Recently the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization published a comprehensive issue brief called The Growth of Specialty Pharmacy: Current Trends and Future Opportunities. The issue brief offers new data and insights from UnitedHealth Group on the challenges of managing specialty pharmacy costs and maximizing clinical outcomes.

This article is adapted from the full issue brief and examines the opportunities and challenges presented by these new therapies. We outline spending patterns and then address various possible solutions designed to maximize the effective use of costly specialty medications. (more…)