Study finds home delivery of prescriptions increases generics sales
NEW YORK Patients are more likely to use generic drugs if they get them from home delivery pharmacies rather than retail pharmacies, according to a study by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, which operates a home delivery service.
The study found that patients using Sanofi-Aventis’ Ambien (zolpidem) or a generic version of the drug were 34 percent more likely to pick the generic version if they received it by home delivery.
“Financial incentives are important but not enough to realize the full money-saving potential of therapeutically equivalent generics,” study author Emily Cox said.
Care Pharmacies joins NCPA
ALEXANDRIA, Va. Care Pharmacies on Wednesday announced that the franchise network of more than 50 independent pharmacies joined the National Community Pharmacists Association.
“As an advocate for our cause, NCPA is one of our biggest allies, and as they support us, we should support them,” stated Care chief executive officer Gerry Crocker.
Care and NCPA has shared office space since February, when the franchisor relocated its offices to the NCPA headquarter building as part of its planned expansion efforts.
Bayer to acquire Direvo Biotech for $300 million
NEW YORK Bayer has announced that it will buy a German biotech company for almost $300 million.
Bayer said in a statement that the deal to buy Direvo Biotech would likely be done at the end of the month.
The acquisition will help Bayer’s efforts to develop biologic drugs, including antibodies.