The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts said its CFO Eric Slusser is leaving the company. James Havel, an executive vice president, is taking his place.
Pharmacy benefit manger Express Scripts will acquire medical benefits management company EviCore Healthcare for $3.6 billion, a move that will allow the company to access that growing market, the company said Tuesday.
The American Medical Association says doctors and their patients, not pharmacy benefit managers, should determine opioid treatment plans, criticizing Express Scripts' plan to limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users.
In a rational political environment, there's a strong argument for tax reform—the next item on President Donald Trump's agenda. But we don't live in such an environment. Cutting taxes when the economy is near full employment will do nothing more than blow a massive hole in the federal budget.
The largest pharmacy benefit manager in the country will lose Anthem's business in 2019, which is a sizable chunk of its business. For now, it's riding increasing specialty drug claims and home delivery revenue to an 11% second-quarter profit increase.
Blink Health and Express Scripts partnered with Eli Lilly to provide up to a 40% discount on the drugmaker's insulin. An Express Scripts spokesman said Blink ended the contract because it did not want an exclusive relationship with the PBM, a violation of their agreement.
Anthem's decision last week to cut ties with its long-time pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is being called a game changer for a segment of the industry that's increasingly under fire for pricing and transparency.
Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Witness how the pharmaceutical industry has succeeded in taking advantage of President Donald Trump's failure to do something—anything—about high drug prices.
Anthem is on the hunt for a new PBM in a highly consolidated industry that doesn't switch partners often. Express Scripts will be left with a gaping hole in its revenue that experts say will be tough to repair.
Express Scripts' shares plummeted more than 10% in the wake of the news that it lost its largest client. Anthem accounts for about 18% of the pharmacy benefit manager's revenue.
A federal judge has dismissed two counterclaims by Express Scripts Holding Co. in a multibillion dollar lawsuit brought on by insurer Anthem over its drug charging policies.
Data Points for the week of Oct. 31, 2016, covered the following topics: Patients who don't adhere to their medication schedule, costs of medication nonadherence, percentage of adults who took at least one prescription medicine in 2012 and deaths from not taking prescriptions.