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On the Horizon: The Specialty Pharmacy Pipeline

Specialty medications represent about 1.5% to 2.5% of prescriptions but comprise approximately 50% of total prescription costs. The average cost of a specialty drug...

How to Manage Generics When They Become Too Costly

There is insufficient competition in the generic drug marketplace, and market consolidation has led to price increases. Because of a lack of appropriate alternatives...

Real-Time Benefit Checks May Improve Medication Adherence, Reduce Patient Costs

Providers often have a limited knowledge of a specific patient’s insurance coverage when prescribing medications, and a real-time benefit check program may be a...

Tips for Addressing the Medical Pharmacy Benefit Spend

A total of 49 specialty drugs were approved in 2018: 25 managed through the medical benefit, 19 through the pharmacy benefit, and...

Switching Biologics Is Costlier Among Patients With Psoriasis

A recent study assessed the costs associated with switching biologic agents for patients with psoriasis. The authors found that compared with persistent users, patients who...

Limiting Pharmaceutical Coupon Use Is More Cost-Effective

Coupons are commonly marketed to patients and prescribers to insulate patients from higher costs associated with brand-name drugs. However, these coupons can...
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