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1. any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasons
2. a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
3. drug on the market a commodity available in excess of the demands of the market


Any substance used internally or externally as a medicine for the treatment, cure, or prevention of a disease.
A narcotic preparation.


principle of evil. [Zoroastrianism: Leach, 325]
See: Evil


The interpretation of drugs in your dreams depends on the relationship you have with drugs in your daily life and whether they are doctor prescribed or not. If you are a drug user, then the drugs are an extension of what you normally do, and you need to look at the other details of your dream to get a good interpretation. However, if you use drugs rarely or never, then this dream could represent a need to get well, to escape from daily stress, and a desire to get quick relief. The drugs could be suggesting a need for healing and getting in balance. Your unconscious mind may be suggesting outrageous things in hopes that you get the message to “have fun, dream dreams, and get out of your own head!” Please keep in mind that the purpose of dreams is to raise our consciousness and to assist us in having better lives. The message in the dream about drug use is most likely not encouraging you to use drugs but it may represent a need to feel better or get better.
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By volume, specialty drugs still account for just over 2% of total prescriptions.
We examined the change in specialty drug use among patients without low-income subsidies ("non-LIS group/study group") as they transitioned from a period of lower cost sharing (preperiod) to a period of higher cost sharing (postperiod).
Added Heidi Kroll, a lobbyist representing America's Health Insurance Plans, "30,000 sounds like a big number," but in the world of specialty drugs, "it is small by comparison."
(http://info.evaluategroup.com/rs/607-YGS-364/images/EPOD15.pdf) Specialty drugs can do amazing things , especially in the (http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/jmahp.v2.23513) realm of rare diseases (those that afflict fewer than 200,000 patients) in which there had been no serious research in the past.
While the precise definition of a "specialty" drug varies somewhat by industry organization, it is widely understood that specialty drugs are used to treat chronic conditions, require special handing, and unique distribution and administration channels.
who rely on a growing class of medications known as specialty drugs -- advanced medicine for complex conditions such as hepatitis C, juvenile arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
When managing total health care costs and looking to improve overall health status, you can't simply look at managing the specialty drug unit costs.
Instead, their standardized contracts typically contain pass-through pricing terms for retail pharmacy drugs, but allow PBMs to continue to impose "spread pricing" for every mail and specialty drug dispensed.
Timing the delivery of medications to minimize waste: By enabling the careful coordination of specialty drug delivery, which often requires strict storage conditions, specialty pharmacies prevent plan sponsors from paying for medications that, when improperly stored, become unsafe to use.
Maybe you could use our explanation to shape your own client communications about the specialty drug cost problem.
Cheryl will be joining Jeweleen Hartzfeld on the topics “Addressing Specialty Drug Management to Achieve Cost Savings and Better Patient Outcomes.” This session will explore a 2013 PBM forecast indicates that U.S.
But patients can end up spending significantly more when they pay for a percentage of a specialty drug's cost.

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