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November 2018

Recent Stories

From Radar on Specialty Pharmacy - As the Trump administration continues to take steps toward bringing down spending on prescription drugs, the most recent HHS proposal has prompted the loudest pushback from the pharma industry. Unveiled Oct. 25 in an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), the three-pronged effort that’s focused on Medicare Part B would bring payments for those drugs closer to what other countries pay for these medications, revive a program that was unsuccessful in its initial iteration and modify the reimbursement structure for those therapies. Read more

Ignoring calls for change, CMS has decided to move forward with proposed… Read more

UnitedHealth Group quietly confirmed when it reported third-quarter 2018 earnings that its… Read more

The recently proposed International Pricing Index (IPI) would not only have an… Read more

From the Editor

Welcome to Your Radar on Specialty Pharmacy Subscriber Website

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January 10, 2018
Specialty Pharmacy News is about to become Radar on Specialty Pharmacy

With the February issue of SPN, we will adopt a new publication name: Radar on Specialty Pharmacy. While our focus is still squarely on providing strategies and analysis for managing high-cost specialty products, our new name signals a renewed commitment to in-depth, forward-looking coverage. Every issue will bring incisive coverage of the companies, people, catalysts and trends that shape the pharma industry today and in the future.

Radar on Specialty Pharmacy will join our other newly named publications: Radar on Medicare Advantage (formerly Medicare Advantage News) and Radar on Drug Benefits (formerly Drug Benefit News), available alongside Health Plan Weekly and Health Business Daily. Visit the AISHealth Marketplace for more information about our publications.

November 16, 2017
FDA Begins Implementing Naming Guidance

The FDA has started adding 4-letter suffixes to non-biosimilar biologics per its January final guidance: Mepsevii (vestronidase alfa-vjbk) and Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh)

August 30, 2017
First Gene Therapy Gets FDA Approval

FDA approves first gene therapy in U.S., Novartis’ CAR-T drug Kymriah, for treatment of people up to 25 years old with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia that is refractory or has relapsed at least twice http://tinyurl.com/y8xku8ol