pharmacy benefit managers, PBMs, ND pharmacy lawsuit

Group representing pharmacy benefit managers files suit to block ND laws

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), representing pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), is challenging two new laws recently passed in North Dakota. The suit alleges that the laws would “threaten patient safety” and “increase prescription drug costs for the state’s employees, consumers and Medicare enrollees,” according to PCMA’s press release. The suit was filed Tuesday, July […]

Opioids

Is Opioid Abuse and Overdose a Concern for North Dakota?

Opioids are powerful painkillers that are often prescribed to the patients suffering from excruciating pain. However, substance-abusers crush these narcotic painkillers and consume the pulverized formulation to attain the maximum effects of the drug. Sometimes, the effects of the crushed medication are also compared to a similar level of euphoria as that of heroin. Opioid […]

alzheimer's, dementia

North Dakota’s State Plan for the Aging Population Afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 14,000 North Dakotans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and the figure is expected to escalate to 16,000 by 2025. In fact, a recent article claims that Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in North Dakota, making it the state with the highest death rate from Alzheimer’s in America. […]