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MedPAC Issues Part B Recommendations

(COA) June 16, 2017 - Yesterday the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its June 2017 Report to Congress today, issuing several major recommendations related to Medicare Part B drug payments.

Jeff Patton (Posted: June 16, 2017)

quotesOnce again COA gets it right. MedPAC is completely out of touch with both the clinical issues and market forces in medicine. We all need to aggressively support COA to represent the interests of us and our patients.quotes

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Supreme Court Speeds Copycat Biologic Drugs to Market

(Reuters) June 12, 2017 - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cut the time it will take for copycat versions of biologic drugs to get to the market in a pivotal ruling about an expensive class of medicines that can yield billions of dollars in sales for drug companies.

Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: June 15, 2017)

quotesThis is a big win for biosimilars. While biosimilars may not be discounted as much as expected, we are still seeing cost savings as rebates arrangements are becoming more aggressive. So now the question is whether the biosimilar manufacturers are ready to begin production sooner. quotes

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New Mexico Physician Chosen as AMA President-elect

(AMA) June 13, 2017 - Physicians gathered at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) today voted for Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., an oncologist from Albuquerque, N.M., as the new president-elect of the nation’s premier physician organization. Following a year-long term as president-elect, Dr. McAneny will assume the office of AMA president in June 2018.

Jeff Patton, M.D. (Posted: June 14, 2017)

quotesThis is great news for community oncology. Barbara will be a great champion for us and the value we bring to our patients and our community. Congratulations Barbara!quotes

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