Pharmacy Benefit Management

From Drug Benefit News - Putting a new spin on the narrow pharmacy network trend, CVS Health’s PBM may soon penalize customers who choose to obtain prescriptions from other tobacco-selling locations through the creation of what could be the first tobacco-free pharmacy network. While CVS/caremark says the network is being developed in response to client demand, several benefit consultants that work with large plan sponsors tell DBN they haven’t observed a need for this kind of network among their own client base. Read more

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Pharmaceutical manufacturers are maintaining their research-and-development focus on oncology, with 771 therapies, including vaccines, in the pipeline, according to a new report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), released Oct. 7. And while many innovative products are coming onto the U.S. market, there are many more that fail during clinical trials. Read more

Pharmacy Benefit Management Blog

By Lauren Flynn Kelly - November 21, 2014
The topic of formulary exclusions has been getting a lot of attention lately and was the subject of a panel discussion at last week’s National Business Coalition on Health conference that raised a lot of good questions and considerations for plan sponsors. For example, employers wonder whether...
By Lauren Flynn Kelly - November 12, 2014
Yesterday I had a chance to attend the National Business Coalition on Health’s 19th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. One common thread I noticed throughout the day was a reminder from speakers that we weren’t just talking about controlling and reducing health care costs but about improving...
By Angela Maas - November 4, 2014
When Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Incivek (telaprevir) and Merck & Co., Inc.’s Victrelis (boceprevir) launched in the U.S. in June 2011, they were hailed as the first oral therapies to treat hepatitis C. Offering a higher cure rate than the previous regimen of pegylated interferon and...

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