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PLOS Pathogens Continues Bridging Communities through Polymicrobial Research

The PLOS Pathogens staff  reflects on successful Co- and Polymicrobial Infections Collection and reaffirms its commitment to the publication of novel multidisciplinary work.  Last September, PLOS Pathogens issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors to submit

Which PBM Best Managed Drug Spending in 2016: CVS Health, Express Scripts, MedImpact, or Prime?

Four of the largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)—CVS Health, Express Scripts, MedImpact, and Prime Therapeutics—have raised their swords and released their 2016 drug trend reports. (Links below.) That means it’s time for some Drug...Show More Summary

How Many Adverse Event Reports Are Submitted to the FDA? The Answer: Whatever It Is, It's at an All-Time High!

I've been tracking the number of adverse event reports (AERs) submitted to the FDA over the years based on data supplied by the FDA here. The latest update of that data was made in November 2015 showing the number of AERs FDA received...Show More Summary

CBI’s Real-Time Benefit Check and ePrior Authorization Summit

CBI’s Real-Time Benefit Check and ePrior Authorization SummitMay 23-24, 2017 | Philadelphia,'s Real-Time Benefit Check & ePrior Authorization Summit is headed back to the East Coast this May.Mark your...Show More Summary

A PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Dementia across the lifespan and around the globe

Associate Editor Tom McBride discusses the contents of the Dementia Special Issue’s first two weeks. This month, PLOS Medicine is proud to present our third Special Issue: Dementia across the Lifespan and around the Globe.

Scott Gottlieb’s Radical Idea for Disrupting U.S. Drug Channels: Implications for PBMs, Wholesalers, and Pharmacies

President Trump has nominated Scott Gottlieb, M.D., to be the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Gottlieb’s for some time, and think he is an outstanding choice. In addition to his role overseeing the FDA, Dr. Show More Summary

Gottlieb to Head FDA: Pharma Breathes a Sigh of Relief

Trump Chooses Scott Gottlieb to Head FDA; Pharma Breathes Sigh of Relief

DTC Advertising in the Era of High Drug Prices

TV and, to a lesser extent, print direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug ads have often been blamed for the high price of drugs. For example: Physician and pharmacist organizations say DTC ads are a waste of resources, which could be better used...Show More Summary

19th Annual Medicaid and Government Pricing Congress

Medicaid and Government Pricing CongressMay 8-10, 2017Disney’s BoardWalk Inn | Orlando, FloridaMark your calendar for CBI's Medicaid and Government Pricing 2017 – a dynamic and power-packed program for government pricing professionals!Between...Show More Summary

Training Liberia’s Next Generation of Obstetric Clinicians through Interactive Distance Learning

David Southall and Rhona MacDonald of Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI) describe a distance learning project to train obstetric clinicians in Liberia from the Highlands of Scotland. An analysis by the World Health Organization

Janssen Reveals and Explains Its List and Net Drug Pricing

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen business unit recently released the 2016 Janssen U.S. Transparency Report. (Free download.) The report, which provides new disclosures about the company’s activities, is very well done. Below, I offer some...Show More Summary

The New Health Transformation Alliance Deal: Mostly Good for PBMs, but Bad for Express Scripts

Last night, The Wall Street Journal reported that corporate members of the Health Transformation Alliance (HTA) will direct their member's pharmacy benefit management business to the Caremark business of CVS Health and the OptumRx business of UnitedHealth. Show More Summary

The U.S. Health Care Congress 2017

The U.S. Health Care Congress 2017April 30 – May 3, 2017 | Washington, DCThe U.S. Health Care Congress 2017 agenda has been updated and re-released. Reserve your seat at the table with decision-makers from all walks of health care including...Show More Summary

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