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February 27, 2013
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  • Effort to bring cheaper biosimilars to patients faces challenges
    Data from a congressional panel and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts suggest biosimilar drugs can save the nation billions of dollars, but the industry faces numerous challenges in realizing those savings. Roadblocks include setbacks for development programs and regulatory hurdles. Meanwhile, patients struggle with the heavy cost of biologic drugs. The Wall Street Journal (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: ACA's cost-cutting measures vital to deficit
    A report by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the Affordable Care Act's effect on the deficit depends on whether key cost-cutting provisions survive over the next 75 years. If cost-cutting measures that are currently part of the legislation survive, the deficit will fall, but if they are removed from the law, the deficit will rise, the report says. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plan to fix Medicare doctor payment gains some steam
    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., garnered some support Tuesday for his plan to solve the Medicare physician payment issue. Revised cost estimates for addressing the problem could help after the Congressional Budget Office lowered the projected price tag to $138 billion over the next 10 years from $245 billion. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 Registration is now open for PCMA's Specialty Pharmacy Business Forum!
The SPBF provides individuals and companies in the specialty pharmacy chain of commerce with exceptional educational and business networking opportunities. A unique aspect of the conference is "PCMA-Connect," an online networking community that will give attendees the opportunity to search for, connect, and coordinate meetings with existing and potential business customers and partners.
 

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