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October 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey is hoping that its recent investment in COTA, Inc., a technology company focused on oncology management, will help it transform the delivery of health care. The deal, says the Blues plan, will help it to assist physicians in providing patient-centered care that’s focused on value and not volume. The firm shares its name with its product, a cloud-based data platform that offers real-time clinical outcomes and cost-analysis data for cancer care. Read more

Walgreen Co. allegedly is looking for an investor to purchase a majority… Read more

The ongoing feud between Highmark Inc. and the University of Pittsburgh Medical… Read more

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

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October 21, 2014
Report Shows Huge Increase in Cancer Clinic Closings, Consolidations

COA report: More than 300 cancer clinics have closed and 544 have been acquired by or affiliated with hospitals over the past 8 years; 74.5% of the deals have been with 340B hospitals.

October 21, 2014
Senator May Hold Hearing on Hep C Drug Prices, Effect on VA

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) may hold hearing on how costs for new hep C drugs are impacting the VA; department spokesperson says more than 5,300 veterans have been treated with Sovaldi.

October 21, 2014
Horizon Starts EOC Breast Cancer Program

Horizon and Regional Cancer Care Associates launched an episode of care program for breast cancer patients Oct. 1

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