Specialty Pharmacy News

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Rx trends 2015: Specialty drug costs

With specialty and biotech drugs claiming an ever-greater share of the pharmaceutical market and spawning a backlash from payers and patients over their high price tags, pharmacy operators are smack in the middle of a growing tug of war between the drug industry, the public and private health plans struggling to keep up with the new drug-cost paradigm.

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FDA approves AbbVie's Duopa

AbbVie announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved its Duopa (carbidopa and levodopa) enteral suspension, which is used to treat motor fluctuations for people with advanced Parkinson's disease. 

 

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FDA approves sBLA for Genentech's Gazyva

Genentech last week announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved a supplemental biologics license application for Gazyva to be used in combination with chlorambucil chemotherapy in people with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia.