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April 22, 2016

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From Drug Benefit News - In a response to Anthem, Inc.’s lawsuit containing various breach-of contract-claims against its PBM, Express Scripts Holding Co. on April 19 denied all allegations made by the insurer and disclosed that Anthem chose at the start of their long-term pact to take a $4.7 billion lump sum payment rather than receive lower pricing over the contract term. The parties have repeatedly failed to see eye to eye on a repricing provision, and the latest filing indicates a growing divide that does not bode well for the future of Express Scripts’ relationship with its largest PBM customer. Read more

To keep up with growth in Medicare Part D spending that is… Read more

Merger and acquisition activity in the PBM industry has been heavy for… Read more

A long-awaited prescribing guideline released last month by the U.S. Centers for… Read more

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April 28, 2016
House Committee Passes 3 More Opioid Bills

The Energy and Commerce Committee passed a total of 11 opioid bills this week, aimed at cracking down on unnecessary prescriptions and expanding addiction treatment.

April 26, 2016
Express Scripts Sees Profit Gains in Q1

Express Scripts reported a 19% increase in Q1 earnings, raising its outlook for the year. Listen to this morning's earnings call here.

April 21, 2016
Prime Therapeutics Probes High Cost, Utilization of Diabetes Drugs

New research from Prime Therapeutics explores the rising cost and utilization associated with diabetes drugs.

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