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September 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - The ongoing feud between Highmark Inc. and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) took an unexpected twist earlier this month. On Sept. 3, the insurer and subsidiary Keystone Health Plan West, Inc. (KHPW) sued UPMC — including multiple hospitals in its system and physician group practices — to recoup $300 million that Highmark says UPMC and its hospitals overbilled for oncology care. It’s a novel approach to a trend that’s happening across the country, so the outcome stands to have tremendous ramifications to various industry stakeholders. Read more

When Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Incivek (telaprevir) and Merck & Co., Inc.’s Victrelis… Read more

Almost four-and-a-half years after the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of… Read more

A closely watched pilot program in oncology conducted by UnitedHealthcare has not… Read more

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September 18, 2014
Experts Question Non-Preferred Generic Tiers

Why are many first-line treatments ending up on non-preferred generic tiers? http://tinyurl.com/o99o6wz

September 17, 2014
New CVS Health Data Show Downward Sovaldi Trend

Recent CVS Health data show downward trend in Sovaldi use, suggest patients are gearing up for new hepatitis C launches. http://tinyurl.com/oqc6fjk

September 16, 2014
Magellan Health HQ and Its Pharmacy HQ Move to Arizona

Magellan Health opens new corporate HQ in Scottsdale, Ariz.; pharmacy unit will be based in Scottsdale, too. http://tinyurl.com/q8bagxj

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