PHARMACY

Acro hosts Payer/Managed Care Symposium

BY Alaric DeArment

SHARON HILL, Pa. — Attendance at the fifth annual Payer/Managed Care Symposium "far exceeded" that of previous years, the event’s sponsor said.

Acro Pharmaceutical Services said the event, which took place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, attracted more than 130 attendees from specialty drug manufacturers, health plans and other payer organizations representing the majority of patients in the Mid-Atlantic region. The goal of the symposium, Acro said, was to "foster greater insight into the payer perspective on the trends and challenges of managing the specialty pharmacy drug benefit."

"Our efforts over the past years are tangibly translating into significant progress in advancing the cause of specialty pharmacy while bettering the working relationships between payers and the manufacturers of specialty pharmacy medications," Acro president Sajid Syed said. "As part of Lincare Holdings Inc., Acro is now well-positioned to support their mutual needs — not only in the Mid-Atlantic region, but in an increasingly broader service area."


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Lilly expands Spanish-language section of ‘Lilly for Better Health’ Web portal

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS — Drug maker Eli Lilly has expanded its Spanish-language portal, the company said Friday.

Subsidiary Lilly USA launched an expanded "En Español" section of the Lilly For Better Health website. The section features a 60-page interactive health album that provides tips on healthy eating, physical activity and managing health conditions, as well as health-and-wellness quizzes and risk assessments on weight management, diabetes and other topics.

"Lilly is committed to serving our diverse patient population by providing disease prevention and management resources in multiple languages, including Spanish," Lilly VP for the company’s U.S. medical division Jack Harris said. "By expanding the Spanish resources available through Lilly for Better Health, we aim to support more patients and families in living a healthier lifestyle."


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Diplomat, RainTree Oncology Services announce agreement

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has signed an agreement with a provider of acquisition and management services for oral cancer drugs that the companies said would allow for better access to the drugs and related programs.

RainTree Oncology Services announced the agreement with Flint, Mich.-based Diplomat, saying it was building a network of community oncologists through which members will obtain drugs at contracted prices and that the agreement would improve access to clinical and medication management programs.

"We are honored to be chosen by RainTree to be their specialty pharmacy partner," Diplomat president and CEO Phil Hagerman said. "Working in close partnership with RainTree will facilitate enhanced services to RainTree physicians and improved outcomes for their patients. This model will secure access to complex oral oncolytics as well as implement drug-specific algorithms that will help mimic clinical trial efficacy."

Changes in healthcare economics have affected how community oncology practices operate, RainTree said, putting pressure on their ability to deliver services to patients. This, according to the company, can make acquisition and management of oral cancer drugs problematic because the drugs are expensive and often not fully reimbursed.


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