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January 4, 2013
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  • Orphan drug prices face growing scrutiny
    High prices for orphan drugs are getting a closer look as more drugmakers develop therapies to treat rare diseases. "Health care systems around the world are under increasing financial pressure, and all of them are starting to look very carefully at what they get for their money," said health economics professor Karl Claxton. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory News 
  • HHS grants conditional approval to 8 more state exchanges
    HHS gave conditional approval to health insurance exchange applications from California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah. A federal-state partnership exchange is planned for Arkansas. In total, 20 states have been given conditional approval to run health insurance exchanges. USA Today (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More employers turn to self-insured plans
    Large private-sector companies are increasingly embracing self-insured health plans, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Fifty-nine percent of employees with health benefits were covered by self-insured plans in 2011, compared with 41% in 1998, an EBRI report found. BenefitsPro.com (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PBM Industry News 
  • Strong social networks with practical support may improve adherence
    Having a strong social support network might improve prescription adherence, particularly if the network includes practical support, a study sponsored by CVS Caremark found. Practical support includes help with picking up prescriptions, reading drug labels, filling pill boxes and paying for prescriptions. Drug Store News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
Beware the fury of a patient man."
--John Dryden,
British poet, critic and playwright


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