BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
Shields Health Solutions | January 12, 2023
Shields Health Solutions (ShieldsRx), one of the leading specialty pharmacy accelerators, informed that the company has now collaborated with more than 850 hospitals at over 75 health systems after adding four more health systems.
ShieldsRx health system partners are well-positioned to improve therapy management and care coordination for critical patients, improving outcomes through high-quality care. Its health systems serve 1 million patients in 44 states.
Matt Conway, Chief Commercial Growth Officer of ShieldsRx stated, "As the foremost expert in health system specialty pharmacy, Shields has proven successful in partnering with health system leaders to develop integrated programs that deliver superior experiences and outcomes for complex patients." He further stated, "Not only do these programs deliver measurable clinical results but integrating specialty pharmacy within the health system also creates the net operating income health systems need to succeed. These proven clinical and financial results are why so many leading health systems trust Shields to elevate access, outcomes and growth within specialty pharmacy."
ShieldsRx's expansion with new health system partnerships includes
MyMichigan Health: Midland-based MyMichigan Health serves 25 counties. Its urgent care, home health, virtual care, and medical offices offer a broad spectrum of care in over 30 specialties and subspecialties.
Nemours Children's Health: Nemours Children's Health, the nation's most extensive multistate pediatric health system, has two free-standing children's hospitals and over 70 general and specialized care practices.
Solution Health: Phoenix Children's Care Network, Arizona's leading children's hospital, offers over 1,175 pediatric primary care professionals and specialists in over 75 subspecialties.
Traditional specialty pharmacy patients had to tackle administrative difficulties like prior authorization and expensive medical bills alone. Shields' expansion facilitated value-based reimbursement.
About Shields Health Solutions
Shields Health Solutions is a leading specialized pharmacy accelerator. Its Performance Platform is designed to improve payer and drug access for specialty pharmacies, improve health outcomes for complex patients, and promote growth across the entire health system. The company has access to over 80% of limited distribution medications (LDDs) and major health insurance payers in the U.S. along with a clinical strategy that lowers the total cost of treatment by 13%. ShieldsRx has collaborated with more than 70 health systems to deliver measurable clinical and financial benefits.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals | February 28, 2023
On February 27, 2023, EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading pharmaceutical firm committed to the development and commercialization of therapeutics to help improve the lives of patients with severe eye disorders and Rallybio Corporation, a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to identifying and accelerating the development of life-transforming therapeutics for patients with severe and rare diseases, announced a research collaboration to explore the sustained delivery of Rallybio's complement component 5 (C5) inhibitor for the treatment of geographic atrophy, an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration that can cause irreversible vision loss. The research will use EyePoint's proprietary Durasert® technology, which is designed for sustained intraocular drug delivery.
Approximately one million individuals in the United States suffer from geographic atrophy, which is characterized by atrophic lesions in the central region of the macula. Geographic atrophy can cause irreversible vision loss and can lead to legal blindness. Currently, geographic atrophy treatments are limited in choice and duration of action, leaving a significant unmet need for safe and effective treatment options.
Under the terms of the research partnership, EyePoint and Rallybio will assess and explore the viability of utilizing Rallybio's C5 inhibitor in EyePoint's Durasert technology, with the intention to increase the collaboration upon mutual agreement following the evaluation.
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals' M.D., President and Chief Operating Officer Jay Duker commented, "We are excited to begin this research collaboration to explore the combination of Rallybio's C5 inhibitor with our bioerodible Durasert sustained release drug delivery technology to develop a potential long-acting treatment for geographic atrophy," He further emphasized, "Geographic atrophy associated with dry macular degeneration is a devastating eye disease, and the inhibition of complement is a proven treatment pathway. We hope to leverage our Durasert technology in this collaboration to create a potential best-in-class, long-acting intravitreal insert, which we believe could provide a more desirable option for patients given that the existing approved therapy is injected every one to two months."
(Source – Business Wire)
About EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals is a leading pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes therapeutic products to help patients suffering from serious eye disorders. Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, it is committed to using its innovative drug delivery platform to improve patients' quality of life. The company's pipeline utilizes its proprietary Durasert technology, which enables sustained intraocular drug delivery. Its current pipeline includes EYP-1901, a potential six-month intravitreal anti-VEGF treatment aimed at treating wet age-related macular degeneration. Durasert technology has been successfully used across four FDA-approved products, including YUTIQ®, which treats chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
DirectRx Pharmacy | February 15, 2023
On February 14, 2023, DirectRx, a leading national specialty pharmacy committed to serving individual patients with chronic and complex health needs, announced the launch of a new website and a suite of team member training programs.
The new website emphasizes the company's dedication to working with patients and prescribers to provide the best possible care. The training programs are designed to assist team members in developing professionally.
The DirectRx website emphasizes the company's concern for patients and dedication to collaborating with doctors to offer the highest quality care. The new additions to the website consist of a Prescribers tab highlighting the key ways in which DirectRx collaborates with its prescriber partners; a manufacturers tab highlighting the company's "industry best" time-to-fill, adherence and conversion rates; and an interactive Careers tab to help grow the DirectRx team.
Additionally, DirectRx has launched new training and development programs for team members to help them improve their skill set and stay with the firm longer. The new programs include pharmacy technicians in training, account managers in training and regional patient care coordinators in training. The specialty pharmacy is also expanding its managerial positions, including a customer service manager role and others.
DirectRx's Director, Alban Ivezaj, commented, "We're very excited to launch our new website as we feel it better captures our commitment to compassionate patient care and the best-in-class services we offer to our provider partners." He added, "As a result of that commitment, DirectRx has experienced significant growth across all regions of the U.S. - including servicing all 50 states and a 26 percent increase in the number of patients we serviced in 2022."
(Source – Globe Newswire)
About DirectRx Pharmacy
Founded in 1985, DirectRx is an independent pharmacy committed to providing patients with exceptional, individualized pharmaceutical care. With the belief that communication and teamwork are crucial to achieving good treatment outcomes, the physician, patient, and pharmacist form a circle of integrated services and coordinated care, so there are no gaps in patient care between physician and pharmacist. It stands apart from the competition due to its concern and commitment to providing unmatched customer service. The company is accredited by ACHC, NABP, WBENC and URAC. Since its establishment over three decades ago, the company has expanded to 49 states.