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August 26, 2016

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From Drug Benefit News - Express Scripts Holding Co. and CVS Health Corp. recently released their 2017 formulary exclusions, and CVS in particular is taking a fairly aggressive stance toward reining in drug costs. But while the PBMs contend this strategy has saved their customers billions of dollars, one industry expert points out that these savings have not been independently verified. Express Scripts will exclude 85 drugs though its 2017 National Preferred Formulary (NPF) — down slightly from 87 this year — which will apply to about 25 million members, says the PBM. Read more

Following strong reports from two of the biggest PBMs about their 2017… Read more

Following the failure of last-ditch efforts by AstraZeneca to prevent Crestor (rosuvastatin)… Read more

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August 26, 2016
Cigna Adds Three More Oncology Practices to Collaborative Care Program

Cigna adds three more oncology practices to Collaborative Care program. http://tinyurl.com/zp76f3y

August 18, 2016
New CMS Data: 2014 Part D Drug Costs Up 17% From 2013

New CMS data indicate Medicare Part D drug costs shot up 17% from 2013 to 2014. http://tinyurl.com/httyywu

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.

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