Specialty Pharmacy Times: March/April

From the Chairman
Editorial
Convergence: Is Bigger Better?
The power of the payer in the specialty space continues to grow in the era of health care consolidation.
Viewpoints: The Last Word
Update on Rheumatoid Arthritis
With the introduction of biologics such as Humira, Enbrel, and Remicade to treat RA, prescription costs have steadily increased.
Features
Asembia’s 2018 Summit Continues to Enhance the Growth of Specialty Pharmacy
The largest annual US health care conference dedicated to specialty pharmacy returns April 29 through May 2, 2018.
Current Tech Hurdles in Specialty Pharmacy Lead to a Decrease in Effective Care
Lost within the fast-paced specialty pharmacy environment are updates to pharmacy software systems that can accommodate the ever-growing needs of patients.
Trends That Will Affect Specialty Health Care Into the Future 
Current developments and innovations that will shape the future of specialty pharmacy.
Exposing Benefits and Barriers: mHealth Use in Managing Hemophilia
Despite medical recommendations, many patients do not consistently remain adherent to their prophylactic schedule.
Mitigating Drug Diversion Risk: More Than Just Narcotics, Specialty Needs to Look at This Growing Problem
Expensive specialty drugs are a growing concern that are traditionally overlooked in drug diversion efforts.
Outpatient Cancer Center Cost Evaluation of Extended Beyond-Use Dating with a Closed-System Transfer Device
There is a constant balancing act for health care systems to provide the newest and most up-to-date care for patients while being financially responsible.
Value-Based Care Requires Specialty Pharmacy Scale With Broad Capabilities to Deliver Enhanced Patient Services
Within the evolving value-based care environment, there is great opportunity for specialty pharmacies to help support this new payer transformation.
How Do We Pay for Medical Innovation?
The disconnect between the short-term budgets of payers and long-term benefits for patients will become more pronounced as medical science continues to produce better therapies.
We Don’t Need No Education: Post–Pharmacy School Options 
Navigating the maze of professional pharmacy credentialing options and the value they add is nothing short of overwhelming.

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