Pharmacy Benefit Management

From Drug Benefit News - UnitedHealth Group’s health insurance and PBM units have teamed up with Allscripts to offer PreCheck MyScript, giving real-time patient-specific information on drug pricing at point of care. Insiders say United’s move is innovative and could launch a new trend in such capabilities if the venture goes well. UnitedHealthcare and OptumRx say the product will give physicians what they have wanted for a long time: to help their patients, and thus health plans, save money. The insurer contends it is the first to offer the tool, which is now available to all care providers in its network. Read more

From Specialty Pharmacy News - In 2015 and 2016, specialty net cost per claim had double-digit growth in the Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) space, according to a new report from Magellan Rx Management. HIV/AIDS therapies led the specialty net spend for the second year in a row, with the average prescription net cost rising by almost 30% (see chart below). Six of the top 10 net spend drugs are in specialty classes: hepatitis C, hemophilia, HIV/AIDS… Read more

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