Prime Therapeutics Expanding Formulary Exclusion Program In 2018
The NetResults formulary contributed to a 0.2% decline in overall drug spending by the pharmacy benefit manager's commercial clients in 2017, according to Prime Therapeutics' Drug Trend report.
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And for diabetes, Jardiance is out and Invokana is in; CVS formulary update includes far fewer exclusions than previous years and reinstates coverage for several drugs, signaling more muted approach to management.
Findings could provide a basis for future policy interventions, the department says. Speeding generics and biosimilars would seem a natural outshoot of the conclusions, but the report does not contain any recommendations.