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October 24, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Drug Benefit News - Less than a year after its oral hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) hit the market, Gilead Sciences, Inc. on Oct. 10 received FDA approval to market its much anticipated combination pill Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir). As the first single tablet not requiring the use of interferon or ribavirin and offering cure rates of 94% to 99%, Harvoni is considered a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C. Read more

While Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans continue to earn strong star… Read more

Several PBMs this year launched programs to control a sudden and alarming… Read more

A new limited pharmacy network that was launched by two major Las… Read more

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October 29, 2014
Express Scripts Reports Third-Quarter Earnings

Express Scripts reports third-quarter 2014 net income of $582.3 million, or 78 cents per share, up from $426.million, or 54 cents per share, for the year-ago period. http://tinyurl.com/my2nyva

October 21, 2014
Senator May Hold Hearing on Hep C Drug Prices, Effect on VA

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) may hold hearing on how costs for new hep C drugs are impacting the VA; department spokesperson says more than 5,300 veterans have been treated with Sovaldi. http://tinyurl.com/m9w2v9h

October 20, 2014
CVS/caremark May Charge Extra for Using Tobacco-Selling Pharmacies

CVS/caremark may soon be charging consumers extra for using tobacco-selling pharmacies, says Pharmalot. http://tinyurl.com/klan9u9

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