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A New Combo Drug is Coming

Drug News from Preferred Medical … On February 28, 2020 the FDA approved Advil® Dual Action that combines 250mg of acetaminophen and 125mg of ibuprofen into a single tablet. While over-the-counter (OTC) medications are not as prevalent at workers’ compensation PBMs as prescription medications (including the prescription versions of acetaminophen and ibuprofen), this new all-in-one …
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A COVID-19 WFH (Retro-Pro)Spective

Employers enacted BCP with HR and IT moving PDQ from WAO to WFH for COVID-19 … SMH. The world is filled with acronyms but the most important one right now, for every employer, is WFH (work from home). Because of shelter-in-place restrictions to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19, what used to be optional and selective …
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Now what do we do?

In the early days of March 2020, the TV series M*A*S*H kept creeping into my thoughts. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it was about a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital near the front lines of the Korean War. Occasionally, the whole hospital would have to pick up and move to a safer location …
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Famotidine & Ranitidine

Drug News from Preferred Medical … The FDA announced on April 1 it is “requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately.” This includes the Zantac brand name variant, a popular drug used for stomach ulcers and conditions where the stomach produces excess acid. The FDA also recommends that …
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FDA Pushes Back Against Fraudulent COVID-19 Remedies

When tragedy strikes, you can count on two things:  (1) some people working to find real solutions, and (2) others trying to take advantage of the situation for a quick profit. With an ever-increasing amount of misinformation circulating with respect to COVID-19, the FDA has been forced to step up measures to protect the public …
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Complex Problems <> Simple Solution

Originally published on WorkersCompensation.com’s Experts View on May 4, 2020 Healthcare is complicated. Healthcare delivered as part of a workers’ compensation claim is even more complicated, for manifold reasons. But stakeholders often do not act as that’s the case because they look for a simple solution to complex problems. For those with the problem (in …
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The Age of Tele-Everything

(originally published on WorkersCompensation.com’s Experts View on April 16, 2020) New habits form within 21 days. That time has passed (and then some) during the societal freeze of shelter-in-place related to the novel coronavirus. This tumultuous time has exacerbated existing issues and accelerated trends for entire countries, individual companies and industries like workers’ compensation. Because …
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My Encore Career

Today I have the honor to join Preferred Medical as their Chief Clinical Officer. I am extremely excited to be part of the talented, dedicated team at Preferred and make my own contribution to providing high-touch care to their (I mean “our”) customers and injured workers.  While I could have stayed in retirement, I recognized …
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Longtime Industry Expert Joins Preferred Medical

Company grows leadership team with addition of industry veteran as Chief Clinical Officer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 6, 2020) – Preferred Medical, a leading pharmacy benefit manager and ancillary service partner in workers’ compensation, announced today that Jim Andrews has joined the company as chief clinical officer. Andrews has over 45 years’ experience in pharmacy administration, …
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Preferred Medical Announces Leadership Changes

Board promotes two industry leaders to aid in the company’s growth and prosperity LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 26, 2020) – Preferred Medical announced today that it has two new changes to its Leadership team. Amy L. Wrightsel, the current Chief Operating Officer, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Craig Towner, currently Senior Vice President …
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