Specialty Pharmacy Times: July/August

From the Chairman
Buying In on Biosimilars
With drugs that achieve similar clinical outcomes, it will ultimately come down to financial differentiation that can determine which drugs lead the market.
Editorial
Patients First: Is Specialty Pharmacy in the Blueprint?
The meteoric rise in drug spending over the past 10 years has been driven by specialty therapeutics, while spending on traditional therapies has decreased.
Viewpoints: The Last Word
Will a New Utah Law Change the DIR Conversation?
Although there has been an increasing amount of legislation regarding it, as well, the Utah legislature has taken a very different approach.
Features
Going Beyond the Headlines on Health Spending in 4 Steps
Health care spending in the United States is at the center of a loud, fractured debate mired in deep complexity.
The Missing Link: Care Management’s Ability to Improve Specialty Pharmacy’s Value Proposition
A real-life look at pharmacist-led care management's ability to overcome barriers to care and adherence in HIV treatment.
What Makes Specialty Infusion Pharmacy So Special?
Specialty infusion pharmacy should be thought of in terms of superlatives, such as most complex and highest cost.
Limiting the Distribution of Oncology Drugs
Approximately 80% of manufacturers are already managing their products, many of which are oncology drugs, through a limited distribution model.
Putting Data to Work in Specialty Pharma
With the right technology and information, we can better understand everything from clinical best practices to patient behaviors and even operational efficiencies.
How Integrated Health Care Delivery Networks Collaborate to Optimize Specialty Pharmacy Care
As the number of specialty drugs has grown in the past decade, regional health systems and academic medical centers have stepped up to assert the power of integration and coordinated care by establishing and expanding their own specialty pharmacies.
A Case for Biosimilar Use: 5 Things You Need to Know
Biosimilars are a potential solution to the ever-growing problem of high specialty drug costs.
Ready for New Rules on Hazardous Drug Management?
The US Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention’s General Chapter <800> draft guidelines have already raised the bar for hazardous drug management and imposed costs for compliance.

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