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January 23, 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Drug Benefit News - Responding to large increases in use and spend associated with compounded medications, Catamaran Corp. was one of several PBMs that took immediate steps last year to address this largely unregulated pharmacy practice by implementing prior authorization criteria and other restrictions on select products. Now taking that effort one step further, Catamaran has teamed up with United Compounding Management (UCM) to roll out what it’s calling the industry’s first-ever compound credentialing program and put some “discipline into a growing segment of pharmacy practice,” Catamaran Senior Vice President, Industry Relations & Supply Chain Management, Albert Thigpen, R.Ph., tells DBN. Read more

As health plans and PBMs keep close watch on biologics in the… Read more

Following last month’s approval of AbbVie Inc.’s hepatitis C therapy Viekira Pak… Read more

2015 Outlook Aggressive formulary management will continue to play a key role in… Read more

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January 8, 2015
Drug Channels Analyzes New PBM/Hep C Deals

Drug Channels estimates CVS, Express Scripts could be making $2,600 to $3,100 per patient on new hep C deals. http://tinyurl.com/kcmsmty

January 5, 2015
ODAC Meeting Materials Look Positive for Sandoz Biosimilar

Ahead of Wednesday meeting, ODAC materials indicate Sandoz’s biosimilar filgrastim is “highly similar” to Amgen’s Neupogen http://tinyurl.com/netnkxp

December 22, 2014
Express Scripts Adds Viekira Pak to National Preferred Formulary

Express Scripts makes newly approved Viekira Pak exclusive option for genotype 1 hep C patients. http://tinyurl.com/kze5o2j

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