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July 25, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Drug Benefit News - Express Scripts Holding Co. this month began what some say is the most aggressive approach yet to managing the rising cost of compounded medications by blocking coverage of more than 1,000 ingredients that are potentially driving up spend in this traditional category. But others like Catamaran Corp. (DBN 6/27/14, p. 4), CVS Caremark Corp. and the UnitedHealth Group PBM subsidiary OptumRx have launched initiatives to ensure that clients are not paying for compounded medications that have no additional clinical value over commercially available, FDA-approved medications without implementing sweeping edits. Read more

While PBMs have been giving significant attention to the rising cost of… Read more

Earlier this month, rumors of a possible sale of Humana Inc.’s PBM… Read more

The last of the annual “drug trend reports” released this year by… Read more

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July 24, 2014
FDA Accepts Sandoz’s Biosimilar Filgrastim Application

Sandoz says FDA has accepted its application for biosimilar filgrastim; company is first to file a biologic application under the biosimilar pathway http://tinyurl.com/osb9bxn

July 18, 2014
Clone of Shire Agrees to Acquisition by AbbVie

On fifth attempt, Shire finally agrees to be purchased by AbbVie; deal is worth nearly $55 billion and is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Shire will move corporate tax headquarters to Britain http://tinyurl.com/qxftze4

July 15, 2014
Compounding Industry Launches Counterattack on PBMs

Compounding industry launches counterattack on PBMs' efforts to limit compounded meds. http://tinyurl.com/qb5c3kt http://tinyurl.com/pq2we8v

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