Specialty Pharma Is Top of Mind for PBM Execs in Earnings Calls

While the cost-saving potential of biosimilars was an overarching theme as the major PBMs’ parent companies discussed second-quarter 2021 earnings, “specialty” was the buzzword during the most recent round of conference calls regarding fourth-quarter and full-year 2021 financial results.

“I would definitely say that the specialty [pharmacy] and home delivery business are contributing to earnings and our margin,” said Heather Cianfrocco, CEO of UnitedHealth Group-owned PBM OptumRx, during a Jan. 19 call with analysts.

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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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