Pharmacy Benefit Management

From Specialty Pharmacy News - In the latest in a long list of dustups over new hepatitis C drugs, two public health advocacy groups are suing the FDA and HHS in an effort to force the FDA to release raw clinical trial data for Gilead Sciences Inc.’s Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir), which were given priority review and breakthrough-therapy designation. The organizations are seeking the data because information “suggest[s] that the drugs have been widely used” to treat people with hepatitis C “who face variants of the virus or other circumstances that were little-studied during the clinical trials.” However, it sounds like the groups are… Read more

From Specialty Pharmacy News - As guidance on the 340B Drug Pricing Program enters its third month at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), yet another report has been released that calls into question an aspect of the program. Issued in June, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (GAO-15-442) recommends modifying the program so providers are not incentivized to prescribe more or more expensive drugs to Medicare Part B beneficiaries treated at 340B hospitals. Read more

Pharmacy Benefit Management Blog

By Lauren Flynn Kelly - July 27, 2015
As the first of several drugs in a new class of injectable cholesterol-lowering drugs that have the potential to advance both treatment and pharmaceutical costs, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc./Sanofi’s Praluent (alirocumab), which the FDA approved Friday, is arguably the most anticipated drug...
By Lauren Flynn Kelly - June 18, 2015
The big news in the retail pharmacy space this week was that CVS Health plans to purchase 1,660 Target Corp. pharmacies that it will rent from the big-box retailer and rebrand as CVS/pharmacy. This may create some confusion and dismay among former CVS/pharmacy customers who’ve consciously chosen to...
By Lauren Flynn Kelly - June 4, 2015
Ever heard the Jonathan Richman song, “That Summer Feeling”? It’s a strange song that gets into my head this time of year and features one of many bizarre lyrics, “When the Oldsmobile has got the top down on it/When the catamaran has got the drop down on it.” I know nothing of sailing, so this...

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