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July 1, 2014
14:57 EDTESRXExpress Scripts to restrict coverage on compounded medecines, WSJ says
Pharmacy benefits managers like Express Scripts are beginning to restrict coverage of compounded medicines because of a change in how compound pharmacies bill for their products, as well as supply-and-demand issues, says the Wall Street Journal. This week, Express Scripts will start blocking coverage for approximately 1,000 active ingredients that are widely used by compounding pharmacies to create many topical treatments, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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May 29, 2015
09:16 EDTESRXBofA/Merrill healthcare tech analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Willoughby discusses relevant themes across the Healthcare Distribution & Technology subsectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on June 1 at 11 am.
May 21, 2015
11:08 EDTESRXExpress Scripts management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in New York on May 26 hosted by Jefferies.
09:38 EDTESRXExpress Scripts starting to win some business, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research is hearing Express Scripts won the state of South Carolina business and renewal rates remain strong and on track to achieve guidance of 94%-97%.
May 20, 2015
11:51 EDTESRXExpress Scripts' Medco to pay $7.9M to resolve kickback allegations
Medco Health Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX), of Missouri, has agreed to pay the government $7.9M to settle allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme in violation of the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced. Medco provides pharmacy benefit management services to clients who receive subsidies under the Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy program. The settlement resolves allegations that Medco solicited remuneration from AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, in exchange for identifying Nexium as the “sole and exclusive” proton pump inhibitor on certain of Medco’s prescription drug lists known as formularies. The United States alleged that Medco received some or all of the remuneration from AstraZeneca in the form of reduced prices on the following AstraZeneca drugs: Prilosec, Toprol XL and Plendil. The United States contended that this kickback arrangement between Medco and AstraZeneca (AZN) violated the Federal Anti-Kickback statute, and thereby caused the submission of false or fraudulent claims for Nexium to the Retiree Drug Subsidy Program. In January 2015, the United States and AstraZeneca reached a $7.9M settlement to resolve kickback allegations arising out of the same conduct. This civil settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provision of the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens with knowledge of false claims to bring civil actions on behalf of the government and to share in any recovery. The lawsuit was filed by former AstraZeneca employees Paul DiMattia and F. Folger Tuggle, whose share of the settlement has not been determined. The settlement with Medco was the result of a coordinated effort among the Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Delaware and HHS-OIG.
10:00 EDTESRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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May 19, 2015
16:41 EDTESRXExpress Scripts initiated with a Neutral at Baird
Target $94.

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