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March 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - With the growth of oral multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies booming and the prospect of generic competition looming, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has launched a new formulation of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) that may help it retain some eroding market share. Copaxone was approved in 1996 with daily 20 mg/mL dosing. But the new 40 mg/mL version is administered three times a week. The new dose offers “essentially equivalent efficacy as the 20 mg dosing level,” explains Stephen Cichy, founder and managing director at Monarch Specialty Group, LLC. Read more

About one month after agreeing to a $15 million settlement with the… Read more

Rather than celebrating the holidays with a gift from the FDA, manufacturer… Read more

With many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kicking in this… Read more

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April 14, 2014
Should Walgreens Move to Europe?

Should Walgreens move to Europe? Some shareholders think so. http://tinyurl.com/lmh4k8w

April 14, 2014
UnitedHealthcare Nixes Plans to Block Copay Coupons at Retail Pharmacies

UnitedHealthcare nixes plans to block copay coupons at retail pharmacies. http://broker.uhc.com/articleView-13383

April 9, 2014
Milliman: Moving Specialty Drugs From Medical to Pharmacy Benefit Saves 19% on Specialty Costs

Milliman white paper shows moving specialty drugs from medical to pharmacy benefit saves 19% on specialty costs. http://tinyurl.com/mfltge7

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