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Episode 77: The Biggest Trends in Specialty Pharmacy

July 10, 2023

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Specialty pharmacy trends have evolved significantly in recent years and even in the past few months. In this episode, Tim Paine, a specialty pharmacy expert who now heads up EPU Healthcare Consulting, dives into specialty pharmacy and its connection to the 340B program. Building off his decades of experience in pharmaceuticals and pharmacy, Tim discusses the high costs of specialty drugs, the crucial role of 340B discounts, and the challenges hospitals face navigating this ecosystem. Before the interview, we update listeners on the latest development in the ongoing 340B contract pharmacy issue. (Transcript)

Show Notes

  • Challenges for Hospitals in Managing Specialty Drug Costs Managing costs in a hospital setting, particularly specialty drug costs, is challenging. Tim shares how hospital administrators can address various factors to keep costs in check and ensure smooth operation.
  • Role of 340B Discounts in the Specialty Drug Market Tim highlights the value of the 340B discounts and how they can support hospitals while also highlighting how limited distribution drug networks and the influence of PBMs can further complicate cost management.
  • Continued Growth of Biosimilars Tim discusses the biosimilar market, where it stands in the specialty pharmacy landscape, and how we can expect it to grow in the coming years.

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