3. Drugs aggressively axed from CVS Health’s fomulary

In creating its 2017 formulary, the pharmacy benefits manager CVS Health, said “Hit the road, Jack,” to a number of drugs.  Some products like Sanofi’s insulin blockbuster Lantus and Amgen’s Neupogen were given the boot in favor of biosimilar counterparts. Ten other drugs were left high and dry for being “hyperinflationary,” including several drugs made by Valeant, Concordia, and Novum Pharma. Some rare disease and cancer drugs were also nixed. These formulary cuts should translate to cost savings for CVS Health but are worrisome for patients who may no longer have access to needed products.  This is also concerning for drug makers, particularly if other PBMs follow suit.