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A review of approaches for the management of specialty pharmaceuticals in the United States.

Authors
  • Patel, Bijal Nitin
  • Audet, Patricia R
Type
Published Article
Journal
PharmacoEconomics
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2014
Volume
32
Issue
11
Pages
1105–1114
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s40273-014-0196-0
PMID: 25118989
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

With increased innovation and development of specialty pharmaceuticals, the US and global healthcare industries are looking to implement appropriate management strategies to control both utilization and costs. Specialty pharmaceuticals are high-cost medications that treat complex, chronic, rare, and difficult-to-manage conditions. These drugs require special drug handling, appropriate clinical outcomes monitoring, and effective cost controls. The primary scope of this article is to discuss various strategies being implemented for specialty pharmaceutical utilization and cost management and correlated outcomes in the USA; these outcomes include enhanced health insurance plan benefit designs with formulary modifications and greater patient cost burden. Additional methods to manage specialty pharmaceuticals include the use of specialty pharmacies for drug distribution, increased emphasis on coordination of care and evidence-based medicine, as well as healthcare reform and regulations. Healthcare spending, both in the US and globally, continues to increase, with a rising proportion of drug spend towards specialty pharmaceuticals. Continued specialty pharmaceutical innovation and introduction of biosimilar products will evolve the currently utilized management strategies for these drugs.

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