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February 28, 2013
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  • PCMA: Anti-biosimilars measures put profits over patients
    State legislation that would restrict dispensing biosimilars would raise drug costs for patients, employers and public health programs, PCMA says. "[C]ampaigning to restrict the use of biosimilars enriches brand manufacturers at the expense of the employers, public health programs, and patients who need access to lower cost medicines," PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt said. Bloomberg BNA (subscription required) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PCMA urges Postal Service to continue Sat. prescription delivery
    Groups including PCMA are pushing back against the U.S. Postal Service's plan to end Saturday delivery of some mail. PCMA said prescription drug delivery should continue even if Saturday letter delivery ends. "About one in six prescriptions that are home delivered arrive on Saturday. Consumers count on getting their prescriptions at the right time and often can't wait an additional two days," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt. CEO Update (subscription required) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 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.
 

  Legislative & Regulatory News 
  • Several states moving ahead on quality scores for health plans
    States including Oregon, Maryland and Colorado are getting a jump on quality ratings for health plans mandated under the Affordable Care Act. States will rate plans based on quality factors such as breast cancer screening rates, flu shot delivery and treatment of chronic illnesses to help consumers when they are choosing coverage. The deadline for doing so is 2016. Kaiser Health News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts call for flexibility in Medicare cost sharing
    Health care experts told a House subcommittee Tuesday that Medicare should be given flexibility in charging beneficiaries more or less based on the quality and value of services they are receiving. "Due to the lack of appropriate incentives, Medicare beneficiaries use too little high-value care and too much low-value care," said Dr. Mark Fendrick, director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Drug Industry Spotlight 
  • FDA reiterates safety, efficacy of generics
    Generic drugs show safety and efficacy comparable to that of their brand-name counterparts, the FDA stated. The agency said patients whose decisions may be swayed by price should not avoid generic medicines simply because of their lower costs. DailyRx.com (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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