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November 28, 2012
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  • Generics help offset steep price hikes on brand-name drugs
    Prices for brand-name drugs in the U.S. rose 13.3% from September 2011 to September 2012, and spending on specialty drugs has climbed 22.6% over the first three quarters of 2011, according to a study by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts. However, a generic drug utilization rate close to 80% helped curb overall drug spending, the study found. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  PBM Industry News 
  • Expert: Proposed EHB rule offers formulary flexibility
    Proposed HHS rules would require that insurance plans sold on exchanges cover the greater of either one drug in each therapeutic class or the same number of drugs in each class as covered in a state's benchmark plan. The requirement applies to the number of drugs covered, leaving open the option of including different drugs on plan formularies, writes industry expert Adam Fein. Drug Channels (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Drug Industry Spotlight 
  • Indian patent board upholds ruling against AstraZeneca
    India's Intellectual Property Appellate Board dismissed AstraZeneca's challenge to a ruling that negated the drugmaker's patent on a quinazoline derivative. The ruling is similar to other recent rulings in the country voiding drugmaker patents. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wockhardt gets 3 generic-drug approvals from FDA
    The FDA has granted Wockhardt approval for its generic version of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi's anticoagulant Plavix. The company has also received approvals for its generic copies of GlaxoSmithKline's antidepressant drug Wellbutrin SR and Novartis' Parkinson's disease drug Stalevo. Drug Store News (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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