Express Scripts News

Cigna’s Purchase of Express Scripts Tightens Drug Supply Chain

Over 20 years, Brian Komoto built a thriving pharmacy in California’s Central Valley. Each day, his nurses would travel the vast agricultural region’s roads to help hepatitis C patients take a grueling regimen of shots. Then, in 2016, 20 percent …

Express Scripts Will Limit Drug for First Time Opioid Users

The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express …

Express Scripts: Workers’ Comp Prescription Drug Spend Increased 2.2% in 2015

Rising drug prices contributed to a 2.2 percent growth in pharmacy spending for American workers’ compensation payers in 2015, according to a new report released by Express Scripts. Effective management programs helped lower injured workers’ drug utilization by 2.6 percent …

Specialty Drugs Driving Up Prescription Costs: Express Scripts

Prescription drugs spending jumped 13 percent last year, the biggest annual increase since 2003, according to the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager. Express Scripts Holding Co. said that the jump was fueled in part by pricey specialty drugs that accounted …

More States Considering Workers’ Compensation Drug Formularies

While workers’ compensation pharmacy benefit managers have been utilizing drug formularies for a long time, only Washington, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma have state-regulated drug formularies in place. Several more states are considering their use as a way to reduce drug …

Express Scripts Launches Workers’ Comp Program To Reduce Narcotic Abuse

Prescription narcotic overdoses cause more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined each year. Misuse and abuse of these powerful medications also result in significant extra expense for workers’ compensation payers. St. Louis-based Express Scripts announced the launch of its Morphine …

Study Reveals Keys to Controlling Specialty Drug Costs

A study presented at the National Business Group on Health’s (NBGH) Business Health Agenda 2013 conference in Washington, D.C., showed that, on average, employers that use multiple cost management programs had a 50 percent lower specialty drug trend than employers …

Report: Higher-Priced Drugs Added $2.1B to 2011 Workers’ Comp Pharmacy Costs

Unnecessary use of higher-priced medications resulted in nearly all of the $2.1 billion in wasted pharmacy-related spending last year for workers’ compensation payers, according to research published in the 2011 Express Scripts Workers’ Compensation Drug Trend Report. About 125 million …

Express Scripts Unveils New Program to Deter Fraud in Workers’ Comp Prescriptions

Express Scripts, Inc. has established a comprehensive fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) detection program for workers’ compensation payers, which can help stem the rising costs associated with the widespread abuse of prescription narcotics. The new Express Scripts program offers a …