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January 2017

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From Specialty Pharmacy News - While many stakeholders within the health care industry hailed President Barack Obama’s Dec. 13 signing of the 21st Century Cures Act (SPN 12/16, p. 11), one group that isn’t very happy is home infusion providers. That’s because the legislation changed the way that certain Medicare Part B infusion therapies are reimbursed — and some of these providers stand to take a big hit to their bottom lines. This, in turn, could impact patient access to care, according to the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA), which is pushing to get the Jan. 1, 2017, implementation date moved back a couple of years. Read more

From new advances in medications including cancer drugs and biosimilars to changing… Read more

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January 12, 2017
FDA Finalizes Naming Guidance for Biologics, Biosimilars

In final guidance, FDA says all biologics, not only biosimilars, will have four-letter suffixes; agency still considering “appropriate suffix format” for interchangeable biosimilars http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformati...

December 28, 2016
FDA Issues More Biosimilar Guidance

FDA issues guidance on clinical pharmacology data needed to show a product is biosimilar to its reference drug http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformati...

December 2, 2016
CMS Releases 2015 National Health Expenditures Data

CMS reports that spending on prescription drugs rose 9.0% in 2015, down from 12.4% growth in 2014 but an increase from 2.3% in 2013 http://tinyurl.com/j45m46b

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