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May 22, 2015

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From Drug Benefit News - Before UnitedHealth Group and Catamaran Corp. on March 30 unveiled plans to combine the stand-alone PBM with the health plan operator’s OptumRx unit (DBN 4/3/15, p. 1), the PBM contemplated multiple transaction options, according to a new proxy statement filed by Catamaran. These include potential combinations with several unnamed parties, such as one that analysts believe to be Express Scripts Holding Co., which could have raised significant antitrust concerns. Read more

At a time when many commercial and Medicare plans are tweaking and… Read more

As the big three publicly traded PBMs reported first-quarter 2015 earnings, there… Read more

Despite Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.’s best efforts to block any generic version… Read more

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May 21, 2015
CVS Agrees to Acquire Omnicare

CVS Health plans to buy LTC pharmacy services provider Omnicare in a deal worth $12.7 billion. http://tinyurl.com/klxxzg3

April 21, 2015
Compounded Drugs Drove Employee Costs in 2014

Compounded medicine once again drove workers' compensation drug costs in 2014, says new Express Scripts report. http://tinyurl.com/oybqjq3

April 16, 2015
FDA Approves First Generic Copaxone for MS

The FDA approved Sandoz’s Glatopa, the first generic version of Teva’s multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) in a 20 mg/ml once-daily injection http://tinyurl.com/ph3h3a3

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