Drugmakers boost Part D discounts on PCSK9 inhibitors | Program that traces, verifies prescription drugs launched by FDA | States test limits of CMS tolerance for Medicaid expansion
February 11, 2019
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Drugmakers boost Part D discounts on PCSK9 inhibitors
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi are increasing discounts on the cholesterol-lowering drug Praluent for Medicare Part D plans, which the companies say will reduce subscribers' monthly out-of-pocket costs to $25 to $150 for the drug. The move comes after Amgen increased discounts on its rival PCSK9 inhibitor, Repatha.
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Program that traces, verifies prescription drugs launched by FDA
Program that traces, verifies prescription drugs launched by FDA
The FDA has launched a pilot program designed to enhance the tracing and verification of prescription drugs. The project aims to help detect and remove counterfeit drugs from the supply chain.
European Pharmaceutical Review (UK) (2/8) 
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States test limits of CMS tolerance for Medicaid expansion
CMS Administrator Seema Verma has granted waivers to states seeking to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act but impose restrictions not in the ACA. Now some states are developing waiver requests to further expand coverage, add public buy-in options and shift to a single-payer model.
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