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April 2017

Recent Stories

From Specialty Pharmacy News - In late March, the FDA went on an approval tear, paving the way for multiple anticipated specialty drugs to come onto the U.S. market (SPN 2/17, p. 8). Some products join already-crowded fields, while others are orphan therapies offering treatments for conditions that previously had none. But either way, payers need to be prepared to determine how they will best manage these new drugs, ensuring appropriate members are able to access them. Read more

Value-based contracts are one way to counter the ever-increasing spending on specialty… Read more

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. continues to add to its value-based arrangements… Read more

In an effort to improve the care it provides to people with… Read more

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March 22, 2017
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Several special reports covering key areas of concern to today’s health care executives are now available in your Subscriber Library. These original reports from the AIS Health editorial team are filled with business insights and practical advice on the pharmacy issues that affect payers and providers the most. Access them at https://aishealth.com/newsletters/specialtypharmacynews/bonus-insight-re....

January 17, 2017
Long-Awaited Biosimilar Interchangeability Draft Guidance Is Out

FDA finally unveils interchangeability draft guidance for biosimilars, expects “that applications generally will include data from a switching study or studies in one or more appropriate conditions of use,” among other criteria www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guid...

January 12, 2017
FDA Finalizes Naming Guidance for Biologics, Biosimilars

In final guidance, FDA says all biologics, not only biosimilars, will have four-letter suffixes; agency still considering “appropriate suffix format” for interchangeable biosimilars http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformati...

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