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MANAGED CARE February 2013. © MediMedia USA
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Workers aren’t nearly as healthy as they think they are, says a study sponsored by the National Business Group on Health. Nearly 90 percent think they are in good shape. The reality is that more than half of survey respondents are overweight or obese. In addition, employees severely underestimate how much of their health care costs are covered by their employers.... The FDA approved more drugs in 2012 than it had in any year since 1996. It approved 39 new medications and biological products, up from 30 in 2011 and 21 in 2010. Pharmaceutical companies, still feeling the effects of many drugs switching to generic status, of course welcome this development.