Contracting a Cure for Prescription Drug Costs

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Specialty drug prices were continually creeping up for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. And it wasn’t just the media-grabbing drugs like the EpiPen or hepatitis C medication.

Specialty drugs are taking up an increasing percentage of employers’ total drug spend and they want to take action to change this trend.

“[Those are] not what worries me the most,” said Janet McNichol, HR director for ASHA, a Maryland-based professional association for speech, language and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. “They’re expensive, but have high value.”

Researching claims throughout the year, McNichol has seen prices escalate for medications for more

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