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Clinical Pharmacology

Proposed Medicare Part B rule would cut payments for some drugsNew analysis finds proposed Medicare payment changes for physician-administered drugs would reduce reimbursement for those that cost more than $480 per day in 2016. Seven of the 10 drugs that constitute the largest reduction in reimbursement are used to treat cancer.
Electronic prior authorization and payers: Lessons from BCBSTwo presenters at the AMCP 2016 conference examine a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan pilot project to leverage technology for its medical specialty drug management program. Here are the lessons learned.
Pharmacists critical to success in 5 value-based modelsAt AMCP 2016, presenters identified five types of alternative payment models, and shared why pharmacists play a key role.

Three drug trends impacting specialty pharmacyAMCP session, “Specialty Pharmaceutical in Development,” highlighted critical trends that healthcare executives should be watching
Pharma industry must adopt value-driven perspective: Providers and health plans aren’t the only industry groups affected by the shift to value-based care. It’s time for pharma to get in on the action.
Shaping specialty pharmacy’s future: 4 perspectivesAt AMCP, four stakeholders representing the specialty pharmacy perspective, manufacturer perspective, payer perspective, and PBM perspective shared their thoughts on the future of specialty pharmacy.

Benzos linked to adverse health eventsThe death rate from overdoses involving benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, has increased more than four-fold since 1996, according to a study appearing online in the American Journal of Public Health.
PCSK9 inhibitor benefits patients with statin intolerancePCSK9 inhibitor benefits patients with statin intolerance
Drug spending rising at slower pacePBM Express Scripts shares findings from its new Drug Trend Report.
RA medications require unique cost considerationsWhen it comes to managing rheumatoid arthritis drugs, cost comes in various sizes and shapes.