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August 21, 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Drug Benefit News - A new document containing clarifications to the Medicare Part D program’s “any willing pharmacy” requirement reminds plan sponsors that CMS is closely watching pharmacy network contracting, including those networks with preferred cost-sharing pharmacies. Although the guidance does not preclude Part D plan sponsors from offering pharmacy networks with preferred cost sharing, it implements a swift, two-day turnaround time for any willing pharmacy requests, which may be a direct result of the concerns brought forth earlier this year by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) after Aetna Inc. was at the center of a controversial network-related debacle. Read more

As health plans and PBMs await the approval of a second cholesterol-lowering… Read more

As expected, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc./Sanofi’s Praluent (alirocumab) on July 24 became the… Read more

Following up a $37 billion planned purchase of Humana Inc. by Aetna… Read more

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August 27, 2015
HRSA Posts 340B Guidance

HRSA published its long-awaited 340B program mega-guidance. http://tinyurl.com/qx75b2u

August 24, 2015
J.D. Power Study Shows Customers Are Generally Satisfied With Pharmacies

Study shows overall customer satisfaction with pharmacies remains fairly stable: Supermarkets, chains are up slightly, but scores for mail orders, mass merchandisers drop a bit http://tinyurl.com/pxorz8b

August 19, 2015
Walmart Lowers 2015 Outlook

Feeling the squeeze of lower pharmacy reimbursements, Walmart dropped its 2015 EPS forecast. http://tinyurl.com/ojn7nwh

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