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November 21, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Drug Benefit News - During recent conference calls to discuss third-quarter 2014 earnings, the three large publicly traded PBMs reported earnings growth in part due to increased specialty pharmacy volumes. And as the 2015 selling season winds down, the companies highlighted investments in member service and/or specialty pharmacy as competitive differentiators. Read more

After issuing draft guidance in September for Medicare Part D sponsors on… Read more

Less than a year after its oral hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi (sofosbuvir)… Read more

While Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans continue to earn strong star… Read more

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November 21, 2014
Senate Introduces Legislation to Address Generic Price Increases in Medicaid

Sen. Sanders unveils a bill requiring generic drugmakers to pay Medicaid extra rebates if prices outpace inflation. http://tinyurl.com/l3oybn7

November 20, 2014
Global Drug Spend Will Rise 30% by 2018

IMS Health report predicts 30% increase in global spending on medicines by 2018, to $1.3 trillion. Specialty drugs will contribute 40% of the growth, and almost 200 new drugs are expected to launch in the next five years. http://tinyurl.com/opsxpwm

November 18, 2014
Ranbaxy Sues FDA for Revoking Generic Approvals

Ranbaxy sues FDA for rescinding tentative approvals to launch generic versions of Nexium, Valcyte: http://tinyurl.com/pkcvqgo

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