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Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 26

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 26

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Medicaid officials urged to expand access to hepatitis-C drugs; Perrigo is looking to make acquisitions; Sarepta's experimental therapy gets priority review

PCSK9 inhibitors necessitate an update to heart guidelines, CVS Health says

The pharmacy benefit manager said that the introduction of new treatments and clinical evidence on statins demands a rethink to ACC/AHA guidelines

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 10

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 10

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CVS will not negotiate PCSK9 inhibitor pricing until Amgen's Repatha receives approval; more companies are looking inward for marketing help in lieu of agencies; AstraZeneca inks oncology collaboration

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 7

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 7

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CVS excludes 31 drugs including Viagra from its 2016 formulary; Sanofi partners with Evotec on stem-cell treatment development; primary-care physicians may hesitate to prescribe Truvada for PrEP

Express Scripts drops Onglyza from 2016 formulary over safety concerns

Express Scripts drops Onglyza from 2016 formulary over safety concerns

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The PBM said AstraZeneca's diabetes medications Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR will not be covered next year.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, June 3

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, June 3

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Teva is planning to up its stake in Mylan prior to a possible legal challenge; Perrigo acquires GSK OTC portfolio; Express Scripts considers creative ways to drive down drug costs

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, May 27

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, May 27

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Express Scripts seeks to pay more for top-performing cancer drugs; Olympus plans to settle marketing investigation; Novartis is collaborating on a robotic pill

FDA panel to review Vertex CF combo therapy on Tuesday

FDA panel to review Vertex CF combo therapy on Tuesday

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While the FDA is not required to follow the panel's recommendation, the agency's final decision on Orkambi is crucial to Vertex's future.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, May 4

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, May 4

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Drugmakers engage early with insurers; patients push for implant to be pulled from the market; about one-third of new drugs qualify for special approval pathways

Study shows women view health differently than industry thinks they do

Study shows women view health differently than industry thinks they do

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A deep dive by the think tank Center for Talent Innovation indicates pharma and payers need to widen their definition of health when communicating with women.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, March 30

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, March 30

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UnitedHealth Group buys PBM Catamaran; Sanofi launches Toujeo; Teva acquires Auspex Pharmaceuticals

Top 3 formulary access takeaways for pharma

Top 3 formulary access takeaways for pharma

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Here's three items you need to know from our latest managed markets/payer feature: Formulary Fireworks

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, February 24

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, February 24

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FDA approves Novartis's Farydak for multiple myeloma; Shire acquires rare-disease drug for $70 million; FTC fines melanoma app marketers.

Rite Aid buys PBM EnvisionRx for $2B

In a bid to compete with CVS Caremark, pharmacy retailer Rite Aid has purchased pharmacy- benefit manager Envision Pharmaceutical Services.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, January 29

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, January 29

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Former FDA chief tells court J&J knew of Risperdal risk, pay-for-delay deals get new court criteria, lawmakers may declare pharmacists healthcare providers.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, January 23

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, January 23

Express Scripts takes aim at high-priced cancer drugs; FDA panel recommends approval for Astellas orphan drug; GSK Ebola Vaccine could touch down in Liberia as early as next week.

AbbVie to discount HCV drugs for state HIV programs

A deal struck by the drugmaker calls for state HIV programs to access its HCV combo, Viekira Pak, at a significant discount.

2013 healthcare spending crept upwards

2013 healthcare spending crept upwards

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is too early to blame a sluggish economy for slow growth.

Biotech Report: Ultra Man

Biotech Report: Ultra Man

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Innovation is still valued in the orphan-drug space, but the reimbursement bar is rising. NPS Pharma's Eric Pauwels, who's launched five ultra-rare disease products, explains how these biotech brands can demonstrate their value. Marc Iskowitz reports

Cigna expedites Crestor use

Cigna expedites Crestor use

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The company signed a deal with AstraZeneca in which high-risk heart disease patients can bypass step therapy and go straight to the branded cholesterol fighter.

Insurers pay docs to stick to regimens

Companies including WellPoint and Highmark are deploying financial incentives for doctors to stick with recommended cancer treatments.

Survey finds pharma and payers not aligned

Survey finds pharma and payers not aligned

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An EY report finds that pharma is not only failing to give payers the right type of drug data, but that industry has a lot of trust-building to do before they will accept it.

Must biosimilar names be distinct? No, experts argue

Must biosimilar names be distinct? No, experts argue

Innovator companies want the FDA to adopt separate names for biosimilars. Manufacturing changes aren't drastic enough to make it necessary, experts argued at an FTC workshop.

What payer concerns? Sovaldi ahead of curve

What payer concerns? Sovaldi ahead of curve

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If the HCV drug's trajectory continues, it could exceed Q1 and 2014 sales forecasts, despite payers' reported unease over price.

Obesity marketing to stay same, despite new AMA designation

Obesity marketing to stay same, despite new AMA designation

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Drug makers say the AMA's labeling of obesity as a disease will prompt patient-physician conversations, but they have no plans to overhaul brands' messaging.

Company news: AstraZeneca, Novartis, Teva

AstaZeneca avoids a Lipitor moment, FDA approves Novartis med for Cushing's, and Teva ventures into South Korea. Plus: a closer look at health exchanges

Lilly sales dip 11% as diabetes drugs feel payer pressure

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Price increases and belt-tightening helped prop up Eli Lilly's third quarter, but loss of formulary positioning on two key products hurt sales.

IMS pitches expanded real-world evidence platform to pharma

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IMS has added claims data to its real-world evidence (RWE) platform, but can it satisfy industry's demand for RWE as well as a payer can?

McCann Health buys global market research consultancy

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Double Helix, a healthcare consultancy that operates across three continents, was bought by Interpublic Group's McCann Health, the network said Monday.


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