6 Legal And Regulatory Risks Facing Specialty Pharmacies

Law360, New York (March 9, 2017, 10:40 AM EST) -- Carol Ann Poindexter

Selina Coleman

Savannah Wiseman “Specialty drugs” are a fast growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry and are predicated to represent 50 percent of drug expenditures in the United States by 2020.[1] Specialty drugs are typically dispensed by specialty pharmacies. Although there is no agreed-upon industry definition of “specialty pharmacy,” generally, these pharmacies focus on dispensing and distributing high cost “specialty drugs” prescribed for the treatment complex or chronic medical conditions such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.[2]

Although specialty pharmacies face many of the same legal and regulatory issues that traditional retail pharmacies face,...

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