The Pharmacy Benefit

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Today, spending on biologic drugs makes up 43% of total drug spending. This is a growing area of new innovation for a multitude of therapeutic areas, and also an area of growing cost. To increase the use of biosimilars, strategies must be implemented to focus on biologics and drive cost-savings. To share these strategies, host JC Scott is joined by two members of Prime Therapeutics, Dr. Joseph Leach, Prime Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, along with Jarrod Henshaw, Prime Senior Vice President and Innovation & Supply Chain Officer. Prime Therapeutics recently announced a major program addressing the increased use of biosimilars. Jarrod explains the differences between traditional drugs vs. biologics and generics drugs vs. biosimilars. Jarrod and Dr. Leach discuss what it means for biosimilars to be interchangeable, how they confront fears and misperceptions on biosimilars, what roles PBMs must play to drive the cost-savings from adoption of biosimilars, and how policies and incentives can encourage the use of biosimilars.

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Today, spending on biologic drugs makes up 43% of total drug spending. This is a growing area of new innovation for a multitude of therapeutic areas, and also an area of growing cost. To increase the use of biosimilars, strategies must be implemented to focus on biologics and drive cost-savings. To share these strategies, host JC Scott is joined by two members of Prime Therapeutics, Dr. Joseph Leach, Prime Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, along with Jarrod Henshaw, Prime Senior Vice President and Innovation & Supply Chain Officer. Prime Therapeutics recently announced a major program addressing the increased use of biosimilars. Jarrod explains the differences between traditional drugs vs. biologics and generics drugs vs. biosimilars. Jarrod and Dr. Leach discuss what it means for biosimilars to be interchangeable, how they confront fears and misperceptions on biosimilars, what roles PBMs must play to drive the cost-savings from adoption of biosimilars, and how policies and incentives can encourage the use of biosimilars.

What is The Pharmacy Benefit?

JC Scott, President & CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, discusses the latest trends, public policy developments, and political challenges impacting drug pricing and healthcare.

You'll hear the nation's top thought leaders, policy experts, and political analysts on topics like how employers, unions, and others use Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to drive value for their members in the face of growing healthcare costs. You'll also learn about advancements in gene therapy, biologics, other cutting edge therapies, and the patient benefits and cost challenges that come with them.

The Pharmacy Benefit will also analyze the latest news from inside the industry and give you an educated perspective on where things currently stand and where we think they're headed.