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July 29, 2016

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From Drug Benefit News - Adding to its growing roster of pay-for-performance deals, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. has reached agreements with Novartis and Eli Lilly & Co. to evaluate the effectiveness of the drugmakers’ respective heart failure and diabetes drugs. The new deals reflect a growing interest in and momentum for striking performance-based risk-sharing agreements with manufacturers, although new research suggests such interest is greatest in specialty categories like hepatitis C and cancer. Read more

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July 1, 2016
Anthem, Express Scripts Face Consumer Lawsuit Over Drug Prices

The battle between Anthem and Express Scripts took a new turn when consumers filed a class-action lawsuit over high drug prices.

June 29, 2016
Report Finds Many Drug Prices Increased at Double the Rate of Inflation

A Bloomberg analysis found that 30 of 39 major prescription drug prices rose at double the rate of inflation from 2009-2015, even after discounts.

June 28, 2016
FDA OKs Another Gilead Hep C Therapy

The FDA approved the new Gilead drug Epclusa, the first product indicated to treat all six main genotypes of hepatitis C. Cost for 12 weeks reportedly is $74,000

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