UnitedHealth Group buys PBM Catamaran; Sanofi launches Toujeo; Teva acquires Auspex Pharmaceuticals
Here's three items you need to know from our latest managed markets/payer feature: Formulary Fireworks
FDA approves Novartis's Farydak for multiple myeloma; Shire acquires rare-disease drug for $70 million; FTC fines melanoma app marketers.
In a bid to compete with CVS Caremark, pharmacy retailer Rite Aid has purchased pharmacy- benefit manager Envision Pharmaceutical Services.
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.
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.
A deal struck by the drugmaker calls for state HIV programs to access its HCV combo, Viekira Pak, at a significant discount.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is too early to blame a sluggish economy for slow growth.
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
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.
Companies including WellPoint and Highmark are deploying financial incentives for doctors to stick with recommended cancer treatments.
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.
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.
If the HCV drug's trajectory continues, it could exceed Q1 and 2014 sales forecasts, despite payers' reported unease over price.
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.
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
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 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?
Double Helix, a healthcare consultancy that operates across three continents, was bought by Interpublic Group's McCann Health, the network said Monday.
Pharma needs to step up its sales pitch, looking beyond a drug's top attributes, to convince payers that their drugs are worth the cost.
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