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A Deep-dive Into Specialty Pharma

A specialty drug is a class of prescription medications used to treat complex, chronic or rare medical conditions. Although this classification was originally intended to define the treatment of rare, also termed “orphan” diseases, affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the US, more recently, specialty drugs have emerged as the cornerstone of treatment for chronic and complex diseases such as cancer, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS.


Cigna joins Duke’s ACO

Cigna and Duke Connected Care have teamed up to form an ACO-like relationship that aims to improve population health of some 10,000 individuals in North Carolina covered by Cigna. The private market has been adopting its own versions of the Medicare-run program, looking to achieve the so-called triple aim of reduced cost, improved care and […]

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Store umbilical cord blood for free in public banks

Expectant parents are often overwhelmed with information about banking their baby’s umbilical cord blood, but privately banking cord blood can cost thousands of dollars. Now there’s a way to publicly store cord blood for free. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have come up with a kit-based umbilical cord blood donation program. Cord blood contains special […]

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