AJPB July 2019

Specialty Drugs Remain a Costly Concern for Employers With No Easy Answers

July 23, 2019

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Costs remain the top concern of healthcare purchasers of pharmacy benefits, but employers are also concerned with ensuring appropriate use of medication and adherence to medication, according to a new report from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI).

Is There an Alternative to PBM Rebates? ICER Paper Examines 3 Options

July 23, 2019

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With discussion and debate happening for months in Washington, DC, over drug pricing and the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) published a white paper this week that analyzes 3 possible alternatives to the pharmaceutical rebate system fostered by PBMs.

Current and Future Status of Drug Pricing Reform as the Blueprint Approaches the 1-Year Mark

July 23, 2019

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Several efforts are underway nearly a year after the Trump administration released its blueprint to lower drug prices in May 2018, but tracking their outcomes depends on what metric is used to define drug prices, according to a session at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting, held March 25-28 in San Diego, California.

Rule Eliminating Rebates Leaves Plenty of Uncertainty

July 23, 2019

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A policy from the Trump administration to benefit patients and alleviate the high cost of prescription drugs would eliminate rebates from pharmaceutical companies to pharmacy benefit managers.

Prescription Benefits Consultant Sees Opportunities for Employers in Debate Over Rebates

July 23, 2019

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Prescription benefits consultant Chris Robbins, chief executive of cer of Arxcel, describes the finger-pointing in Congress over lowering drug costs this way: “If it weren’t so true, it might be almost humorous.”

Cigna, Express Scripts Capping Insulin Co-Pays at $25 for Participating Commercial Members

July 23, 2019

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A day after stakeholders told a House of Representatives subcommittee about problems accessing and paying for insulin, Cigna and its pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts said they are launching a program for patients with diabetes in their commercial plans so that they pay no more than $25 for a 30-day supply of insulin.