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The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) filed an amicus brief May 13 in support of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) remaining law if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is invalidated. The BPCIA established the 351(k) biosimilar pathway, and AAM asserted that the legislation is “a functionally independent part” of the ACA. If the BPCIA is invalidated, “a decade of progress by AAM and its members would be lost,” stated the brief. View the brief at https://bit.ly/2zWVDlf.

With its first-in, first-out accounting methodology for specialty drug pricing, Navitus Health Solutions saved plan sponsors an average of 8% on those drugs in 2019 before price hikes due to inflation, according to its 2019 Drug Trend Report, released on May 18. Among other findings, the company’s specialty pharmacy, Lumicera Health Solutions, saved plan sponsors more than $1.5 million through its split-fill program. Download the report at www.navitus.com.

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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