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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2023 Formulary Exclusions Lists: A Review of Express Scripts, CVS Caremark, and OptumRx

It’s back…PHSL’s annual review of the big 3 PBM formulary exclusion list updates! Express Scripts (ESI), CVS Caremark, and OptumRx published their formulary exclusions for January 2023. Based on PHSL’s review, OptumRx leads the way with over 77 new formulary exclusions. ESI added 36 new exclusions, while CVS Caremark only excluded an additional 26 drugs. Read More →

Dispenser Track and Trace: Applicability to Patients

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act, also known as the Track-and-Trace Law, has been a topic of discussion for almost a decade. The FDA announced their 10-year plan in November of 2013 with the goal that each drug product would be traceable from the moment it was manufactured to the moment it was dispensed to Read More →

Melissa Krause and Logan Graham Presenting at PPA Mid-Year Conference

PHSL Vice President Melissa Krause and PHSL Intern Logan Graham will be presenting at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association 2023 Mid-Year Conference taking place on February 24 – 26 in Lancaster, PA. Melissa and Logan will be providing an overview of the 340B program as a whole, share recent updates and describe their effects on pharmacies, and Read More →

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2022 Formulary Exclusions Lists: A Review of Express Scripts, CVS Caremark, and OptumRx

As we prepare for 2023 formulary exclusions to be implemented, we wanted to look back at 2022 formulary exclusions for Express Scripts (ESI), CVS Caremark, and OptumRx. Based on PHSL’s review, ESI led the way with over 108 formulary exclusions. CVS Caremark added 95 new exclusions, while OptumRx only excluded an additional 80 drugs. Although Read More →

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Are Now Available

Hearing loss is a critical public health issue. Nearly 30 million adults in the US have some degree of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss increases the risk of social isolation and depression and is one of the greatest modifiable risk factors for dementia. Although use of hearing aids has increased in the past several years, studies Read More →

FTC Review of PBMs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) aims to promote competition, educate consumers, and protect them from unfair business practices. In mid-2022, the FTC announced that they will be investigating records from six of the largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to understand how they operate their businesses. Under section 6(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Read More →