PHARMACY

MedicareCRM.com offers simplified portal for CMS enrollment data

BY Drew Buono

PORTLAND, Ore. A new Web site called MedicareCRM.com will help pharmaceutical industry representatives navigate through enrollment data for Medicare Advantage plans. This data previously was submitted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in an extensive report, which provided the enrollment figures for service areas, but only via combing through pages of information.

The new site cuts through the report and allows the plans to easily monitor their respective service areas, as well as national data.

“MedicareCRM gives myself and managers immediate access to CMS enrollment data,” said Joseph Aggazio, vice president of sales for Unison Administrative Services, a health plan provider, “allowing us to address any areas of concern and ensure timely activity in the field.”

To access the free service at MedicareCRM.com, visitors can click on “MA Data” in the upper right corner of the site. Data can be downloaded quickly by state, county or specific Medicare Advantage plans.

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FDA announces safety review of two immunosuppressive drugs

BY Drew Buono

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration issued an early communication today stating that an ongoing safety review is taking place about the immunosuppressive medications CellCept by Roche and Myfortic by Novartis.

The drugs have been linked in safety data provided by Roche to progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a sometimes fatal disorder that affects the central nervous system.

Roche has recommended including this information in the CellCept label. The active ingredient in CellCept, mycophenolate mofetil, is metabolized by the body to MPA (mycophenolic acid), the active drug ingredient in Myfortic.

The FDA anticipates taking two months to complete its review of the safety data and the proposed revised labeling for CellCept and Myfortic that includes information about PML.

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MyInsuranceExpert.com launches in nine states

BY Drew Buono

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. A new Web site called MyInsuranceExpert.com helps individuals and families research and purchase insurance policies, according to published reports.

MyInsuranceExpert.com is available in Michigan and eight other states and hopes to expand to 40 states by the end of 2009. So far, he said the site’s biggest business comes from states like Texas and Florida, where there are fewer companies offering insurance to employees.

People go to the site to receive online quotes and ultimately purchase their insurance policy. But the site also has personal, licensed advisers who work with each client to ensure they have the most cost-effective policy possible.

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