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August 22, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Drug Benefit News - As health plans and PBMs continue to grapple with rising drug expenditures due to recently inflated compound medications, new high-cost specialty agents such as hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi and fewer generic opportunities due to the patent cliff leveling off, payers have a new thorn in their side: retail generic drug inflation. PBMs, health plans and industry observers recently interviewed by DBN agree that this is a new phenomenon that should not be ignored, and may lead payers to revise their formulary strategies around generic promotion. Read more

When Capital BlueCross earlier this year was hit with intermediate sanctions from… Read more

Bids by Medicare Part D plans for the coming benefit year were… Read more

As the three publicly traded PBMs reported financial results for the second… Read more

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August 27, 2014
CVS Caremark, MedStar Health Announce Deal

Facebook: CVS Caremark unveils clinical affiliation with health system MedStar Health; companies will integrate EMR systems. CVS Caremark now has 41 health system, provider affiliations http://tinyurl.com/plrh3rz

August 26, 2014
Compounding Pharmacy Sues Express Scripts

Compounding pharmacy sues Express Scripts for early termination of contract; coupons are at center of dispute. http://tinyurl.com/kuqmcfd

August 21, 2014
Were WAG Execs Ousted for Major Forecasting Error

Were two Walgreens execs ousted for major forecasting error? http://tinyurl.com/k7dmjqv

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