Health plan managers seek more information on drug utilization

EMD Serono’s Specialty Digest polls health plan managers (this year: 58 plans representing 173 million lives) on their challenges, accomplishments and opportunities in managing the use of specialty drugs among their ensured lives. Besides growing dramatically (specialty products now represent […]

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2017 Hub Services report

Nature, as we’re told, abhors a vacuum. In the past, as new specialty pharmaceutical products came onto the market, a vacuum of sorts developed as healthcare providers (HCPs), pharmacists and the drugmakers themselves realized that the new drugs needed additional […]

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Pharma ups the ante on DTC advertising

For the fourth year in a row, direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising funded by the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries continued to grow, most likely surpassing 2015’s record-breaking media spend. Although the figures were not completely tallied at presstime, in 2016, consumer-marketing efforts […]

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Leading independent pharmacy buying groups pair up

For many years, the roughly 25,000 independent pharmacies in the US have maximized their buying power by joining cooperative buying associations, which function roughly the way group purchasing organizations (GPOs) do for health systems. Now, two of the larger ones—Independent […]

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Healthcare confronts opioid addiction

The slim hope that the growing opioid addiction crisis could be controlled by restricting access to prescription opioids—the abuse of which has been the starting point for many addicts—is slipping away as illegally manufactured opioid pills (some of them counterfeit […]

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