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October 2017

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From Specialty Pharmacy News - As medical innovation continues to expand by leaps and bounds, there has been a proliferation of new products coming onto the market. As such, it may be harder for some of these companies to reach health plans and procure reimbursement for the offerings. But a fairly new CareFirst subsidiary known as HealthWorx is working with such developers in order to help them get their products onto the market sooner, help gather evidence supporting the products’ use and ultimately help secure reimbursement from health plans. The company recently disclosed that it is working with a company known as Exosome Diagnostics, Inc. on a study of its prostate cancer test. Read more

A little more than 14 months after CMS launched its Oncology Care… Read more

When two drugs to treat hepatitis C launched in 2011, they were… Read more

As many home infusion providers continue to take a hit from a… Read more

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August 30, 2017
First Gene Therapy Gets FDA Approval

FDA approves first gene therapy in U.S., Novartis’ CAR-T drug Kymriah, for treatment of people up to 25 years old with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia that is refractory or has relapsed at least twice http://tinyurl.com/y8xku8ol

August 2, 2017
CMS Unveils 2018 Standard Control Formulary

CMS will remove 17 drugs across 10 classes from its Standard Control Formulary in 2018, will launch Transform Value program in oncology, obesity, respiratory areas http://tinyurl.com/yc9uv6qd

July 31, 2017
Express Scripts Releases 2018 National Preferred Formulary

Express Scripts releases 2018 National Preferred Formulary, adding 64 drug exclusions for a total of 159. PBM says it expects employers who use the NPF will save an additional $2.5 billion next year http://tinyurl.com/y8ol9qlz

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