Optum Rx ‘Pipeline’ Report Takes Closer Look at Three Large-Population Drugs

In its latest drug pipeline insights report, Optum Rx pivots from its habit of highlighting upcoming medications for rare diseases, instead focusing on a trio of emerging therapies that target much wider patient populations. The UnitedHealth Group-owned PBM tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that the move was driven more by happenstance than intention.

“In this report, we were focusing on drugs expected in the third quarter of 2023, and from among that group, these three seemed particularly interesting to describe in more detail,” explains Bill Dreitlein, senior director of pipeline and drug surveillance at Optum Rx.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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