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2016 Press Releases


AMCP Joins Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies to Educate Providers About Illegal Online Pharmacies  
The Academy is proud to join 16 other national nonprofit health care organizations in raising awareness among the provider community of illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medications.


Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Launches New Express Publication Option for Authors
JMCP is pleased to announce the launch of “Express EPub Ahead of Print,” a new service for authors wishing to have their accepted articles published electronically months before they appear in the print publication. 


Health Care Costs for Patients with Heart Failure Spike 3-fold in Final Months of Life, While Pharmacy Costs Remain Stable: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy  
Total costs of treating heart-failure (HF) patients escalate nearly three-fold in the final six months of life, driven overwhelmingly by hospitalizations. Pharmacy costs, meanwhile, remained relatively constant during this time, according to a new study in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.


AMCP CEO Praises Enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act, Highlights New Law’s Major Advance Towards Value-Based Health Care System 
One specific provision takes an important step towards creating a value- and outcomes-based health care system that will give patients the medicines they need while ensuring the wise use of health care dollars.


AMCP Addiction Treatment Advisory Group Releases Findings on Improving Treatment of Opioid Addiction
ATAG has released detailed findings on how managed care organizations can better address the opioid addiction crisis, including through improved access to naloxone and Medication Assisted Therapies (MAT).


AMCP CEO Susan A. Cantrell, RPh, CAE, Comments on House Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act   
The Academy commends the House for its overwhelming passage of this important bipartisan legislation. 



AMCP Foundation Issues Two Major Reports: Symposium Report on Effective Strategies to Balance Access and Use of Opioid Therapies; and Assessment of Future Health Care Trends
The AMCP Foundation has released two major reports that address some of the most perplexing challenges facing the U.S. health care system today.


Chris Lyons Joins AMCP as Chief Operating Officer
AMCP is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Chris Lyons in the new role of AMCP Chief Operating Officer.


Academy Launches Inaugural Forum on Driving Value and Outcomes in Oncology
Multiple Stakeholders Offer Recommendations to Assist Providers and Payers in Making Evidence-Based Decisions to Improve Cancer Treatment in Rapidly Changing Environment


Pharmacy Stakeholders Release Standardized Documentation of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services Using SNOMED CT Codes
Pharmacy professional organizations and stakeholders today released a standardized framework for documenting medication therapy management services using SNOMED CT codes — a standard clinical terminology used for the electronic exchange of clinical health information and reporting of clinical quality measures.


A Briefing for Congressional Staff, Sponsored by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
Toward Value-Based Decisions in Drug Pricing: What Congress and FDA Can Do to Foster Better and Earlier Communication Between Pharma, Payers, and Other Healthcare Decision-Makers


BBCIC Announces Major Milestone; Prepares for Comparative Effectiveness and Safety Studies of Biosimilars Coming to Market in 2017
The Biologics & Biosimilars Collective Intelligence Consortium this month reached a significant new phase of operation, posting research protocols that will lay the groundwork for comparative effectiveness and safety studies of biosimilars currently available or projected to enter the market next year.



JMCP Research Focus: Comprehensive Hepatitis C Virus Medication Management Program Generates 10:1 ROI in State Medicaid Program
A comprehensive medication management program designed to optimize therapy and boost adherence to hepatitis C virus (HCV) medications saved a state Medicaid program nearly $3.8 million in avoided costs, according to a new study in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. 


AMCP Foundation’s Symposium Gathers Diverse Stakeholders to Address Issues of Opioid Misuse and Abuse 
AMCP Foundation holds 6th Annual Research Symposium, “Balancing Access and Use of Opioid Therapy.



AMCP Nexus 2016 Draws 2,300 Managed Care Professionals for Education and Policy Discussions on Top Pharmacy and Health Care Issues 
AMCP Nexus 2016 features a wide variety of educational sessions and policy discussions covering such hot topics as managing the specialty drug spend, treating opioid abuse and communicating off-label health care economic information.


Diverse Health Care Stakeholders at AMCP Forum Recommend Manufacturers Share Off-Label Information on Medications Awaiting FDA Approval with Health Care Decision Makers 
Biopharmaceutical companies and health care decision makers would be able to more easily communicate information on products awaiting FDA approval, under recommendations developed at an AMCP partnership forum.


Two Managed Care Pharmacy Leaders Nominated by AMCP and AMCP Foundation Are Selected for PCORI Advisory Panels
Don Klepser, PhD, MBA, will serve on PCORI’s Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities. And Mitzi Wasik, PharmD, BCPS, will serve on PCORI’s Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems.



Pharmacy Organizations Seek Broad Stakeholder Feedback by Sept. 16 on Draft Standardized Framework for Documenting Medication Therapy Management Services Using SNOMED CT Codes 
AMCP, PQA, and the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative released a draft standardized framework for documenting MTM services using SNOMED CT Codes.



JMCP Research: Biosimilar Naming Conventions May Affect Pharmacists’ Perceptions and Confidence in Dispensing Biologics 
Variations in how biosimilar products are named may affect the willingness of some pharmacists to substitute an interchangeable biologic for its branded reference product, according to a survey study published in this month’s Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.


