Pharmacy Benefit Management

From Drug Benefit News - New eczema biologic drug Dupixent (dupilumab) is getting a cautiously warm reception from payers despite its $37,000 annual list price, as manufacturers Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. argue that it will deliver value and improve health outcomes for patients who have had few good options. The FDA approved Dupixent on March 28 for adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, or eczema, that isn’t controlled with topical treatments. Read more

From Drug Benefit News - Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. finalized its deal with Prime Therapeutics LLC to form a new company on April 3. The offering brings together the companies’ central specialty pharmacy and mail service businesses in an effort to coordinate health care, boost patient outcomes and provide cost efficiencies. The firms unveiled their plans — which do not involve Prime’s PBM business — in late August but had to wait for regulatory approval (DBN… Read more

Pharmacy Benefit Management Blog

By Angela Maas - May 18, 2017
On Thursday, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it was adding Maxor National Pharmacy Services, LLC to its specialty pharmacy network on Aug. 1. Maxor is certainly not a newcomer to the industry and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, so the move is no surprise. But what might be a surprise...
By Lauren Flynn Kelly - April 14, 2016
In the latest squabble between drugstores and PBMs, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) on April 1 issued a letter to CMS Deputy Director Cynthia Tudor asserting that Medicare Part D plans and PBMs are not complying with a federal requirement to use drug pricing standards that “...
By Angela Maas - March 30, 2016
As high drug prices continue to make headlines and draw congressional ire, hepatitis C drugs and “Mr. Wu-Tang” Martin Shkreli seem to be getting a reprieve as focus turns to the prostate cancer drug Xtandi. On March 28, 12 members of Congress sent a letter to HHS Sec. Sylvia Burwell and Francis...

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