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Clinical Pharmacology

Insurer: No more prior auths for opioid addiction medsAs part of efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, Cigna removes prior authorization from medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.
Copay assistance programs: Managed care pros and consDo copay assistance program offer a long-term solution for patients? Experts weigh in.
Three ways to rein in drug costs regardless of who becomes presidentIt’s time for stakeholders to cooperate in order to limit the wasted spending on prescription medications and chart a path to collectively improving value derivation.

PDMPS: An effective but underutilized resource for prescribersMCOs are going to have to step up their efforts to impact the growing opioid epidemic in this country.
Biosimilars and interchangeable biologics: News to watchBiosimilars in the United States are slowly gaining traction, but widespread confusion and legal barriers remain.
Nearly half of BCBS members discontinue this RA drug after 1 yearAnalysis from Prime shows that improvements in persistency, adherence is key in RA treatments.

Biomarkers: Top challenges and opportunities in managed careBiomarkers, if used appropriately, could ensure patients receive the appropriate treatment sooner, and that they have better outcomes at reduced costs. But despite the potential and expanding capabilities, barriers to full-fledged use remain.
Five specialty pharmaceutical trends to watchApprovals of specialty pharmaceuticals have far outpaced traditional drugs, and that trend will continue. But that’s not the only specialty medication trend that healthcare executives should have on their radar.
Top risk factors for opioid use disorder, overdoseIn 2014, nearly 2 million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for a past-year prescription opioid use disorder, and at least 14,000 people died from a prescription opioid overdose. Read about the top drivers and risk factors.
Four developments helping address the opioid epidemicAs the opioid epidemic continues across the U.S., new treatment programs and guidelines could help reverse the trend.