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Diplomat Pharmacy buys LDI for $595 million

Diplomat Pharmacy buys LDI for $595 million

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. plans to acquire St. Louis-based pharmacy benefit manager LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services for in a $595 million cash and stock deal. The move marks the second PBM acquisition this month by Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy. On Nov. 6, the company announced the purchase of National Pharmacy

Congressman learns about Rx market

Congressman learns about Rx market

GREAT NECK, N.Y. — Rep. Tom Suozzi (D., N.Y.) got an education on drug cost dynamics during a tour of oncology pharmacy Onco360 here with members of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). Vice chairman of the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House of Representatives, Suozzi said he made the visit to learn more

Rep. Tom Suozzi visits N.Y. specialty pharmacy

Rep. Tom Suozzi visits N.Y. specialty pharmacy

GREAT NECK, N.Y. — Rep. Tom Suozzi (D., N.Y.) gauged cost dynamics of the specialty pharmacy market in a tour of oncology pharmacy Onco360 here with members of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). Seeking insight on what’s driving skyrocketing drug costs and the impact on patients, Suozzi met with Sheila Arquette, executive director

AllianceRx Walgreens Prime brand makes debut

AllianceRx Walgreens Prime brand makes debut

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walgreens and Prime Therapeutics LLC have inaugurated AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, the brand for the joint central specialty pharmacy and mail services company they formed earlier this year. The companies said the AllianceRx Walgreens Prime launch included the unveiling of new signage at its headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and at other company-owned facilities

M&A activity heats up in specialty pharmacy

M&A activity heats up in specialty pharmacy

In recent years, the specialty pharmacy industry has been defined by rapid growth with considerable entry from new participants. Factors driving growth include an increase of therapies introduced into the pharmacy benefit class rather than through the medical benefit, a growing number of patients receiving treatment for a wider range of conditions, price inflation caused

Diplomat acquires WRB Communications

Diplomat acquires WRB Communications

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. has acquired WRB Communications Inc., a Chantilly, Va.-based operator of health care contact centers, in a $29 million deal. Under the agreement, announced late Monday, Diplomat is paying WRB $24.5 million in cash and $4.5 million in common stock. Plans call for WRB to join Diplomat’s Envoy Health Management

Diplomat provides specialty Rx to Corizon Health

Diplomat provides specialty Rx to Corizon Health

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. has been selected to provide pharmacy services and dispense limited-distribution specialty drugs for Corizon Health’s clients and support its in-house mail-order pharmacy PharmaCorr. Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy, said the three-year agreement supports specialty pharmacy services for 321,000 patients across 25 states. Corizon Health, based in Brentwood,

CVS’ Advanced Care Scripts accredited by URAC

CVS’ Advanced Care Scripts accredited by URAC

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s Advanced Care Scripts (ACS) has gained specialty pharmacy accreditation from Washington, D.C.-based health care standards body URAC. CVS said Tuesday that the URAC designation signifies that its ACS unit has demonstrated a commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes. ACS manages and dispenses specialty medications to patients

Bartell Drugs rolls out specialty Rx services

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs, America’s oldest family-owned pharmacy, has launched a new specialty pharmacy service that personalizes health care for those experiencing conditions requiring specialized ­medications. “Being diagnosed and entering treatment can be overwhelming,” states Bartells clinical programs manager Christina Ree. “Our specialty pharmacy program helps take the fear out of the process and replaces

Bartell Drugs launches specialty pharmacy service

Bartell Drugs launches specialty pharmacy service

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has begun offering specialty pharmacy services that provide personalized support for people with chronic conditions. The Puget Sound-area drug chain said Tuesday that the Bartell Specialty Pharmacy programs are available at all of its 65 locations in Washington’s King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. The service provides pharmacy care for such complex

Specialty drugs shake up field of Rx players

Specialty drugs shake up field of Rx players

The rapid growth of the specialty pharmacy sector, fueled by high-priced specialty drugs, remains one of the leading story lines in the pharmacy industry. Compared with the retail pharmacy arena, the field of players in the specialty Rx market has yet to shake out. But pharmaceutical supply chain and economics expert Adam Fein, CEO of

Albertsons earns ACHC specialty pharmacy accreditation

Albertsons earns ACHC specialty pharmacy accreditation

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has gained accreditation for its specialty pharmacy care services from Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), a nonprofit health standards organization. Albertsons said late Thursday that it’s the largest national food and drug chain to receive the ACHC accreditation and operates its own in-house specialty care service for pharmacy patients.

Diplomat launches Specialty Infusion Group brand

Diplomat launches Specialty Infusion Group brand

FLINT, Mich — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. is uniting five subsidiaries under a new brand umbrella called Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group. The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy said the business units — American Homecare Federation, At-Home IV Infusion Professional, BioRx, MedPro Rx and XAS Infusion Suites — will continue to focus on their key areas of

Walgreens builds specialty pharmacy community

Walgreens builds specialty pharmacy community

BOSTON — Specialty medications have emerged as one of the fastest-growing segments of the overall pharmacy field. But while the specialty segment has garnered headlines mainly for the financial boon it has provided to some manufacturers or others within the industry, a Walgreens specialty pharmacy here provides a revelatory look at what these specialty facilities

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