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August 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Almost four-and-a-half years after the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act, the FDA finally has accepted an application for a drug seeking approval through the 351(k) biosimilar pathway established in the BPCIA. Sandoz said July 24 that the FDA had accepted its application for biosimilar filgrastim, making it the first company to disclose such information. Industry expectations are that approval could come next year, ushering in a new era of potential cost savings through greater competition in the U.S. Read more

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

The country’s largest independent specialty pharmacy is going public. Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.,… Read more

Consumer advocacy groups in California and Florida have taken various actions against… Read more

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August 27, 2014
FDA Grants Additional Indication to Promacta

The FDA approved a supplemental new drug application for once-daily use of GlaxoSmithKline’s Promacta in people with severe aplastic anemia; drug also is approved for certain people with thrombocytopenia http://tinyurl.com/o36ha3b

August 27, 2014
CVS Caremark, MedStar Health Announce Deal

Facebook: CVS Caremark unveils clinical affiliation with health system MedStar Health; companies will integrate EMR systems. CVS Caremark now has 41 health system, provider affiliations http://tinyurl.com/plrh3rz

August 26, 2014
Compounding Pharmacy Sues Express Scripts

Compounding pharmacy sues Express Scripts for early termination of contract; coupons are at center of dispute. http://tinyurl.com/kuqmcfd

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