CMS estimates that about 19 percent of drug benefit plans are employing lock-in pricing. The company says the practice impacts about 14 percent of the 25.8 million beneficiaries enrolled in the drug benefit plan. Based on the Journal, the price difference from using lock-in pricing is a lot higher for generic medicines than brand-name medications. The Journal reviews that CMS officials have already been attempting to counter the result of lock-in pricing almost since the inception of the Medicare medication benefit. Abby Block, director of the Center for Drug and Wellness Program Choice at CMS, said that the company thought lock-in prices was prohibited when the drug benefit was created. ‘We thought we had a clear policy,’ Block said, adding, ‘We discovered that there are various ways of interpreting a policy statement.’ CMS programs to make a final rule later this summer that would get into effect this year 2010.But a new research suggests that not absolutely all trans fats are equal, plus some might be healthy even. The German researchers found that normally occurring trans fats found in dairy and meat items might actually help defend the heart, while low degrees of artificial trans fats did not appear to pose a ongoing health risk. We now display that, at these low levels, industrially produced trans body fat are not hazardous to health, said senior study writer Clemens von Schacky, head of preventive cardiology at the University of Munich. Come to think of it, it really is a reasonably common phenomenon: Some stuff are toxic at high amounts, but we can live with them at low amounts. The findings were released in the Sept.