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Pharmacy Insights Podcast

Resident experts discuss critical industry challenges and solutions

Drugs to watch

See the latest drugs coming to market and learn how they'll impact you

Emerging trends

Find out which trends are shaping the present and future of pharmacy

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Drug pricing spotlight: Wound care

Combat against brand name products costing 125 times more.

Make your pharmacy benefit plan work better

4 key questions you should be asking.

Pharmacy Insights Podcast

Listen to our resident experts discuss critical industry challenges and the solutions you need to control rising drug costs.

Keeping your data secure is mission critical

See how we help prevent costly, disruptive cyberattacks.

3 new drugs to watch this fall

As the year begins to close, we highlight three essential pipeline drugs with an expected U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision this fall.

8 ways to make drugs more affordable

Discover what plan sponsors need to know.

Fighting fraud

How one plan sponsor recovered $315,000 in six months.

3 ways to deal with escalating drug costs

Innovations custom built for today’s specialty challenges.

A seamless pharmacy benefit change?

We guarantee it. And it's easier than you think.

Four myths: Carving out specialty pharmacy

Integrating specialty pharmacy means better care, lower costs.

Creating connections through partnerships

Hear from an Optum Rx client on how we're partnering together for everyone we serve.

Optum Rx customer obsession video

How one Optum Rx employee made the system work better for everyone

How to manage medication overload

Hear from a leader's perspective on how to manage polypharmacy.

Specialty drug prices giving you sticker shock?

See how Specialty Compass defuses exploding drug costs.

5 questions: Optum Rx chief pharmacy officer

Michael Einodshofer addresses the risks, challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Making sense of copay cards

How copay cards can disrupt your benefit strategy

Rare diseases, large costs

The rise in orphan drugs is offering hope

Which rules will impact pharmacy in 2023?

2023 is already a busy year for pharmacy regulation. Read about the latest regulations that could impact you and your pharmacy benefit plan.

Unlocking the promise of personal medicine

See how a peek at your genes enables more precise prescribing.

How to control drug costs without compromising care

Explore three principles driving better pharmacy benefit decisions.

Addressing pharmacy issues that matter to you

From specialty pharmacy to drug affordability, our experts tackle your biggest pharmacy challenges.

3 new first-in-class therapies coming

See how innovation is driving the latest product development.

Specialty and Weight Loss Webinar

Hear how weight loss drugs are shaping traditional and specialty spend.

GLP-1 agonists: A new class of weight loss medications

In this conversation, discover how new weight loss drugs like Wegovy are changing obesity management and their connection to diabetes.

Biosimilars to save billions in this decade

Prices for popular brand-name biologics drop up to 60% with generic-equivalent biosimilars.

Empowering clients with more choice and transparency

Helping make prescription drugs more affordable for plan sponsors and the members we serve is a universal focus.

Orphan drugs market: Can we afford them?

We examine key questions around orphan drugs such as why they're so expensive, how they're being used and what plan sponsors should do next.

The secret to lowering the total cost of care

Rising pharmacy costs concern everyone. Managing the underlying health conditions behind each prescription is key to addressing these high costs.

What’s changing the PBM industry?

In this conversation, learn from Optum Rx thought leaders on how access, affordability and transparency have become imperatives for pharmacy benefit management.

3 steps to slash medication costs

This is your guide to reducing your health care spending.

The next biosimilar wave has arrived. Now what?

In this conversation, learn about a new class of biosimilars and what this means for competition, cost and volume in the PBM market.

Lowest net cost and your bottom line

Learn about strategies to achieve the lowest net cost of prescription drugs through formularies, biosimilars and our Vigilant Drug Program.

Regulations to watch: Fall 2023

Learn what's at stake as the PBM legislation advances on Capitol Hill.

Personalized care: Focusing on the member

Hear from Optum Rx chief of operations, Jon Mahrt

How to eliminate prescription waste

Achieve savings by targeting expensive, low-value drugs.

The dangers of polypharmacy

Millions of workers at risk due to overprescribed drugs

Alzheimer's treatment: Time for a level-set?

See success rates, risks and costs of the new Alzheimer’s treatments.

