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Daiichi Sankyo Provides Support to China

PV1015_DaiichiSankyoChinaDaiichi Sankyo has launched a new social contribution initiative through an international NGO, Plan Japan, in the rural areas of Yunnan Province in China. Daiichi Sankyo provides support to help improve the health of mothers and children by developing medical professionals through additional training and promoting health education. In China, the available healthcare services for mothers and children in rural and urban areas differ significantly. The demand in rural areas for better pediatric care and medical professionals with experience in the integrated management of children’s illnesses has greatly increased.

Specialty Drug Costs spur concerns

Employers are considering unconventional strategies to manage double-digit cost increases while shifting more cost toPV1015_GrossDomesticProduct employees, according to the Midwest Business Group on Health. Although the vast majority of employers (88%) still rely on traditional plan designs, many are ready to focus on new approaches to managing specialty drug costs.

Findings of the survey:

78% of employers are strongly concerned about the increasing costs of specialty drugs and 60% are strongly concerned about the number of specialty drugs in the pipeline.

68% of employers are considering using a narrow network, while less than 10% offer one.

16% of employers carve out their specialty drug benefit, and 63% are considering this strategy.

More than half of employers are considering shifting more costs to employees with 18% already doing so. (PV)

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Parexel Sets Gold Standard
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