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August 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Following a positive recommendation in May from an FDA advisory committee on a cholesterol-lowering drug from Sanofi/Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the agency approved Praluent (alirocumab), the first proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor. But while that decision may have been expected, what wasn’t was the drug’s annual price, which came in almost $5,000 more than the highest estimates. Read more

The Federal Circuit issued a ruling July 21 in the ongoing dispute… Read more

As Aetna Inc. continues to transition to a value-based rather than fee-for-service… Read more

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. continues to boost its specialty pharmacy presence through acquisitions.… Read more

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August 27, 2015
FDA Issue Draft Guidance on Biosimilar Naming

FDA issues draft guidance on biosimilar naming, proposes shared nonproprietary names and unique suffixes for reference drugs and biosimilars

August 27, 2015
HRSA Posts 340B Guidance

HRSA published its long-awaited 340B program mega-guidance.

August 24, 2015
J.D. Power Study Shows Customers Are Generally Satisfied With Pharmacies

Study shows overall customer satisfaction with pharmacies remains fairly stable: Supermarkets, chains are up slightly, but scores for mail orders, mass merchandisers drop a bit

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