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National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo

National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) 2016 Annual Meeting & ExpoOmni Shoreham Hotel | Washington, DC | September 26-28, 2016The NASP Annual Meeting & Expo is a comprehensive national meeting for all stakeholders in the specialty pharmacy industry. Show More Summary

Creighton Pharmacy Professor Publishes on Potential for Drug to Stave Off HIV

Chris Destache, Pharm.D., earned a National Institutes for Health grant last year to look into using HIV drug nanoparticles fabricated with a FDA-approved biocompatible polymer and how those drug-ladened nanoparticles can be used to help prevent HIV.

National hospital system uses enterprise approach for assessing bleeding risks

Orlando, Fla. - The largest risk-directed study by a national hospital system demonstrates a 40 percent decline in bleeding events for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients and a significant reduction in pharmacy costs. This...Show More Summary

Walgreens Partners With UnitedHealth's OptumRx To Manage Prescriptions

The nation’s largest drugstore chain, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and the OptumRx pharmacy benefit management unit of UnitedHealth Group say they will collaborate to sell a pharmacy and drug management service to employers and other potential clients. The partnership between Walgreens and OptumRx may help bring an end to speculation Walgreens will [...]

Cost of name-brand prescription drugs doubled over last 5 years: report

Average branded prescription drug prices have nearly doubled over the last five years, according to the nation's largest pharmacy benefits organization. In a report that could fuel the growing political outcry against high drug prices, pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts said "opportunistic...

Marshall School of Pharmacy publishes in national journal on veterinary pharmacy course

Marshall University School of Pharmacy 4th-year student Jennifer C. Miller, B.S., along with Inder Sehgal, D.V.M, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at the school and a graduate veterinarian, recently published an instructional designShow More Summary

Specialty Pharmacy Launches Care Management App Powered by Patient IO

Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy launches AllMetRx, a new care management app powered by Patient IO. With AllMetRx™, real-time treatment data is captured by caregivers and patients to monitor adherence, side effects, and other pertinent clinical data which is shared with providers and stakeholders. Show More Summary

Formulation scientists to rescue patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension

SINGAPORE: Researchers from the Pharmacy and the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering departments of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR) have designed formulations of...Show More Summary

Why Walgreens, UnitedHealth Bids For WebMD Make Sense

Digital health information company WebMD (WBMD) is reportedly seeking bidders that include Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), the giant pharmacy chain, and UnitedHealth Group (UNH), the nation’s largest health insurer. The news comes as large healthcare corporations like Walgreens and UnitedHealth have been making big investments in digital health, seeing information about [...]

The Government Forced These Christian Pharmacists to Sell Abortion Drugs, But They’re Fighting Back

A pro-life family that runs pharmacies in Washington State has been at the center of an epic battle over religious rights for years and now they’re taking their fight to the highest court in the nation. In 2007, abortion activists convinced the Washington Board of Pharmacy to pass regulations that force pharmacists in the state […]

Walgreens, CVS Want Doctor's Medicare Pay To Vaccinate

As the nation’s retail pharmacies move deeper into the business of providing healthcare services, they now want pharmacists to be paid by Medicare to immunize the nation’s seniors. Under legislation that is gaining rare bipartisan support and momentum in the U.S. House and Senate, particularly for a Congressional health bill, pharmacists [...]

Under fire for high prices, Valeant to sell some drugs for less at Walgreens

Stung by criticism that it jacked up the price of lifesaving medicines, Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday it will lower some prices though an agreement with Deerfield-based Walgreens, the nation's largest pharmacy retailer. Valeant said its "fulfillment agreement" will cut prices by 10 percent...

It’s not just cancer drugs — dermatology drug prices are soaring, too

A dermatologist in West Palm Beach sent out a routine survey to four major national chain pharmacies in his region last year, asking for the costs of six dozen commonly used medications, including acne treatments, steroid creams, psoriasis drugs. Steven Rosenberg and his daughter Miranda, a medical school student, had done this twice before, but in 2014, they […]

Independent Pharmacy Economics: Profits Steady, but Sales Down (Maybe)

Time for my annual look at independent pharmacy owners’ business economics, drawn from the recently released 2015 National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Digest, Sponsored by Cardinal Health. Here's the press release: NCPAShow More Summary

sPCMA Business Forum

A MESSAGE FROM sPCMAConnect with Specialty Pharmacy’s Most Influential Leaders The sPCMA Business Forum attracts the highest number of executives and decision makers from PBMs and the nation's largest specialty pharmacies of any industry conference. Show More Summary

Genoa Acquires Telepsychiatry Provider 1DocWay

Genoa, a behavioral health specialty pharmacy has acquired 1DocWay , the nation’s largest outpatient telepsychiatry provider that offers a simple, easy-to-use platform to connect mental health providers and patients. Through the acquisition...Show More Summary

Express Scripts and CVS Health Cut Ties With a Pharmacy Linked to Valeant

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The nation’s two largest drug benefit managers will cease doing business with Philidor Rx Services, which has been bolstering sales of products made by Valeant.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Express Scripts, CVS Caremark Cut Ties With Philidor Rx

Two of the nation's biggest pharmacy benefits managers, CVS Caremark and Express Scripts, both said on Thursday they are cutting ties with Philidor Rx after finding the noncompliance with provider agreements.

The Power of Formulary Non-Exclusion: Express Scripts Adds PCSK9 drugs

This week, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) Express Scripts announced that both of the new PCSK9 inhibitors—Repatha (from Amgen) and Praluent (from Sanofi/Regeneron)—will be on its National Preferred Formulary. Both products will be subject to extensive prior authorization and step therapy. Show More Summary

Prescription firm agrees to cover pricey new cholesterol drugs -- for some

The nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager said it will cover two new cholesterol drugs -- including one by Amgen Inc. -- that offer a valuable alternative to statins but carry a steep price. Express Scripts Inc., a St. Louis company that helps employers manage the costs of prescription drugs,...

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