AMCP Partnership Forum Seeks Strategies to Integrate New Diabetes Treatments 
Event focuses on innovations in diabetes care that are producing changes to treatment options, patient engagement, accountability and patient-provider interactions.


AMCP Praises Senate Passage of S. 524 to Combat Opioid Epidemic  
CARA contains AMCP-supported measures to protect at-risk Medicare beneficiaries, enhance state prescription drug monitoring programs.


AMCP Launches Online Biosimilars Resource Center for Pharmacists, Physicians, Other Providers
Biosimilars Resource Center provides an unbiased, policy-neutral repository of educational resources and information on biosimilars for pharmacists, physicians, nurses and other health care providers.


AMCP Releases Consensus Recommendations to Improve Sharing of Health Care Economic Information Used in Pharmaceutical Coverage Decisions
Recommendations Developed by Diverse Stakeholders Will Be Presented to FDA as It Considers New Guidance for FDAMA Section 114 


AMCP Foundation Partners with Allergan and Pfizer on Managed Care Summer Internships 
Six student pharmacists from across the country will participate in summer internship programs offered by the AMCP Foundation in partnership with Allergan, Inc. and Pfizer, Inc. 


Cost-Effectiveness of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Therapy Varies by Sequence of Treatments, According to Study in JMCP 
Costs and survival benefits of treating patients with metastatic colon cancer with second-line therapies vary considerably depending on the type of regimen provided in the first-line treatment.


AMCP Foundation, Purdue College of Pharmacy Collaborate on Study Analyzing Curricular Preparation for P&T Competition
Findings of the “National Survey of Student Chapter Preparation for the AMCP Foundation Annual P&T Competition.”


Home Delivery of Medications Increases Likelihood of Adherence in Patients With Multiple Chronic Illnesses, Study in JMCP Finds 
Researchers examined adherence among more than 40,000 Medicare patients taking prescriptions for two or more chronic conditions: diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.


Academy Releases Version 4.0 of the AMCP Format for Formulary Submissions 
AMCP is pleased to announce the release of Version 4.0 of the AMCP Format for Formulary Submissions, which includes new guidance on emerging health care issues, such as biosimilars and comparative effectiveness research.


AMCP Foundation Announces Recipients of 2016 National P&T Competition, Best Posters  
The awards were presented at the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


AMCP Foundation Adds New Member to Board of Trustees
The AMCP Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to its Board of Trustees.


AMCP and AMCP Foundation Honors Distinguished Colleagues at Annual Awards Dinner 
Managed care pharmacy recognizes its most distinguished leaders at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Academy and AMCP Foundation.


AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting Kicks Off in San Francisco 
More than 4,200 managed care pharmacists and other health care professionals from across the country are gathered in San Francisco, Calif., this week to attend the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting. 


AMCP Forum on Cholesterol Management Urges Use of Proven Therapies and Management Strategies for PCSK9 Inhibitors
Recommendations published in the April 2016 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.


AMCP Members Choose President-Elect and Three Board Members
AMCP announced the election of four members to the AMCP Board of Directors. The members will be sworn in on April 20 at the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


AMCP Urges Senate Passage of Opioid Addiction Fighting Bill Containing Medicare Abuse and Diversion Provision
AMCP urges the full Senate to pass the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016” (S. 524) with a provision that tackles the issue of opioid abuse and diversion among Medicare Part D beneficiaries. 


AMCP Forum Issues Recommendations for FDA Guidance on FDAMA Section 114
Diverse stakeholders seek broader dissemination of health economic information to meet payer, provider and patient needs.


PRIME Partners With AGA and AMCP on HCV and IBD Educational Initiative  
PRIME Education, Inc., the American Gastroenterological Association and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy announce initiative in collegial learning between payers and providers to improve treatment decision-making in chronic and costly gastroenterological diseases.


AMCP Congratulates Dr. Robert Califf on Becoming FDA Commissioner
AMCP CEO Susan A. Cantrell, RPh, CAE, issues statement congratulating Robert Califf, M.D., on becoming the new Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


AMCP Prepares Detailed Summary of CMS 2017 Draft Call Letter  
CMS credits AMCP for its work on developing framework to define drug therapy problems.


February's Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Focuses on Rising Health Care Costs
This month's issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy (JMCP) takes an in-depth look at various causes and consequences associated with rising health care costs.


AMCP Says CDC’s Draft Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Lack Holistic, Multi-Stakeholder Approach   
AMCP believes that a holistic, comprehensive and multi-stakeholder approach among health care providers and patients is necessary to truly address the opioid epidemic. 


January Issue of AMCP’s Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Focuses on MTM Research
Articles include an examination of factors associated with provider acceptance of pharmacist recommendations; the impact of MTM on adherence and inappropriate medication use; and the development and validation of a patient satisfaction survey for MTM, emphasizing the importance of the patient perspective in managed care pharmacy.