Pharmacy Consulting

Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions LLC (PHSL) consults with pharmaceutical manufacturers, PBMs, pharmacies (retail, specialty, mail service, LTC, and hospital outpatient), and technology companies on strategic business and marketing issues. Consulting projects across these market segments provide PHSL with the latest information on emerging trends as well as new products and services. Our consultants have extensive retail, mail service and managed care experience to create actionable recommendations for our clients’ challenging business issues.

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ComputerTalk for the Pharmacist January/February 2021

PHSL President Ann Johnson and Co-founder Tim Kosty contributed to the January/February 2021 edition of ComputerTalk for the Pharmacist. In their Viewpoints article, Ann and Tim discuss the operational challenges of COVID-19 vaccine administration likely to be encountered, including patient acceptance, distribution challenges, administration reimbursement, billing guidance, and NDC code differences for EUA and commercial Read More →

2021 Formulary Exclusion Lists: A Review of Express Scripts, CVS Caremark, and OptumRx

It’s that time of year again, PHSL’s annual review of the PBM formulary exclusion list updates!  Express Scripts (ESI), CVS Caremark, and OptumRx have published their formulary exclusion lists for 2021.  Based on PHSL’s calculations, ESI leads the way with 117 new formulary exclusions. CVS Caremark added 62 new exclusions.  OptumRx will exclude an additional 38 Read More →

Rare Disease Drugs Led the Way for 2020

According to the FDA, there were 53 novel drug approvals in 2020, with 32% receiving FDA fast track status, 57% receiving priority review status, and 23% obtaining accelerated approval.  This count does not include vaccines, plasma products, or gene therapy products.  With so many 2020 drug approvals receiving priority review, it is likely that many Read More →

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Arine’s Virtual Pharmacist Platform Seeks to Decrease Medication Errors

Arine offers a Virtual Pharmacist platform designed to ensure patient safety and reduce human medical error costs. The platform uses a clinical database to continuously identify and resolve drug therapy problems in a patient’s medication therapy regimen. The platform does this by gathering information about the patient, which includes EMR data, lab results, medical and Read More →

Medicare Part D Plans Required to Support Electronic Prior Authorization

Regulations concerning the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program’s (Part D) e-prescribing requirement under the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “SUPPORT Act” will be put into practice.  These newly adopted standards for Part D e-prescribing will ensure secure electronic prior authorization (ePA) requests and response Read More →

The Battle Continues Over 340B

In November, we published a post detailing how several drug manufacturers would no longer be providing 340B drug pricing to most contract pharmacies.  As we predicted, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) reacted to this move, issuing an eight-page advisory opinion on contract pharmacies under the 340B drug program. This guidance was published Read More →