Case Study: Advanced Pharmacy Audit Services

How a health plan saved more than $1 million

Optum Neurology Center of Excellence

When you work with the Optum Neurology Center of Excellence, we provide helpful resources so you can spend more time with your patients.

Get ahead of 3 pharmacy trends that will affect your plan

Find out what’s changing the pharmacy market and how it could impact you.

4 new drugs to watch this year

Breakthrough treatments for menopause, Alzheimer's and hemophilia are coming.

Advancing health equity: How Optum Rx Is overcoming challenges

Thought leaders discuss the intentional vigilance needed to overcome obstacles impeding better access to health care for all.

How to manage blockbuster anti-obesity drugs

The pricey weight management drugs work well, but users need coaching and support to maintain the benefits.

Rules impacting pharmacy: Summer 2023 legislative sessions

Learn what's at stake as the Senate considers PBM legislation.

3 ways to address vaccine fatigue

Learn about researched vaccine messaging themes and important steps you can take to promote critical vaccinations for members.

Experts agree: PBMs add value, lower costs

PBMs don’t cause high drug costs — they’re part of the solution. Our drug prices beat the “low cost” vendors.

Gene therapies: Can we afford the future of medicine?

Learn how to manage financial risk as gene therapies become more commonplace.

Exciting advances for sickle cell, chronic obesity, Alzheimer’s

See potential cures for sickle cell and new help for chronic obesity and Alzheimer’s, along with how they work and how much they cost.

5 trends that defined pharmacy in 2023

See which trends are shaping the present and future of pharmacy care services.

Regulatory update: Winter 2023

Get the latest on legislation impacting PBMs.

Managing diabetes gains an 8:1 return on investment

Learn how a third-party administrator’s client improved health outcomes and lowered costs.

Drugs to Watch in summer 2023: New therapies

New drugs for postpartum depression, dermatitis and blindness are coming.

Redefining the prior authorization process

How we are revamping the prescribing process

Optum Rx Drug Pipeline Insights Reports

Read the most recent quarterly reports on new drugs coming down the pipeline.

How our medication packaging helps the planet

New packaging saves CO2, water, energy, and plastic waste.

Shipping sensitive medications

See how medications are protected in transit.

Smart formulary management

Developing and managing formularies that bring clinical and financial value

Transforming the pharmacy industry with transparency

Hear how the industry’s most transparent and independent Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee evaluates drugs for the Optum Rx formulary.

Alternative funding: Real savings or problems?

See how much "free" drugs will actually cost you.

Health Equity Vision Into Action Report

Learn how identifying and addressing disparities in health care allows everyone to live their healthiest life.

Regulatory updates with Optum Rx

Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in pharmacy legislation.

First big drugs for 2024

New treatments for NASH, schizophrenia and more are on the way.

Using data to improve health equity

Together, we can identify disparities and take steps toward health equity for all Americans.

2024: A new year promises a host of new drugs

See which trends to consider when assessing the pharmacy benefit, which new drugs may be flying under the radar and what’s coming this year.

Weighty issue: How to contain GLP-1 costs

Get strategies for handling the new anti-obesity medications.

New hope for neurological conditions

Learn how a holistic model enhances multiple sclerosis care.

A young patient’s hemophilia story

See how OptumRx helped change a patient’s life.

Defining the future of alternate-site infusion pharmacy care

Optum tackles the many issues infusion pharmacy care faces as it serves vulnerable patients with acute needs and complex conditions.

Outlook on oncology 2023

See how emerging trends, including a global pandemic, are reshaping the landscape of oncology care and medication.

Connect your patients to funds and support with FundFinder

Help your patients afford their medications and connect to funds from charitable organizations with FundFinder.

Specialty Pharmacy 101

Specialty pharmacies deliver high-touch services to help patients stay adherent to treatment plans and live healthier lives.

Population health management best practices

Learn about industry players in the population health management (PHM) market and what to look for in a best-in-class solution.

Quick-reference oncology drug guide

This interactive guide makes it easy for prescribers to find the drug information they need to get patients started on their therapy.

Optum Specialty Pharmacy & Optum Infusion Pharmacy Appeals

When patients are denied access to medications and treatments they need, the Optum Specialty Pharmacy and Optum Infusion Pharmacy Appeals Team is here to help