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May 22, 2015

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From Drug Benefit News - As the big three publicly traded PBMs reported first-quarter 2015 earnings, there was underlying concern about how the pending acquisition of Catamaran Corp. by UnitedHealth Group is likely to shake out during the 2016 selling season and impact the marketplace. Industry observers suggested that Express Scripts and CVS Health may reap the benefits of unrest created by the potential transaction. UnitedHealth Group on March 30 unveiled plans to acquire stand-alone PBM Catamaran and merge it with the health plan operator’s PBM unit OptumRx. Read more

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

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After mulling a proposed rule on generic drug labeling for the last… 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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