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March 24, 2017

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From Drug Benefit News - The rising cost of insulin, which is placing the drug out of reach for some patients, is driven by factors that include innovative new therapies and the lack of a generic alternative, stakeholders say. But underneath lies a dispute between pharmaceutical manufacturers, PBMs and payers involving insulin list prices, rebates and the way in which drug prices are set — and those players blame each other for the problem. “The prices for drugs are set by one group: the drugmakers,” says Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President Mark Merritt. Read more

One health insurer continues to forge ahead with value-based arrangements in the… Read more

CMS is planning changes to the way it tracks opioid overuse and… Read more

As specialty drug costs continue to rise and show few signs of… Read more

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March 22, 2017
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Several special reports covering key areas of concern to today’s health care executives are now available in your Subscriber Library. These original reports from the AIS Health editorial team are filled with business insights and practical advice on the pharmacy issues that affect payers and providers the most. Access them at https://aishealth.com/newsletters/drugbenefitnews/bonus-insight-reports-....

January 17, 2017
Long-Awaited Biosimilar Interchangeability Draft Guidance Is Out

FDA finally unveils interchangeability draft guidance for biosimilars, expects “that applications generally will include data from a switching study or studies in one or more appropriate conditions of use,” among other criteria www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guid...

January 12, 2017
FDA Finalizes Naming Guidance for Biologics, Biosimilars

In final guidance, FDA says all biologics, not only biosimilars, will have four-letter suffixes; agency still considering “appropriate suffix format” for interchangeable biosimilars http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformati...

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