on its patents for the drugs Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) and Epogen (epoetin alfa). Mircera is on the market in Europe, and the Food and Drug Administration approved it for the U.S. market in 2007.
“Amgen is pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed the preliminary injunction barring Roche from selling its [peg-erythropoietin] product in the United States in violation of Amgen’s erythropoietin patents,” Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen said in a statement.