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March 7, 2013
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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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  • Patent settlements go before Supreme Court on March 25
    Makers of generic and brand-name drugs are set for arguments March 25 in a Supreme Court case in which federal officials argue that drug prices would be reduced without patent settlements. The case "will define how an entire industry does business," Generic Pharmaceutical Association President Ralph Neas said. An unfavorable ruling will be bad for drugmakers, taxpayers and consumers, he said. The Philadelphia Inquirer (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data mining IDs unreported drug interaction
    A study that used Internet data mining techniques found a side effect of combining paroxetine and pravastatin before it was detected by the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System. Analysis of Web queries entered by 6 million Internet users found that patients taking both drugs are more at risk of hyperglycemia than those taking just one of the two therapies. The approach offers a valuable tool for public health, researchers said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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PCMA is the national association representing America's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which administer prescription drug plans for more than 210 million Americans with health coverage provided through Fortune 500 employers, health insurance plans, labor unions, and Medicare Part D. PCMA is dedicated to enhancing the proven tools and techniques pioneered by PBMs that generate savings and access for consumers and payors.

 
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