Pharmacy Benefit Management

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. said Feb. 1 that it had finalized its deal for specialty pharmacy and infusion services company Affinity Biotech, Inc. The purchase should strengthen Diplomat’s growing presence within the specialty infusion space, it said. Diplomat paid $16 million for Affinity, which had an estimated $27 million in revenues last year. Affinity provides treatments and services for people with hemophilia and has locations in New York and Houston. Read more

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Although the FDA approved fewer novel new therapies last year than it did in 2015, the specialty drug pipeline remains strong. This new year should see approvals of products in areas that already have multiple competitors, such as anti-inflammatory conditions and multiple sclerosis, as well as treatments for conditions sorely in need of ones, such as tardive dyskinesia (TD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Read more

Pharmacy Benefit Management Blog

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...
By Lauren Flynn Kelly - March 4, 2016
Since the introduction of direct-acting antivirals that in clinical trials demonstrated higher sustained virologic response (SVR) rates in hepatitis C patients than ever before, we’ve seen figures on sales, treatment costs, adherence levels, etc. For example, Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) and...

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