From Drug Benefit News - As qualified health plan (QHP) sponsors prepared for the Jan. 1, 2014, implementation of federally facilitated and state-based exchanges, they received long-awaited clarification last month that the use of copay cards will be allowed in the new marketplace (DBN 11/8/13, p. 8). But several industry observers say opponents of the discount programs shouldn’t throw up their hands just yet, thanks to a second communication from HHS that only muddied the waters. Read more
From Specialty Pharmacy News - Keeping patients adherent to their medication regimens is particularly important with oral oncolytics. The therapies, after all, treat life-threatening conditions, and potential waste of these costly drugs could cause a pretty big financial hit. But while many specialty pharmacies and health plans focus on making sure that people don’t miss a dose, taking the drugs too often can be just as much of a problem. Read more
From Drug Benefit News - According to Surescripts, which operates the largest health information network in the U.S., 69% of office-based prescribers were actively routing electronic prescriptions by the end of 2012, compared to just 10% in 2008, and 93% of community pharmacies are connected to receive electronic prescriptions. Read more
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