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April 3, 2015

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From Drug Benefit News - In a move that surprised many industry analysts, UnitedHealth Group on March 30 unveiled plans to acquire stand-alone PBM Catamaran Corp. and merge it with the health plan operator’s PBM unit, OptumRx. The combined firm will process approximately 1 billion prescriptions per year, securing OptumRx’s spot as the third-largest PBM. Under the agreement, UnitedHealth Group will acquire Catamaran’s outstanding common stock for $61.50 per share in cash. Read more

Although the Alzheimer’s disease drug pipeline has been plagued by failures and… Read more

Amid rising drug costs due to a multitude of factors (see story,… Read more

Building on an ongoing effort to improve medication use in certain patient… Read more

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April 16, 2015
FDA Approves First Generic Copaxone for MS

The FDA approved Sandoz’s Glatopa, the first generic version of Teva’s multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) in a 20 mg/ml once-daily injection http://tinyurl.com/ph3h3a3

April 15, 2015
HHS Will Investigate Generic Drug Inflation

The Office of the Inspector General plans to investigate recent price increases for generic drugs paid through Medicaid. http://tinyurl.com/o44xtrm

March 20, 2015
Judge Clears Way for First Biosimilar Launch

Judge declines to grant Amgen’s request for injunction to prevent Sandoz biosimilar Zarxio from launching; reference drug is Amgen’s Neupogen http://www.fdalawblog.net/NEUPOGEN%20-%20Opinion%20PI%20Denial.pdf

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