As various players in the health care industry sharpen their focus on disease prevention, some experts say they’re seeing health plans offering more and more “preventive” drugs at no cost to members.For example, in a June 28 press release, Dean Health Plan said it’s “adding even more preventive drugs to our list of drugs available to [members] for $0.” Additions to the list, which total more than 200, include Advair inhalers (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) for asthma, the diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin), and Alendronate for osteoporosis, says Kevin Engelien, manager of large group product and market research at the Wisconsin-based insurer.
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