Novo Nordisk featured in Working Mother’s ‘100 Best Companies’ list
PRINCETON, N.J. Working Mother magazine has named drug maker Novo Nordisk one of the best companies in the country for family-friendly benefits, the company said Thursday.
The U.S. subsidiary of the Danish drug maker was named a Working Mother 100 Best Company for programs designed to help families balance work-life needs, such as adoption reimbursement, health benefits, paid time off and assistance for families sending their kids to college.
“It is an honor to be named as a Working Mother 100 Best Company,” said Novo Nordisk VP human resources Jeff Frazier. “This recognition shows our commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment, where everyone has an opportunity to participate in creating business success and people are valued for their unique skills, experiences and perspectives.”
FDA issues new dosing guide for children using Valcyte
WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration has approved new dosing recommendations for children and adolescents using a drug for heart and kidney transplants.
The agency announced Wednesday the recommendations, designed to prevent overdosing in children taking Genentech’s antiviral Valcyte (valganciclovir), particularly among those of low weight, smaller size and very low serum creatinine.
The drug is used in children ages 4 months to 16 years to prevent cytomegalovirus disease in children who have received a kidney or heart transplant. Patients who have received organ transplants must take immune-suppressant drugs to prevent rejection, which can make them vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections. CMV is known to cause such serious diseases as pneumonia and colitis in people with weakened immune systems.
The drug also is used to prevent CMV disease in patients with AIDS.
CVS Caremark, US Airways tout success of Maintenance Choice
WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark’s Maintenance Choice program has equated to more consistency in maintenance medication refills for US Airways employees, the companies reported on Wednesday at a National Business Group on Health conference.
Maintenance Choice is a program that provides CVS Caremark PBM clients and their members the flexibility to select the most convenient way to receive maintenance medications. Regardless of whether members choose to receive their 90-day prescriptions via mail or in the store, they pay the typically lower mail co-pay, while the plan sponsor receives the typically lower mail rate.
“The Maintenance Choice program is a great fit for our organization,” stated Pam Weier, director of benefits for US Airways. “Not only does this program allow the company to get the benefit of mail-order rates on 90-day prescriptions at a retail drug store, but, more importantly, it [also] provides a local venue for our members to pick up their medications at their convenience. Historically, members of our team who travel frequently were reluctant to use mail service for their prescriptions when their schedule didn’t allow them to be home to receive it. Now that we have implemented Maintenance Choice, those same members have embraced the program and truly appreciate the flexibility and convenience of picking up their prescriptions at a local CVS/pharmacy.”
According to data from January to May 2010, the percentage of US Airways members who were optimally adherent to medications for such chronic conditions as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol improved by as much as 18 percentage points.
CVS Caremark reported that as of the end of second quarter 2010, more than 525 clients, representing roughly 6.3 million lives, have enrolled in Maintenance Choice as an option to improve convenience, increase adherence and reduce costs for chronic medications.